Endorsed By

Family Lawyers Association

Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

Criminal Lawyers Association

Hamilton Law Association

Isfahan Merali, Bencher

“John brings a thoughtful and strong voice to Convocation. His ideas are bold, creative and deeply embedded in principles of fairness and ethical values. I am honoured to serve with him in Convocation, and urge you to vote for him in this election. His voice and principled approach is needed in the years to come.”

The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, former Chief Justice

“I have known and respected John for years and I have often sought his advice. The profession is well served by John’s strong and resolute voice at both at Queens Park and Parliament Hill.“

Derry Millar, former Treasurer

“I believe Convocation really needs benchers with passion and John has it.”

Tom Conway, former Treasurer

“John is an independent thinker who expresses his views persuasively and effectively challenges the conventional wisdom on many of the issues of the day. He is keenly aware of the challenges faced by lawyers, particularly by sole and small firm lawyers, lawyers practicing outside the GTA and lawyers from equity-seeking groups. I enthusiastically endorse his candidacy for re-election.”

Anthony Moustacalis, former President of the CLA

“For the last two terms, John has been active in the Benchers’ government relations committee especially with respect to Legal Aid improvement. As a former president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario and as a Director of the Advocates Society, I wholeheartedly endorse the re-election for Bencher of John Callaghan. I have worked with him on the ASLA board (Alliance for Sustainable Legal Aid) where his insight has been valuable to the group. I have sought his advice in tackling the thorny issues surrounding how to campaign for proper legal aid funding. He understands the issues, and has been a valuable ally to the criminal defence bar.”

Laurie H. Pawlitza, former Treasurer

“As Treasurer, I lobbied to expand Unified Family Court. I was pleased that with John’s lobbying efforts, UFC expansion became a reality. His leadership makes a difference.”

Susan McGrath, Bencher

“I’m from a small firm in the north. John can be counted upon to listen to the concerns of lawyers both in the north and those practicing in soles/smalls. It is important that voices like John are there for us.”

Sandra Barton, Partner Gowlings LLP

“Since joining Gowling, I have had the advantage of John’s mentorship and support both in my practice, and in professional leadership roles. While any lawyer would be grateful for such support, as a racialized lawyer, John’s support has been particularly meaningful.”

Avvy Yao-Yao Go, Bencher

“Over the years, many of us have worked hard for access to justice and legal aid. John has provided leadership at the LSO in this crucial area. It’s important John’s voice continues to be heard at Convocation.”

Charlie Callaghan, OHL Mississauga Steelheads

“Great dad… not such a great hockey coach.”