Edgar-Andre Montigny, Ph.D, J.D.
Edgar-Andre Montigny completed his doctorate in Canadian history in 1993. His thesis examined public policy and the care of the dependent aged in late nineteenth-century Ontario. Ed then spent several years teaching history and Canadian studies at various Ontario universities. While he was a graduate student, he joined the Board of Neighbourhood Legal Services (NLS). His work with NLS inspired him to become a lawyer.
Ed studied law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, graduating in 2003. He spent his articles as a judicial law clerk at the Superior Court of Justice, focusing on administrative law issues before the Divisional Court. From 2009 until 2016, he was a staff lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre where he represented clients on a range of accommodation and human rights issues. Together with Kerri Joffe, Ed prepared a paper, commissioned by the Law Commission of Ontario, on the rights of persons subject to Court Appointed guardianships. Ed also served on the Advisory Board that helped produce the Law Commission of Ontario’s report on Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship in Ontario.
Ed established his practice to focus on issues of consent, capacity and substitute decision making. He has the skills and experience necessary to help people with capacity issues assert their right to make decisions for themselves. Ed can also help those who make decisions on behalf of another person understand the nature and scope of their role, to ensure they can carry out their obligations in a manner that respects the rights and human dignity of the person for whom they make decisions.
|Call to the Bar
|Law Society of Upper Canada
|University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
|University of Ottawa
|University of Toronto
|University of Ottawa
ARCH DISABILITY LAW CENTRE, Staff Lawyer (2009-2017)
- Represented clients on accommodation and human rights claims, capacity and guardianship issues and attendant care matters.
- Researched and prepared submissions on various issues of law reform relevant to persons with disabilities
- Planned conferences, conducted public legal education activities
- Assisted with training of articling students, student volunteers and supervision of students in the disability law intensive.
ARCH/OSGOODE HALL LAW SCHOOL DISABILTY LAW INTENSIVE (2013-2017)
Developed and implemented practical training program for law students in disability law; supervising and evaluating students.
SOLE PRACTITIONER (2006-2009)
Operated a largely poverty law/ legal aid based practice representing clients, many of them persons with disabilities, refugees or recent immigrants, on administrative law issues before Divisional Court, Social Benefits Tribunal, Consent and Capacity Board, and Small Claims Court and Provincial Court matters.
JUNIOR ASSOCIATE, ZIMMERMAN LAWYERS (assistant to W. Zimmerman 2004-05)
Assisted with civil litigation, administrative law cases and court of appeal work, as well as seeking leave to appeal to Supreme Court of Canada.
TEACHING / LECTURING / SYMPOSIUM EXPERIENCE
LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY – WOMEN’S STUDIES/JUSTICE STUDIES (2018)
Developed and taught, “Gender, Disability and the Law” (an on-line course)
PACIFIC COAST UNIVERSITY FOR WORKPLACE HEALTH SCIENCES (2017-18)
Taught “Disability and Society” , “Disability, Work and the Law”, “Disability and Diversity in the Workplace” and “Legislation, Employment Accommodation and the AODA”.
YORK UNIVERSITY – HISTORY: Law, Politics and the Constitution in Modern Canada (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15)
Presented as an introduction to legal history and legal analysis for history students.
UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR LAW SCHOOL: Law Disability and Social Change
(2015, 2013 & 2011)
Guest Lecturer on the topic of “Capacity, Autonomy and Supported Decision Making.”
LAW SOCIETY OF UPPER CANADA: Access Awareness Event
(2012) Organized public symposium on Attendant Services and Independent Living
(2013) Organized public symposium on intersectionality and mental health/capacity
YORK UNIVERSITY: Law and Disability (Winter 2011)
Participated as a graduate advisor, directing major research papers for Masters level course which included graduate students in Disability Studies as well as students from Osgoode Hall Law School.
