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Table of Early and Exceptional Ontario Lawyers of Diverse Communities by Name

In the table below, the names of early and exceptional lawyers of diverse communities are arranged in alphabetical order by name. The entry for each lawyer includes name; year of birth if known (and in the case of living lawyers, if permitted); year of death for deceased lawyers; and the name of the diverse community or heritage to which he or she belongs (more than one community or heritage is possible).

 
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Name Birth - Death M/F Year Called to Bar * Heritage or
Community
Abella, Rosalie S. 1946 - F 1972 Jewish
Agro, Angelo J. 1911 - 1999 M 1937 Italian
Agro, John L. 1919 - 1998 M 1949 Italian
Alexander, Lincoln 1922 - 2012 M 1953 Black
Alexandris, Georgina 1967 -  F 1993 Greek
Alford, Gertrude 1891 - 1975 F 1916 Women
Ali, Syed M. 1926 - 2009 M 1962 Muslim;
South Asian
Allan, A. Steven 1925 - 2009 M 1958 Greek
Amerasinghe, Christopher 1940 -  M 1976 South Asian
An, J. Jacqueline 1962 -  F 1998 Korean
Anand, Gita   F 1988 South Asian
Anand, Raj 1955 -  M 1980 South Asian
Andal, Ramon 1955 -  M 1989 Filipino
Assaf, Dany H. 1969 -  M 1996 Arab
Baby, Charles 1806 - 1871 M 1828 Francophone;
Roman Catholic
Baker, Annie E. 1908 - 2005 F 1929 Jewish
Barry, John ca. 1825 - 1887 M 1870 Irish Catholic
Bassel, John P. 1921 - 2000 M 1947 Greek
Baxter, Evelyn 1967 -  F 1993 Aboriginal
Beaulieu, Lucien 1933 -  M 1968 Francophone
Beaulne, Jean- Pierre 1925 - 2009 M 1955 Francophone
Belcourt, Napoleon A. 1860 - 1932 M 1884 Francophone
Bhabha, Feroza 1958 -  F 1987 Muslim;
South Asian
Binavince, Emilio 1935 -  M 1971 Filipino
Bitzer, Conrad 1853 - 1903 M 1881 German
Boland, Janet L. 1923 -  F 1950 Women
Bonkalo, Annemarie E.   F 1978 Women;
Hungarian
Borins, Norman 1906 - 1991 M 1930 Jewish;
Russian
Boutet, Nathalie 1965 -  F 1991 Francophone
from Quebec
Braithwaite, Leonard A. 1923 - 2012 M 1958 Black
Cairns, Jean 1886 - 1982 F 1913 Women
Campbell, C. George 1915 - 2003 M 1949 Greek
Campeau, Lovedy J. 1894 - 1980 F 1919 Women
Carasco, Emily 1948 -  F 1984 South Asian
Caron, Jean Baptiste T. 1869 - 1944 M 1898 Francophone
Carruthers, Charles W. 1886 - 1976 M 1914 Persons with
Disabilities
Carter, George E. 1921 - 2018 M 1949 Black
Case, Patrick 1950 -  M 1988 Black
Catzman, Frederick M. 1907 - 2003 M 1929 Jewish
Chandhoke, Inderpaul S. 1952 -  M 1996 Sikh;
South Asian
Charron, Louise V. 1951 -  F 1977 Francophone
Cherrier, Theresa 1890 - 1961 F 1918 Women
Chevrier, Edgar R. 1887 - 1956 M 1912 Francophone
Cho, Meerai 1951 -  F 2002 Korean
Chumak, Olga 1917 - 2003 F 1944 Ukrainian
Cohen, Arthur ca. 1882 - 1975 M 1906 Jewish
Cohen, Jacob L. ca. 1902 - 1950 M 1918 Jewish
