Janet Leiper, LL.B., LL.M., C.S. , Barrister & Solicitor was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1987, finishing the Bar Admission Course with the highest standing among Western graduates and recipient of the Harcourts Advocacy Award. In 1995, she was the second woman to receive certification from the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in criminal law. Her practice included criminal law and advocacy before administrative tribunals and by 1993, she had been made an adjudicator for the Province of Ontario, serving as a legal member and then as an Alternate Chair of the Ontario Review Board.
Her law practice is based at the law chambers at 15 Bedford Road. She is a part time member of the Ontario Securities Commission, an Alternate Chair of the Ontario Review Board and an Alternate Chair of the Nunavut Review Board. From 2004-2007, she served as the full time Chair of the Board of Legal Aid Ontario. She was a Visiting Professor, Public Interest Law to Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.
In 2009, Ms. Leiper was appointed for a five year term to act as the Integrity Commissioner to the City of Toronto. In that capacity, she provided advice, complaint investigation and resolution to elected and appointed officials. In 2011, Ms. Leiper was elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and assumed a number of responsibilities for policy and adjudication of discipline disputes.
Ms. Leiper has been honoured for her service to the profession. In 2009, she received the Laura Legge Award from the Law Society of Upper Canada. In 2013, she received a Lexpert Zenith award given to women leaders in the legal profession.
Statement of Principles
Human rights legislation is afforded quasi-Constitutional status by the Supreme Court of Canada. It is of such import that under the Rules of Professional Conduct (for lawyers) and the Paralegal Rules of Conduct, licensees of the Law Society of Upper Canada have a special duty to respect human rights in their dealings with others*
*Section 2.03, Paralegal Rules of Conduct; ss. 6.3 and 6.3.1, Rules of Professional Conduct.
As a licensee of the Law Society of Upper Canada, I stand by the following principles:
- My responsibility as a member of the legal profession to protect the dignity of all individuals, and to respect human rights laws in force in Ontario; and
- An acknowledgement of my obligation to respect equality, diversity and inclusion generally and in my behaviour towards colleagues, employees, clients and the public.
- I will ensure that no client or prospective client is denied services or receives inferior service on the basis of the grounds set out in the Human Rights Code.
- A recognition that the Law Society is committed to Inclusive legal workplaces in Ontario, a reduction of barriers created by racism, unconscious bias and discrimination and better representation of racialized licensees in the legal professions in all legal workplaces and at all levels of seniority.