HUMBER COLLEGE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS: Paralegal and Court & Tribunal Agent Program (2005-06)
Taught courses on Professional Conduct and Authorized Practice as well as Administrative Law/Boards and Tribunals.
RYERSON UNIVERSITY (1999-2006)
Taught Human Rights and the Canadian State.
ASSISTANT EDITOR, COURTROOM PROCEDURES MANUAL, Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Justice Dan Ferguson (2005-2008), Co-editor for 2009 edition
Carried out research, writing, editing for the first edition of this major legal publication project.
JUDICIAL LAW CLERK, SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE, Divisional Court (2003-2004)
Assisted judges with applications for judicial review, statutory and civil appeals, researched memoranda of law focusing on administrative, constitutional and public law.
RESEARCHER, LAW COMMISSION OF CANADA (1999-2000)
Conducted research through Public History Inc. for project on abuse of children within public institutions.
EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE (VOLUNTEER)
NEIGHBOURHOOD LEGAL SERVICES (Toronto – Poverty law clinic)
I have played a major role on the Board since 1992, as secretary and on the Board Governance (executive) Committee where I have assisted and advised the Co-Directors on staffing, hiring, and discipline issues, responding to the clinic funder, developing policy, participated in union contract negotiations, conducted evaluations of the Co-Directors and monitored strategic planning process.
DOWNTOWN LEGAL SERVICES (University of Toronto, student clinic)
For two years I was part of the student executive committee which advised the Executive Director on policy, student hiring and the development of the clinical legal education program.
ONTARIO BAR ASSOCIATION (OBA) ACTIVITIES
OBA EQUALITY COMMITTEE (Chair 2013-2014)
Since 2008 I have participated on this committee dedicated to promoting equality and the interests of equality seeking groups within the legal profession.
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW SECTION (Chair 2011-2013)
I joined the executive in 2007 and became Chair in 2011. Executive members organize continuing legal education (CLE)
programs, prepare submissions and commentary on provincial legislation, court procedures and the law society policy.
ATTORNEY GENERAL’S LEGAL AID ADVISORY REVIEW PANEL (2009)
I was appointed by the OBA as a poverty law/legal aid clinic representative on this committee established to advise the Attorney General’s office on how to distribute new money into the legal aid system.
CANADIAN BAR ASSOCIATION (CBA) ACTIVITIES
ACCESS 2 JUSTICE COMMITTEE (2014-2016)
As Chair of the Legal Aid Liaison Committee I have a seat on the A2J committee. I have focused my work on the Legal Aid Benchmarks project – aimed at setting a vision for an expanded national legal aid program by 2020.
SOGIC SURVEY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (Chair)
With assistance from Professor Kathleen Lahey (Queen’s Law School), I led the initiative to gain Canadian Bar Association support for a national survey and investigation into the status and needs of the CBA’s GLBTTQ members. SSHRCC funding was secured to create a national survey and to prepare a report to the CBA.
Julia Aron Munk, MA, JD
Barrister & Solicitor, Notary Public
Julia Aron Munk completed her Masters of Art at the University of Victoria in Studies in Policy and Practice in Health and Social Services. Her thesis examined how and why people with disabilities become community organizers. Julia has spent several years advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. While she was a graduate student, she became interested in the human rights and disability issues faced by families. This interest inspired her to become a lawyer.
Julia studied law at the Osgoode Hall Law School, graduating in 2016. During her studies, she completed the Osgoode Child Protection Law Externship, the Osgoode Disability Law Intensive and participated in The Family Law Project. She completed her Law Practise Program placement at ARCH Disability Law Centre where she worked on a range of accommodation and human rights issues. Julia welcomed a new addition to her family with the birth of her son in 2018. As a mother, she has become even more aware of the legal needs of families, particularly, those with young children.
Julia established her own practice in 2020 to focus on issues faced by families, including Estates Issues and a variety of Human Rights concerns that impact both individuals and families. Julia can help make legal matters more accessible and understandable. She is caring and committed to working with you to meet your legal needs.