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For the Defence: The Criminal Lawyers' Association Newsletter
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For the Defence is a critical current awareness publication for the busy criminal lawyer.

Editors: Gerald Chan and Jill D. Makepeace

For the Defence: The Criminal Lawyers' Association Newsletter, published regularly since 1974, is a strong voice for criminal lawyers and anyone concerned with the quality of criminal justice. Articles feature the various perspectives of criminal law experts in plain language on the most talked about topics of the day.

For the Defence is a critical current awareness publication for the busy criminal lawyer. The Criminal Lawyers' Association (CLA) newsletter is published 5 times per year.

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About the Author

Gerald Chan is Counsel at Stockwoods LLP, where he practises criminal constitutional and regulatory litigation and represents clients on trial and appeal. He is a member of the Ontario Inmate Appeal Duty Counsel Program, and he has argued in numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. Gerald graduated from Ogsoode Hall Law School as Gold Medallist, clerked for Justice Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada, and was previously a partner at Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan with Clayton Ruby.

He is also an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he co-teaches Fundamental Justice and the Charter; and at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, where he acts as a field supervisor for the Appellate Criminal Litigation Externship. He is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Litigation Committee, and co-chair of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Advocacy and Policy Committee. He is also co-editor of For the Defence, an associate editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter, and co-authored Sentencing, 8th ed.

For almost a decade, Jill Makepeace has been an associate at Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein.  She has an advocacy practice focused on criminal trials and appeals.  A significant concentration of her trial practice is defending professionals alleged to have engaged in criminal and regulatory impropriety in the course of their vocation.

Jill obtained an LL.B. from the University of Windsor in 2003, and an LL.M. from the University of Alberta in 2008.  From September of 2003 to August of 2004, Jill served as a Law Clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice Arthur Lutz in Yellowknife.  That year was devoted to a lengthy civil trial arising out of the fatal blast at the Giant Mine in Yellowknife that killed 9 replacement workers during a labour dispute in 1992.

Since the 2009-2010 academic year, Jill has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.  She currently teaches first year Criminal Law and Advanced Criminal Law, which is a seminar course geared to students who are intent and keen on practicing in the field.  In 2010, Ms. Makepeace was awarded the Students’ Law Society Special Lecturer Award for exemplary teaching and exceptional dedication to Windsor Law.

Jill is a member of the Criminal Lawyers' Association, Ontario Bar Association, and the Advocates' Society. She serves as co-editor of the publication of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, For the Defence.