Cohn, Tmima M. 1907 - 1989 F 1932 Jewish
Coomaraswamy, Ari 1932 - 1988 M 1974 Tamil
Coros, George W. 1930 -  M 1956 Greek
Cosentino, Joseph A. 1908 - 1981 M 1935 Italian
Couto, Ayres V. 1930 -  M 1966 South Asian
Croll, David A. 1900 - 1991 M 1924 Jewish;
Russian
Cross, E. Lionel 1890 - ? M 1924 Black
Czutrin, George 1950 -  M 1978 Hungarian
Davis, Delos R. 1846 - 1915 M 1886 Black
Davis, Frederick H. 1871 - 1926 M 1900 Black
Davis, Lionel 1884 - 1943 M 1909 Jewish
De Sommer, Joseph A. 1928 -  M 1965 Hungarian
Denberg, Dan S. 1895 - 1982 M 1923 Jewish
Denton, Laura 1891 - ? F 1920 Women
Desmarais, Jean-Noel 1897 - 1983 M 1922 Francophone
Detlor, Aaron 1967 -  M 1998 Kanienkehaka / Haudenosaunee
Dignan, Ralph H. 1863 - 1935 M 1898 Roman Catholic
Dubin, Anne R. 1926 - 2007 F 1951 Jewish
Dubin, Charles L. 1921 - 2008 M 1944 Jewish
Ducharme, Todd 1959 -  M 1988 Aboriginal;
Métis
Ebers, Cornell George 1917 - 1994 M 1956 Hungarian
Eng, Susan   F 1977 Chinese
Espinet, Thora 1942 -  F 1984 Black
Factor, Samuel 1891 - 1962 M 1915 Jewish
Favret, Lucia 1957 -  F 1986 Italian
Felkai, Frank 1942 -  M 1970 Hungarian
Ferguson, Edra 1907 - 2011 F 1930 Women
Ferns, Barboura Ann 1947 -  F 1974 Women
Finkelman, Jacob 1907 - 2003 M 1930 Jewish;
Russian
Finkle, Henry M. 1893 - 1962 M 1917 Jewish
Floras, Frederick 1924 - M 1951 Greek
Fouriezos, Charles T. 1930 -  M 1955 Greek
Fox, Benjamin 1897 - ? M 1922 Jewish
Foy, James J. 1847 - 1916 M 1871 Irish Catholic
Fraser, Hugh 1952 -  M 1979 Black
Friedland, Martin L. 1932 -  M 1960 Jewish
Geller, John A. 1930 - 2015 M 1955 Jewish
Gerretsen, John 1942 -  M 1969 Dutch
Glass, John Judah 1895 - 1973 M 1920 Jewish
Go, Avvy Y. 1963 -  F 1991 Chinese
Goldfield, Benjamin 1891 - 1944 M 1919 Jewish
Goldstick, David ca. 1896 - 1944  M 1924 Jewish
Goldstick, I. Sarah 1904 - 1986 F 1943 Jewish; 
Russian
Goodman, David B. ca. 1894 - 1969 M 1917 Jewish
Goodman, Edwin A. 1918 - 2006 M 1947 Jewish
Gotfrid, Samuel 1907 - 2007 M 1932 Jewish;
Polish
Gottlieb, Gary L. 1943 -  M 1970 Orthodox Jewish
Grant, Gretta J. 1921 -  F 1946 Chinese
Grossman, Helen ca. 1905 - 1988 F 1929 Jewish;
Russian
Grudeff, John 1894 - 1985 M 1926 Bulgarian
Gupta, Neena 1963 -  F 1989 South Asian
Hagerman, Nicholas 1761 - 1819 M 1797 Dutch
Hare, Susan M. 1952 - F 1995 Aboriginal
Hellmuth, Isidore F. 1854 - 1944 M 1877 Jewish
Herlick, Carl M. 1891 - 1966 M 1913 Jewish
Hewson, Grace E. 1885 - 1973 F 1908 Women
Himel, Irving 1915 - 2001 M 1938 Jewish
Hodgins, Apha I. 1892 - 1983 F 1919 Women
Humeniuk, Theodore 1891 - 1978 M 1923 Ukrainian
Hyndman, Margaret 1902 - 1991 F 1926 Women
Iacobucci, Frank 1937 -  M 1970 Italian
Ianni, Ronald W. 1935 - 1997 M 1963 Italian
Imai, Shin 1950 -  M 1980 Japanese
Isaac, Julius 1928 - 2011 M 1960 Black
