Erin Dann

Erin Dann earned a bachelor of journalism from Carleton University in 2002 and received her LL.B. from Queen’s University in 2007. She graduated first in her class from both Carleton and Queen’s. Erin clerked for the Honourable Justice Morris Fish at the Supreme Court of Canada where she had the opportunity to work on a number of important criminal law cases. She was called to the bar in 2008 and completed a Canadian Bar Association/Canadian International Development Agency internship in Lao PDR assisting in the implementation of the UN’s Enhancing Access to Justice Project. On her return to Canada, Erin worked at the Crown Law Office Criminal before joining Joe and the criminal defence bar in 2010. She practices at both the trial and appellate levels. Erin is the regional session co-ordinator for the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, a member of the Queen’s Law Moot Advisory Council and co-chair of the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s New Collection Committee. She is also a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars and has lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Notable Cases

  • R. v. Wirkkunen, 2015 ONCA 140
  • R. v. Campione, 2015 ONCA 67
  • Re Furlan, 2014 ONCA 740, 123 O.R. (3d) 287
  • R. v. Capano, 2014 ONCA 599, 314 C.C.C. (3d) 135
  • Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. Harkat, 2014 SCC 37
  • R. v. Parris (2013), 300 C.C.C. (3d) 41 (Ont.C.A.)
  • R. v. Martin, 2013 ONCA 210
  • Conway v. Darby, 2013 ONCA 538
  • Nadarajah v. United States of America, 2012 SCC 70
  • R. v. D.A.I., 2012 SCC 5, [2012] 1 S.C.R. 149
  • R. v. Kobzar, 284 C.C.C. (3d) 330 (Ont. C.A.)
  • United States of America v. Gionet, 2012 ONCA 622, [2012] 4 C.N.L.R. 305
  • R. v. Pittman (2011), 270 C.C.C. (3d) 387 (Ont. C.A.)
  • R. v. Reid (2011), 26 M.V.R. (6th) 1 (Ont. C.A.)
  • R. v. Cascagnette, [2011] O.J. No. 1354 (S.C.)
  • R. v. Janjic, 2010 ONSC 5013

Publications and Presentations

  • Criminal Lawyers’ Assocation, Mental Health Issues and the Criminal Law, “Mental Illness and Criminal Trials: NCR and Sentencing,” Panelist, March 7, 2015
  • 8th Annual  Intensive Course on Drafting and Reviewing Search Warrants, Osgoode Professional Development, “Informers and Tipsters: The Use of Anonymous Sources,” Panelist, March 5, 2015
  • “’Holding the Not Criminally Responsible, Responsible’”: Federal Government Introduces Bill C-14: the NCR Reform Act”, with Anita Szigeti, For the Defence, Criminal Lawyers’ Association Newsletter, Vol. 35, No.2, May 2014
  • “Fitness and Criminal Responsibility,” For the Defence, Criminal Lawyers’ Association Newsletter, Vol. 34, No. 5, December 2013
  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Annual Fall Conference, Speaker, “Practical and Ethical Considerations of Raising an NCR Defence,” November 2013
  • “Mental Illness and Criminal Trials: A Primer on Assessment Orders, Treatment Orders, Fitness Hearings and NCR Hearings”, with Bob Richardson and Riun Shandler, Mental Health Issues and Criminal Law, Law Society of Upper Canada, Program Materials, September 2013
  • Justice of the Peace Initial Education Seminar: Good Judgment, Speaker, “Ethical Obligations of Lawyers and Paralegals,” September 2013
  • United States of America v. Leonard: Why Gladue Principles Matter in Extradition,” For the Defence, Criminal Lawyers’ Association Newsletter, Vol. 34, No. 3, August 2013
  • Written and Oral Submissions on behalf of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding Bill C-54, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code in respect of the Mental Disorder Provisions, June 2013
  • Six-Minute Criminal Defence Lawyer, Speaker, “The ethics of raising the issues of fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility,” May 2013
  • Ontario Bar Association, Nuts and Bolts: Litigating Charter Applications and Appeals, Panelist, Crafting and Responding to Charter Applications, November 2012
  • “iSearch – There’s an App for That: Searches of Cell Phones, Smartphones and Other Electronic Devices,” with Joseph Di Luca, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Practical Challenges of Criminal Law, Program Materials, September 2012
  • “Best Practices Where There is Family Violence (Criminal Law Perspective), with Joseph Di Luca and Breese Davies, Report to the Department of Justice, FPT Ad Hoc Group on Family Violence, 2012
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Criminal Law, Practice Essentials, Panelist, Sentencing Issues, June 2012
  • Bedford v. Canada (A.G.): The Dangers of Prostitution Laws,” Toronto Law Journal, June 2012
  • “Privacy Rights after R. v. Gomboc,” with Joseph Di Luca, Osgoode Hall Law School, Professional CLE,  7th Bi-Annual Symposium on Search and Seizure Law in Canada, Program Materials, January 2012
  • Reference re Assisted Human Reproduction Act: The Supreme Court’s Ruling on Fertility Legislation Delivers Mostly Confusion,” Toronto Law Journal, 2011
  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Spring Conference, Domestic Violence: “All in the Family,” Speaker, Peace bonds in Domestic Violence Cases, May 2011
  • “Emerging Patterns: The Exclusion of Evidence Post Grant,” Ontario Bar Association Criminal Justice Institute, “7, 8, 9 Stop, Search and Silence,” Program Materials, February 2011