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Lana Kerzner

Contract Lecturer
Education BA, LLB

I am a lawyer in Toronto, Canada. I have devoted my legal career to disability law and policy work. I work, often in collaboration with disability organizations, to advance the rights of people with disabilities through law reform and education. In addition to teaching Disability and the Law at Ryerson University, I teach at the Law Society of Upper Canada in the Professional Conduct and Practice in Ontario course.  I work in private practice and previously worked in Ontario’s Legal Aid Clinic System, both at ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. I obtained my LLB from the University of Toronto in 1992 and was called to the Ontario bar in 1994.  I am also a graduate of the Maytree Public Policy Training Institute.

My work has covered diverse areas of disability law, including legal capacity, abuse of people with disabilities, accessibility of telecommunications, including litigating at the CRTC, home care, supportive housing, services for people with intellectual disabilities and assistive devices. My current work focus is on legal capacity, decision-making and the domestic and international law implications of United Nations treaties, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I speak at conferences and do consulting work both in Canada and internationally.