Isaacs, Peter 1938 -  M 1966 Aboriginal
Janssen, Charlotte 1960 -  F 1988 Dutch
Juriansz, Russell 1946 -  M 1974 South Asian
Karakatsanis, Andromache 1955 - F 1982 Greek
Kerr, William Simcoe 1840 - 1875 M 1862 Aboriginal
Kert, Lawrence 1896 - 1976 M 1920 Jewish
Keyfetz, Murray 1900 - 1985 M 1924 Jewish
Khoorshed, Minoo F. 1938 - M 1968 South Asian
Kim, Eunice 1960 - F 1987 Korean
King, Oscar H. 1886 - 1962 M 1910 Jewish
King, Samuel 1867 - 1963 M 1891 Jewish
Kinnear, Helen A. 1894 - 1970 F 1920 Women
Kissoon, Dhaman P. 1956 -  M 1991 South Asian
Klein, Alphonse Basil 1851 - ? M 1874 German
Kokonis, James D. 1932 - M 1959 Greek
Kovacs, Francis 1930 - 1999 M 1955 Hungarian
Krishna, Vern 1943 - M 1983 South Asian
Laird, Marjorie A. 1923 - 1997 F 1948 Women
Lal, Stindar K. 1942 - M 1991 South Asian
LaMarsh, Judy 1924 - 1980 F 1950 Women
Lampkin, Vibert A. 1933 - M 1969 Black
Lapierre, Horace ca. 1846 - 1882 M 1869 Francophone
Laskin, Bora 1912 - 1984 M 1936 Jewish;
Russian
Laughton, Mary E. ca. 1890 - ? F 1915 Women
Le Dain, Gerald Eric 1924 - 2007 M 1968 Francophone
Lee, Muriel ca. 1894 - ? F 1919 Women
Legge, Laura 1923 - 2010 F 1948 Women
LeVasseur, Gilles   M 1994 Francophone
Lévesque, Gérard   M 1988 Francophone
Levinter, Isadore 1898 - 1980 M 1921 Jewish;
Austrian
Levy, Gabriel H. 1874 - 1941 M 1898 Jewish;
German
Li, Jinyan 1963 - F 1994 Chinese
Lickers, Norman 1913 - 1987 M 1938 Aboriginal
Lieff, Abraham H. 1903 - 2007 M 1926 Jewish;
Polish
Lofchik, Thomas R. 1943 - M 1972 Hungarian
Loukidelis, Ernest 1934 - M 1959 Greek
Loukidelis, Spyros D. 1930 - 2001 M 1957 Greek
Low, Wailan 1950 - F 1980 Chinese
Lown, Norma ca. 1889 - ? F 1919 Women
Ludwig, Michael H. 1867 - 1937 M 1889 German
Luxenberg, Benjamin 1897 - 1993 M 1920 Jewish
Lynch, Emily F. 1900 - 1962 F 1925 Roman Catholic
Lynk, Michael 1952 - M 1984 Arab
Ma, Lillian 1946 - F 1994 Chinese
Macdonell, Angus ? - 1804 M 1797 Roman Catholic
MacLellan, Archibald L. 1832 - 1902 M 1860 Persons with
Disabilities
MacLellan, Duncan 1836 - 1920 M 1865 Persons with
Disabilities
Maki, Kauko E. 1914 - 1989 M 1940 Finnish
Manjuris, George 1928 - 2000 M 1956 Greek
Marrocco, Frank N. 1945 - M 1972 Italian
Martin, Clara Brett 1874 - 1923 F 1897 Women
McCormack, Charles S. 1929 - 1992 M 1959 Persons with
Disabilities
McNulty, Mary ca. 1895 - 1972 F 1918 Women;
Roman Catholic
Mehr, Samuel M. 1885 - 1968 M 1912 Jewish;
Russian
Mercier, Raoul 1897 - 1961 M 1922 Francophone
Métivier, Monique 1942 - F 1979 Francophone
Meyer, Willem J. 1931 - 2010 M 1958 Dutch
Mohideen, Fatima 1948 - F 1978 Chinese
Morten, Marvin 1944 - M 1974 Black
Mundi, Kamaljit K. 1970 - F 1993 South Asian
Murphy, Nicholas ca. 1842 - 1907 M 1865 Irish Catholic
Muskat, Clara Halperin 1912 - 2016 F 1935 Jewish
