B.A., LL.B., LL.M., L.S.M.
phone: 416 533-0040, ext. 222
David grew up in Toronto believing it was right to stand outside the fence, if that was the principled place to be. His mother, an early feminist, and his father, a progressive with Mennonite roots, encouraged him to use law as an instrument of social change.
While at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, David established Canada’s first legal aid clinic housed within a psychiatric hospital. » Read the rest
B.Sc., Legal Assistant
phone: (416) 533-0040 ext. 230
“Good morning, bakerlaw, this is Sydney speaking . . . ”
Sydney Baker is usually the first person you talk to when contacting bakerlaw. To answer what you probably want to, but are too polite to ask, yes, Sydney is David’s niece. She got the job through nepotism, but she works hard every day to keep it. » Read the rest
Laurie Beachell was the National Coordinator of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) for over 30 years. He retired in 2015 and now lives on the family farm just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Laurie remains keenly interested in work related to defining substantive equality as it relates to disadvantaged groups. » Read the rest
Geoff is a student at Osgoode Hall Law School, having recently completed his second year. At law school he has been active with the mooting society, competing in the 2017 Wilson Moot, and systemic advocacy projects with the Test Case Litigation Project. He is interested in administrative, constitutional, employment, and human rights law – with a particular draw to the Charter. » Read the rest
phone: (416) 681-9615
Mark is Of Counsel to Bakerlaw in conjunction with his own general commercial and administrative law practice – Mark Donald Law.
He has an extensive background in social justice, civil liberties, and human rights litigation, and has represented: students, school boards, medical professionals, activists & journalists before all levels of court and tribunal. » Read the rest
Since 2011 Birthe Jorgensen has acted as the part time administrator of bakerlaw, having previously followed bakerlaw’s work with interest.
This is a new career for Birthe. She holds a PhD in law from the University of Cambridge obtained in the 1980s, with a thesis topic of Emergency Powers in Canada and Northern Ireland. » Read the rest
B.A. (Hons.), LIcensed Paralegal, Legal Assistant
phone: 416-533-0040 ext. 230
Anoop is joining our team as a Legal Assistant!
Although currently not practicing as one, Anoop completed her Paralegal program as one of the top students at Seneca College. She also took part in two undergraduate mooting competitions where she was one of the top oral advocates, arguing Charter issues. It was here that her interest for human rights began and in part what makes her such a great fit for bakerlaw. » Read the rest
When she isn’t playing soccer, quidditch, or with her giant, misbehaved dogs, Laura is hard at work at the bakerlaw office.
Laura will be going into her third year at the law faculty of the University of Western Ontario this coming September.
At Western, Laura was selected as an oralist for a moot competition in international law. » Read the rest
B.A. (Hons), J.D.
phone: 416-533-0040 ext. 225
Azin Samani joins the Bakerlaw team after half a decade of representing severely disabled clients in medical malpractice and insurance cases at a leading Ontario firm. Azin’s background is also rooted in helping disadvantaged members of our community access social benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program and the Canada Pension Plan Disability. » Read the rest
B.A. (Hons), J.D.
phone: (416) 533-0040 ext. 226
Kim is our Junior Associate. She joined our team as an articling student in August 2015 as a recent graduate from Western Law. She completed her undergraduate degree in Social Justice and Peace Studies and Sociology at King’s University College. This program introduced her to the concept of structural or systemic justice. » Read the rest