Politicization of the Canadian judicial system

On this week’s episode of Pro Bono Radio the team sits down with Adam Goldenberg to discuss politicization of the Canadian judicial system. In contrast to the U.S., Canada’s courts and judicial appointment process are seemingly much less political and partisan – the names of Supreme Court of Canada nominees usually do not come up in casual conversation with the same ease as our American counterparts. Is it really because Canadians are just “nicer?” Or does it have to do with the fact that as a society, we are just less partisan and politically charged?

Our esteemed guest, Adam Goldenberg, is an Associate in the Litigation and National Appellate Litigation Groups at McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto. Adam has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in Ontarion, and in 16 appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada. Adam graduated from Yale Law School in 2014 and clerked for Justice James MacPherson, Janet Simmons, and Eleanore Cronk on the Ontario Court of Appeals and for Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin on the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a speechwriter for Michael Ignatieff, as Acting Director of Communications, and as a Senior Advisor to the Minister for the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science.


Andrew Liang, Emily Milana & Rebekah OHare – Producers, Hosts and Editors

Pro Bono Radio is part of the Queen’s chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada. The Pro Bono Radio team are not lawyers, and this is not legal advice.

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