Nahwegahbow, David 1956 - M 1982 Aboriginal; Anishnabe/Ojibway
Nakatsuru, Shaun 1960 - M 1988 Japanese
Naqvi, Yasir 1973 - M 2001 Muslim
Natividad, Alicia 1950 - F 1983 Filipino
Norton, Keith 1941 - 2010 M 1971 LGBTQ2+
O’Connor, John, Jr. 1824 - 1887 M 1854 Persons with
Disabilities; Irish
Catholic
O’Connor, Michael 1862 - 1945 M 1892 Persons with
Disabilities
O’Donnell, Tracey 1966 - F 1995 Aboriginal;
Anishinabek
O’Donohoe, John 1824 - 1902 M 1869 Irish Catholic
O’Reilly, James 1823 - 1875 M 1847 Irish Catholic
O’Rourke, Jean E. 1908 - 1974 F 1931 Roman Catholic
Oiye, Kazuo G. 1926 - M 1954 Japanese
Okuloski, Helen F. 1912 - 1993 F 1935 Polish
Okuloski, John E. 1922 - 1965 M 1948 Polish
Olivier, Louis A. 1850 - 1888 M 1879 Francophone
Omatsu, Maryka 1948 -  F 1977 Japanese
Opekokew, Delia   F 1979 Aboriginal
Palen, Helen B. 1885 - 1971 F 1918 Women
Palmay, Frank 1949 - M 1978 Hungarian
Panarites, Stella A. 1924 - 1986 F 1953 Greek
Parsons, Vera L. 1889 - 1973 F 1924 Women; Persons
with Disabilities
Paterson, Edith L. 1891 - 1980 F 1915 Women
Paul, Nicholas P. 1935 - M 1960  Greek
Pawagi, Manjusha B. 1967 - F 1997 South Asian
Pearlstein, Jacob D. 1894 - 1983 M 1919 Jewish
Perry, Lloyd W. 1919 - 1997 M 1950 Black
Persaud, Mark M. 1961 - M 1993 Indo-Guyanese
Petrone, Alfred 1925 - 2009 M 1953 Italian
Phillips, Nathan 1892 - 1976 M 1913 Jewish
Pierce, Helen M. 1953 - F 1982 Métis
Pitt, Bertrand Joseph 1892 - 1961 M 1928 Black
Pitt, Romain W. 1935 - 2020 M 1965 Black
Plouffe, Joseph A. 1893 - 1964 M 1919 Francophone
Poolman, Willem G. 1923 -2009 M 1958 Dutch
Poon, Sidney S. 1936 - M 1970 Chinese
Powley, Eva M. 1875 - ? F 1902 Women
Preobrazenski, Christophe 1951 - M 1981 Polish
Rawlins, Micheline 1951 -  F 1982 Black
Ray-Ellis, Soma 1964 - F 1992 South Asian
Ray, Sheila 1956 - F 1981 South Asian
Roach, Charles 1933 - 2012 M 1963 Black African
Robins, Sydney L. 1923 - 2014 M 1947 Jewish
Robinson, Vera A. ca. 1897 - 1979 F 1920 Women
Roebuck, Joseph 1898 - 1968 M 1921 Jewish
Roebuck, Manning H. 1901 - 1997 M 1924 Jewish
Rohleder, Frederick 1863 - ? M 1889 German
Rosemay, Vibert T. 1935 -  M 1971 African Canadian
Rotenberg, Meyer 1894 - 1958 M 1918 Jewish;
Polish
Ryan, John A. ca. 1894 - 1931 M 1919 Persons with
Disabilities
Salhany, Roger 1937 -  M 1964 Arab
Sareen, Iva 1950 - F 1979 South Asian
Schott, Maxwell 1895 - 1982 M 1921 Jewish
Scott, Ian 1934 - 2006 M 1959 LGBTQ2+
Shamess, Alfred E. 1932 - M 1960 Lebanese;
Antiochian
Orthodox
Christian
Shannon, David W. 1963 - M 1996 Persons with
Disabilities
Sherizen, Lily I. 1906 - 1991 F 1930 Jewish;
Lithuanian
Shin Doi, Julia S. 1967 - F 1994 Korean
Shulman, Percy ca. 1893 - 1968 M 1916 Jewish
Silk, Aileen I. ca. 1896 - 1943 F 1919 Women
Singer, Abraham 1887 - 1966 M 1912 Jewish
Singer, Ephraim F. 1889 - 1953 M 1912 Jewish
