Tuesday, February 9, 2021
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM   




$150.00 per guest
Please contact Cindy Osheroff at for a student discounted rate.

CIJA & UJA’s Annual Legal Conference

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto are pleased to present their 4th annual legal conference, The Rule of Law in Times of Crisis, by webinar this year. Join your peers from across Canada to hear about the legal issues brought into sharp relief by recent world events that have impacted us all. An array of expert speakers and panelists will examine how times of crisis challenge the rule of law, including:

  • An opening keynote by The Honourable Thomas Albert Cromwell, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (retired)
  • A mid-day keynote address by The Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch of the Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Attorneys General David Lametti (Canada) and The Honourable Doug Downey (Ontario) discussing how governments have worked to balance individual rights and public protection in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Other esteemed panelists examining relevant constitutional issues in Canada, the United States, and Israel; intrusions on civil liberties in times of crisis; and protecting the rights of minorities

John Rosen, Chair, CIJA Legal Task Force & Conference Co-Chair
Larry Weinberg, UJA, Conference Co-Chair


A portion of the proceeds raised will go to the Lawyers Feed The Hungry program.
This program contains 2 hours of EDI Professionalism Content.
Please register by February 5th at 4:00pm.


Time Event
10:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Barbara Bank, Chair, CIJA Toronto Council
Larry Weinberg, UJA, Conference Co-Chair
Heidi Brown, Partner, Bogoroch Associates LLP
10:15 AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Can the Rule of Law Survive?
The Honourable Thomas Albert Cromwell, Supreme Court of Canada (Retired)
Introduction by John Rosen, Chair, CIJA Legal Task Force & Conference Co-Chair
11:00 AM Constitutional Law Issues and Responses in Times of Crisis: A Comparative Analysis
Prof. Howard Kislowicz, University of Calgary Faculty of Law
Prof. Noah Novogrodsky, University of Wyoming College of Law
Prof. Rivka Weill, Radzyner Law School, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC)
Moderator: Prof. Adam Dodek, Dean, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
12:00 PM Break
12:15 PM Striking the Balance: Individual Freedoms vs. Public Protection
Attorney General and Minister of Justice (Canada), Honourable David Lametti
Attorney General (Ontario), Honourable Doug Downey
Moderator: The Honourable Justice Edward Prutschi
Introduction by The Honourable Madam Justice Sharon Shore
1:15 PM Lunch w/ Breakout Room    Sponsored by Atlantic Coated Papers
The Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch, Court of Appeal for Ontario
Introduction by Larry Weinberg, UJA, Conference Co-Chair
2:30 PM Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Canada: Intrusions During Crises
1 hour - EDI Professionalism Content
Cara Zwibel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Rev. Anthony Bailey, Senior Minister, Parkdale United Church, Ottawa
Prof. Richard Janda, McGill University, Faculty of Law
Moderator: Lawrence Greenspon, CIJA Legal Task Force
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Protecting the Rights of Minorities in Times of Crisis
1 hour - EDI Professionalism Content
Chris Thompson, Interim Executive Director, Federation of Black Canadians
Queenie Choo, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Shimon Koffler Fogel, CIJA
Moderator: Akaash Maharaj, Mosaic Institute
4:45 PM Closing Remarks
John Rosen, Chair, CIJA Legal Task Force & Conference Co-Chair
5:00 PM Breakout Room
For more information, please contact Cindy Osheroff at