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UNB RJS Presents: Thomas Cromwell on Access to Justice

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

All RJS and non-RJS UNB students, mark your calendars for next term! The Restorative Justice Society @ UNB Law invites you to attend the virtual meeting hosted for us by the ex-Supreme Court of Canada judge, Honourable Thomas Cromwell (CC). He will be speaking about access to justice! For first-year students, scroll down for more information about him and his contribution to the legal community.

Topic: UNB RJS Presents: Thomas Cromwell on Access to Justice

Time: Jan 22, 2021 12:00 PM EST, 1:00 PM ADT

To Join the Zoom Meeting, please send us an e-mail and we will send you the link and passcode.

Thomas Cromwell sat on the SCC from December 2008 to September 2016. Preceding the SCC, from 1997 to 2008, he sat on the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.

While sat on the SCC, he wrote the unanimous decision in Bhasin v Hyrnew (2014) that finally recognized the implied term of good faith as an umbrella principle of contract law. He has also been heavily involved in pushing for recognition of aboriginal rights and title, as seen in his seminal roles in R v Marshall, R v Bernard, and Tŝilhqot'in Nation v BC.

After he retired from the SCC, ex-Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin asked him to remain as chair of the Canadian Forum of Civil Justice's action committee.

In 2017, he was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest Order of Canada. He joined Borden Ladner and Gervais as counsel and was retained as an advisor by Jody Wilson-Raybould (ex-Minister of Justice and Attorney General) during her resignation from the federal cabinet.

In 2019, Thomas Cromwell, Beverly McLachlin, and other important legal figures started the "Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin Access to Justice Fund". The Fund's goal is to raise $10 million to improve access to justice in Canada. The Canadian government has already granted the fund $5 million. The fund will look at supporting innovative projects that offer practical solutions to our access to justice issues. This will be the topic of the talk; however, you are welcome to ask him any questions that you may have during the Q&A.

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