The firm wishes to congratulate its senior partner, Mark Sandler, who was this year’s recipient of the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal for his outstanding contributions to criminal justice.
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Amanda M. Ross
Profile of Amanda M. Ross, Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyer
Amanda Ross graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Alberta in 2008 with an Honours degree in Philosophy. She completed her Juris Doctor at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2012 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2013. While at Osgoode Hall Ms. Ross was the recipent of numerous awards, including prizes for excellence in criminal law and social justice, and a Dean's Gold Key award in 2012.
While at Osgoode Hall Ms. Ross focused heavily on criminal law. She worked in the Criminal Division of the law school's Legal Aid clinic (CLASP), representing low-income individuals charged with criminal offences. Ms. Ross co-chaired a successful university-wide referendum to triple student funding for the clinic, and in 2011 served on the clinic's Board of Directors. Ms. Ross was also an active member of the Osgoode Hall Women's Caucus, acting as a co-chair from 2011-2012.
Ms. Ross articled with Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman and joined the firm as an associate in June of 2013. Ms. Ross's primary area of practice is criminal law. She represents clients on a variety of matters before the criminal courts, including charges of breach of recognizance, fraud, aggravated assault, domestic assault, criminal harassment, weapons offences, drug offences, and driving offences. She has assisted in the representation of clients at every level of court in Ontario, including at the Ontario Court of Appeal and at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ms. Ross also assists clients charged under provincial and regulatory statutes such as the Highway Traffic Act and under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Ms. Ross conducts criminal appeals and appeals under the Provincial Offences Act, and since 2014 has acted as appellate counsel for the Summary Conviction Appeal Court Pro Bono Program at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. She is listed as Special Duty Counsel to assist individuals dealing with serious mental health issues at a downtown Toronto courthouse. Ms. Ross has also lectured at the Toronto Police College in relation to the investigation and prosecution of the non-disclosure of HIV. She has also acted as prosecution and appellate counsel for various professional regulatory bodies.
Ms. Ross sits as a member of the Recent Call Committee of the Criminal Lawyers' Association, as well as a junior litigator member of the Litigation Committee.