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New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

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New Judges Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario has appointed two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective Oct. 2, 2013. 

Justice Donald McLeod was called to the bar in 1998 and began practising criminal law at Hinkson, Sachak in Toronto. He was a sole practitioner with DFM Legal and most recently, was senior managing partner of The McLeod Group, Barristers and Solicitors, focusing on criminal law trials and appeals, as well as administrative law.

Justice McLeod has been involved in many programs to support youth. He founded and chairs 100 Strong, an initiative to fund a summer school program for 12- and 13-year-old African Canadian boys, and co-chairs Stand Up, a mentorship program for boys in grades 7-8, many of whom are from at-risk neighbourhoods.

Justice McLeod regularly speaks at colleges and high schools, and business and professional associations. He also hosts Black Robes, a professional development initiative to mentor new lawyers and law students of African-Canadian descent. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice McLeod to preside in Brampton.

Justice James Stribopoulos was called to the bar in 1996 and was an associate with Fleming, Breen Barristers and a partner at Kapoor & Stribopoulos Barristers in Toronto, specializing in criminal law.

Justice Stribopoulos was a teaching fellow at Columbia University school of law, where he obtained his master of laws and his doctorate in law. He has taught criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence at the University of Alberta faculty of law. In 2006, Justice Stribopoulos joined the full-time faculty at Osgoode Hall law school, and became associate dean in July 2012, where he oversaw all aspects of the law school's juris doctorate program. 

Justice Stribopoulos has been a volunteer for the Teen Osgoode Program for Secondary Schools, which introduces students to law and legal studies, and was a board member for the Community Legal Aid Services Program in which law school students provide referrals, summary advice and representation to low-income people. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo has assigned Justice Stribopoulos to preside in Brampton. 

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