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Prof. Alan Young as Chief Legal Counsel

Jun 15, 2013

Prof. Alan N. Young

BA (York), LLB (Osgoode), LLM (Harvard), of the Bar of Ontario

Alan Young is Co-Founder and Director of Osgoode’s Innocence Project, a clinical program that guides JD students through the process of investigating suspected cases of wrongful conviction and imprisonment. He also maintains a small practice specializing in criminal law and procedure that is primarily devoted to challenging state authority to criminalize consensual activity.

He has brought constitutional challenges to our gambling, obscenity, bawdy-house and drug laws, and for nearly two decades has provided free legal services to those whose alternative lifestyles has brought them into conflict with the law. He has represented countless numbers of people suffering from AIDS, cancer, and multiple sclerosis who were charged after using marijuana for medicinal purposes. As a result of these cases, the Federal Government was compelled to create a regulatory program authorizing the use of medical marijuana. In addition to his work in the area of consensual crime, Professor Young has also provided free legal services to victims of violent crimes and to individuals attempting to file suit against the government for malicious prosecution.

Canadian Lawyer magazine has recognized the contributions Professor Young has made to the law and named him one of the “Top 25 Most Influential” in the justice system and legal profession in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

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