Paul B. Schabas, Law Society Treasurer

Paul B. Schabas is the Treasurer of the Law Society.Treasuer Schabas_Small The Treasurer is the highest elected official of the Law Society, which regulates Ontario’s 50,000 lawyers and 8,000 paralegals in the public interest.

Treasurer Schabas is a partner and senior trial and appellate counsel at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto, where he handles complex commercial, regulatory and anti-corruption matters. Considered one of Canada’s leading media and constitutional lawyers, he has argued many seminal cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, developing new law in areas such as defamation, free expression, equality rights, judicial independence and access to justice. Treasurer Schabas is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Elected a bencher of the Law Society in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015, he served as chair of the Human Rights Monitoring Group, the Access to Justice Committee, and the Professional Regulation Committee and was a member of the Equity and Aboriginal, Tribunals and Finance Committees and the Articling and Mentoring Task Forces.

An adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Treasurer Schabas frequently writes and speaks on a variety of legal matters. He is past chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario and a past president of Pro Bono Law Ontario and the Canadian Media Lawyers Association. He was recently named Best Lawyers® 2016 Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year for Toronto, and in 2011 was named one of Canada’s “most influential” lawyers by Canadian Lawyer magazine.

Called to the Ontario Bar in 1986, he earned both his LLB and BA (Hon.) from the University of Toronto (1984, 1981).

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