Janet Leiper, LL.B., LL.M., C.S.                                          Barrister & Solicitor

  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1987
  • Certification by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist (Criminal Law) since 1995
  • Masters in Law, University of Toronto, 2008
  • Elected Bencher 2011-2015

I am a sole practitioner with a diverse public interest practice founded on 27 years of criminal and administrative advocacy, investigations and adjudication.  I have been honoured to serve in a number of public capacities while maintaining my private practice. These positions have included Integrity Commissioner for the City of Toronto, Visiting Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, Chair of the Board of Legal Aid Ontario and serving for years as an Alternate Chair of the Ontario and Nunavut Review Boards. I have also supported the legal community in other forms of service including acting as a mentor in the Women’s Law Association program, serving for four years as a Director for Pro Bono Law Ontario and acting as pro bono duty counsel before the Law Society Hearing Tribunal.

Past Positions

  • Integrity Commissioner, City of Toronto (2009-2014)
  • Chair, Legal Aid Ontario, (2004-2007)
  • Director, Osgoode Public Interest Requirement (2007-2009)
  • Visiting Professor, Osgoode Law School, Public Interest Law (2007-2009)
  • Director, Criminal Lawyers’ Association (1993-2001)

Service as a Bencher 2011-2014

I have served on the following committees and working groups over the past four years:

  • Audit and Finance
  • Professional Regulation
  • Equity and Aboriginal
  • Access to Justice
  • Bencher Election
  • Working Group on Costs
  • Bencher Remuneration
  • Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees
  • Hearing Tribunal
  • Appeal Tribunal
  • Tribunal Implementation Working Group

I have also held the following Committee leadership positions:

  • Chair, Certified Specialist Board
  • Chair, Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees (Vice-Chairs, Julian Falconer and Howard Goldblatt)
  • Co-Chair, Equity/Aboriginal Committee (Co-Chair, Julian Falconer; Vice-Chairs Susan Hare and Beth Symes)
  • Vice-Chair, Tribunal Committee (Chair: Raj Anand)

Other Law Society of Upper Canada Experience

  • Head of Section, in Criminal Law, Bar Admission Course (1997-2004)
  • Member, Barrister Advisory Group  (2005-2010)
  • Member, Certified Specialist Board (2008-2010)
  • Chair, Advanced Criminal Roundtable (2006-2010)
  • Co-Chair, Special Lectures on Evidence (2003)


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Ontario, 1985
  • Masters of Laws, University of Toronto, 2008

Professional Recognition

  • Laura Legge Award, Law Society of Upper Canada (2009)
  • Women of Distinction Award, (2013)