Criminal Defence Lawyers - Toronto Criminal Law Firm

Jonathan A. Shime, Toronto Criminal Lawyer - Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP

Jonathan A. Shime

Tel: 416-585-1716
Fax: 416-408-2372
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Resume of Jonathan A. Shime, Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyer

Partner (since 2008)

Education 

Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada, 2002
Osgoode Hall Law School - LL.B. Class of 2000
McGill University, 1993 - Honours B.A. in Political Science
University of Toronto, 1996 - Basic Mandarin
Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 1992 - Political Science

Employment

July, 2008 - Present - Partner, Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP

Represent clients before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Superior Court and Ontario Court of Justice, including bail hearings, trials and appeals under the Criminal Code, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Youth Criminal Justice Act
Applications on behalf of clients pursuant to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

February 2002 -June, 2008 - Associate, Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP

Represent clients before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Superior Court and Ontario Court of Justice, including bail hearings, trials and appeals under the Criminal Code, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Youth Criminal Justice Act
Applications on behalf of clients pursuant to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

 July 2000 - July 2001 - Articles of Clerkship, Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP & West 

Assisted in the drafting of facta for the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Superior Court of Justice
Appeared regularly on behalf of clients before the Ontario Court of Justice
Assisted in all aspects of case management including intake interviews, bail hearings, legal research and trial preparation

April 1999 -Aug 1999 - Research Assistant, Osgoode Hall Law School’s Innocence Project

Co-researched and drafted a successful application for intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada, assisted with preparation of factum for counsel’s legal argument before the Court

May 1998 -Apr.1999 - Administrative Law Division Leader, C.L.A.S.P.

Appeared before the Social Assistance Review Board and the Health Professions Board and made oral and written submissions, mediated at the Ontario Human Rights Commission
Responsible for all aspects of case management, including intake interviews, legal research, negotiations and advocacy, caseworker in the Criminal and Immigration Divisions

June 1996 - July 1997 - Community Development Worker, Keith Whitney Homes Society

Assisted the homeless in finding and maintaining permanent housing, protected clients’ rights through the use of the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Landlord and Tenant Act
Representative to the Advocacy Working Group, which advocated politically for the rights of the homeless

June 1994 -March 1996 - Child and Youth Worker, Treatment Counselor, Jerome Diamond Adolescent Centre

Member of clinical team servicing multicultural youth with emotional and psychological difficulties
Member of CUPE and workshop representative to Labour-Management Committee

March 1990 -July 1990 - Administrator, English Teacher - English Express (Prague)

Taught in entrepreneurial English School for students and professionals.

Extracurricular Activities and Community Involvement

1999-2000 - Gale Cup Team Member, National Champions, Osgoode Hall Law School

One of four students selected to represent Osgoode Hall at National Criminal Law Mooting Competition

1999-2000 - Sopinka Cup Team Member, Osgoode Hall Law School

One of two students selected to represent Osgoode Hall at National Trial Advocacy Competition in Ottawa, Ontario

1999-2000 - Arnup Cup Team Member, Osgoode Hall Law School

One of two students selected to represent Osgoode Hall at Provincial Trial Advocacy Competition • Obtained 2nd place finish and secured place for team in the Sopinka Cup Competition • Honourable Mention for Best Cross-Examination and Best Closing Address to Jury

1998 - 1999 - Innocence Project, Osgoode Hall Law School

One of eight students selected to represent individuals who have been wrongfully convicted • Negotiated with Crown Law offices and police forces to obtain seminal information about clients’ case files, arranged for DNA retesting with Crown Law office and private laboratory • Researched the causes of wrongful convictions and presented findings in the form of a seminar; conducted presentations for community organizations about wrongful convictions.

1998 -1999 - Upper-Year Mentor, Osgoode Hall Law School

One of twenty students selected to be a mentor for incoming students • Organized and conducted seminars for first-year students on legal research, essay writing and exam preparation

1992 -1993 - Founder, Multicultural Student Coalition, McGill University

Built coalition with student leaders of campus groups, including Black Students’ Network and Women’s Union, to fight discrimination on campus • Lobbied university administration to institute anti-discriminatory policies • Educated community through press campaign and awareness events.

1991 -1993 - Lobbyist, Outreach Worker, AIDS Education Committee

Lobbied provincial and federal governments to improve the services for people with AIDS • Organized resource centre to provide HIV+ people with essential needs and referrals • Taught AIDS prevention to teenagers in local high schools.

Publications

“Corbett Applications.” Paper published in conference materials at “Criminal Intelligence: Critical Information for the Prosecution, the Defence and the Police,” Toronto, 2000.

 Languages - English, French

Travel Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa (Sept. 1989- Feb. 1990)
Northeast and Southeast Asia (Aug. 1993- Apr. 1994