Professionally, my work could be described this way: I am a former criminal defence lawyer, a law professor, a writer, a non-profit leader, a politico, a volunteer, and a social justice advocate. I have also worked with several non-profit organizations in the areas of governance, community engagement, mission/vision building, and conflict resolution.
In 2015, I founded All IN, an organization committed to building inclusive communities.
I have been interviewed on criminal justice and policing issues on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, CFRB’s Closing Arguments, and CTV’s News Express. My writing has been published in the Huffington Post, the Toronto Star, the Canadian Jewish News, and TVO’s The Agenda on-line.
I am a person who thinks globally, and is driven by helping individuals while advocating for systemic change. I wish for us to build a world where charity is not needed, because our socio-economic and political structures already create a safe, equitable, and compassionate society. I ran for Toronto City Council in 2014 and in 2018, when Premier Ford changed election rules and ward boundaries mid-election.
I feel passionate about these issues: policing, punishment, prisons, restorative justice, poverty, global justice, children’s rights and life conditions (children in war, child labour, child sexual exploitation, the value of girls in families and communities), education, increasing tolerance and understanding between people of diverse backgrounds, peace between Israel and Palestinians, Indigenous rights and equality, the environment, and the abundance of chemical and electromagnetic materials that are harmful to our children, humanity, and the environment. These issues are all connected. It would be an understatement to say that my professional advancement is both enriched and hampered by my diverse interests, and my commitment to working on these interconnected issues.
I am also a (single) mother striving to devote as much as I can to my children while also nourishing my public life, staying relevant, and contributing to the rest of the world.
This blog represents a fusion of three of my pursuits and passions: improvement of our criminal justice system to make it more humane (which will also make it more effective), engagement of the public, and writing. (Though I dod also include some of my other articles here.) I hope that it will contribute to the public’s meaningful understanding and involvement in the criminal justice system and to the improvement of the latter.
Your comments and input are most welcome.
Thanks for reading!