Criminal Defence Lawyers - Toronto Criminal Law Firm

Benjamin Elzinga Cheng

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Resume of Benjamin Elzinga Cheng, Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyer

 

Ben ElzingaCheng

 

EDUCATION

 

2011-2014 University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Toronto, ON

  • Juris Doctor

1998-2005 University of British Columbia, Department of Medical Genetics, Vancouver, BC

  • Doctorate of Philosophy  (Medical Genetics)

1992-1998 Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Science, Burnaby, BC

  • Bachelor of Science (Biology)

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

 

June, 2015 Called to the Bar, Law Society of Upper Canada

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

July, 2015 - ongoing Associate, Cooper, Sandler, Shime and Bergman LLP, Toronto, ON

August, 2014 –            Articling Student, Cooper, Sandler, Shime and Bergman LLP, Toronto, ON

July, 2015

  • Articling Student and then Associate with criminal defence firm assisting clients with charges under the Criminal Code, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and other quasi-Criminal regulatory legislation

 

December, 2015 - Per Diem Duty Counsel, Brampton Ontario Court of Justice

  • Duty counsel in Bail court assisting unrepresented accused with consent releases and contested bail hearings

 

Summers, 2012, Student Caseworker, Downtown Legal Services, Toronto, ON

  1. 2013.                           Worked on files in the Criminal and Refugee/Immigration Divisions
  • Attend set dates, conduct Pre-Trial negotiations with the Crown, make sentencing submissions and prepare and run trials
  • Prepared written submissions in Refugee/Immigration Division

 

2009-2010 English as a Second Language Teacher, Evangelical Fellowship Chapel, Toronto, ON

  • Taught classes in conversational English to adult students

 

2008-2009 English as a Second Language Teacher, Xi’An Polytechnic University, Xi’An, Shaanxi, China

  • Taught English conversational class to college students

 

 

2007-2008 Educational Presenter, Scientists in School, Toronto, ON

  • Presented hands-on science workshops to Grade 6 and 8 students

 

2006 Research Technician, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON

  • Investigated the binding of proteins to DNA with experiments

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

 

2012-2013 Leonard Feigman, Q.C. Prize in Evidence 

 

2000-2003 Canadian Institute for Health Research, Doctoral Research Award

2000-2001 UBC Killam Memorial, Pre-doctoral Fellowship

2000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Post Graduate Studies Scholarship (declined)

1998-2000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Post Graduate Studies Scholarship

1997-1998 Simon Fraser University, Open Scholarship

1992-1996 Simon Fraser University, Chancellor’s Entrance Scholarship

 

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

 

Faculty of Law, University of Toronto:

2012 – 2014 Upper Year Shift Leader, Downtown Legal Services, Criminal Division

2011- 2012 Volunteer Caseworker, Downtown Legal Services, Criminal Division

2011- 2012 Volunteer Caseworker, Advocates for Injured Workers

 

Volunteer Activities outside Law

 

2009-2012, 2015 Kids’ Soccer Coach, Sorauren Park Soccer, Salvation Army Soccer

 

2006- 2011 Drop In Volunteer, Parkdale Neighbourhood Church

 

2004-2005 ESL Tutor, Grandview Calvary Baptist Church

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

February 7, 2015 Nolo Contendere and Alford Pleas in Canada; Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2015, Criminal Justice: Getting to Guilty (Not!)

 

SKILLS & INTERESTS

 

Languages: Conversational Mandarin

Hobbies: reading, traveling/exploring, Board Gaming, Ultimate Frisbee