Singer, Joseph 1890 - 1967 M 1911 Jewish;
Polish
Singer, Louis M. 1885 - 1959 M 1908 Jewish;
Polish
Sopinka, John 1933 - 1997 M 1960 Ukrainian
Speal, George N. 1932 - 2008 M 1958 Greek
St. Aubin, Alibert 1902 - 1993 M 1933 Francophone
Staats, Howard E. 1940 - M 1966 Aboriginal
Stayshyn, Walter 1934 - M 1963 Roman Catholic;
Ukrainian
Steinberg, Jenny Chu   F 1986 Korean
Stewart, William ? - ? M 1891 Persons with
Disabilities
Stortini, Ray 1929 - M 1960 Italian
Sugiyama, Constance   F 1979 Japanese
Sutherland, Robert 1830 - 1878 M 1855 Black
Taillon, George 1847 - 1885 M 1869 Francophone
Takach, Gabor 1944 - M 1973 Hungarian
Taylor, Gladys V. ca. 1897 - ? F 1920 Women
Thomas, Bruce A. 1933 - M 1960 Lebanese
Tokiwa, Paul Y. 1927 - 1994 M 1962 Japanese
Topping, Victor 1896 - 1937 M 1934 Persons with
Disabilities
Toth, Bernard 1930 - 2010 M 1956 Hungarian
Tsampalieros, Gabriel 1947 -2009 M 1975 Greek
Tuchtie, Walter 1906 - 1980 M 1932 Ukrainian
Turnbull, Brian 1944 - 2006 M 1991 Persons with
Disabilities
Ursel, Susan 1958 - F 1986 LGBTQ2+
Valin, Joseph A. 1856 - 1945 M 1884 Francophone
Van Camp, Mabel 1920 - 2012 F 1947 Women
van der Steen, Ronald H. 1959 - M 1998 Dutch
Van Melle, Francine E. 1955 - F 1982 Dutch
Vannini, I. Anthony 1915 - 1998 M 1943 Italian
Vasilaros, Leslie 1932 - M 1967 Greek
Vass, Ferenc 1914 - ca. 1990 M 1948 Hungarian
Verbeek, Leonard 1915 - 2000 M 1964 Dutch
Vorvis, William 1927 - M 1951 Greek
Wang, Kechin 1919 - 2000 M 1958 Chinese
Wappel, Tom 1950 - M 1976 Hungarian
Watkins, Christopher C. 1959 - M 1995 Persons with
Disabilities
Watson, James E. 1911 - 1998 M 1937 Black
Westmoreland- Traoré, Juanita 1942 - F 1997 African
Canadian;
Quebecer
White, Solomon 1836 - 1911 M 1865 Aboriginal
Whitehall, Ivan G. 1942 - M 1985 Hungarian
Wigle, Ruby M. 1893 - ? F 1926 Women
Willemse, Conrad A. 1947 - M 1975 Dutch
Wilson, Bertha 1923 -2007 F 1959 Women
Wissler, Henry 1860 - 1953 M 1886 German
Wong, Chi- Wah (Tony) 1948 -2009 M 1987 Chinese
Wong, Mavin 1960 - F 1986 Chinese
Wright, Geraldine B. ? - 1967 F 1907 Women
Wychowanec, Stephanie J. 1933 - F 1959 Ukrainian
Yachetti, Roger D. 1940 - 2018 M 1966 Italian
Yaremko, John 1918 -2010 M 1944 Ukrainian
Yatchew, John 1895 - 1958 M 1933 Ukrainian
Yee, Gary 1959 - M 1985 Chinese
Yip, Kew Dock 1906 - 2001 M 1945 Chinese
Zalev, Carl 1928 - M 1953 Jewish
* Date is year called to the bar in Ontario; however, if the date given is before 1889, this date may refer instead to the year admitted to the courts as a solicitor. Before 1889, lawyers could be solicitors without being barristers; from 1889, all lawyers admitted to practice were admitted as both barristers and solicitors, and all were called to the bar.
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