Law Society of Ontario 2019 Bencher Election

Teresa Donnelly


  • Ontario Crown Attorney’s Association (OCAA)
  • Association of Law Officers of the Crown (ALOC)
  • Senior Association of Crown Attorneys
  • Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Ontario) (FACL)


  • B.A. (Hons) – McGill University, Montreal P.Q. – 1986
  • LLB – University of Toronto – 1989
  • Called to the Bar 1991


  • West Region Sexual Violence Crown, Sexual Violence Advisory Group, Ministry of the Attorney General, 2015-present
  • Crown Attorney, Huron County, 2011-present (on secondment)
  • Assistant Crown Attorney, 1994-2011
  • Associate Lawyer, Siskind, Cromarty, Ivey and Dowler, 1993-1994
  • Research Assistant/ Lawyer, Sarnia Judicial Inquiry, 1993
  • Research Lawyer/Law Clerk, Ontario Court (General Division), Southwest Region 1991-1993


  • Advocates’ Society
  • Huron Law Association
  • Ontario Association of Senior Crown Attorneys
  • Ontario Bar Association / CBA
  • South West Region Women’s Law Association
  • Women’s Law Association of Ontario

Community Work

Contributing to the lives of children, the elderly, and people with developmental disabilities.

I am seeking re-election and ask for your support. I would be honoured to continue to work for you.

Priorities for our profession include:

  • Promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion and implementing the Challenges report;
  • Ensuring fiscal accountability;
  • Regulating in the public interest and achieving effective oversight through our governance structure;
  • Facilitating access to justice including through collaboration with stakeholders;
  • Embracing opportunities and confronting challenges of technology and globalization;
  • Supporting all lawyers, with a focus on sole and small practices to ensure access to supports and resources;
  • Implementing enhancements to Articling and Law Practice Program to reduce barriers and to ensure quality placements free from harassment and discrimination.

As a Bencher, I am engaged, committed and dedicated, as evidenced by my attendance record and involvement in committees including Chair of Audit and Finance, Chair of Human Rights Monitoring Group, Co-Chair of Compliance Based Entity Regulation, and member of the Indigenous Review Panel.

While I am a government lawyer, I work in Goderich which is a small town and I understand the challenges facing sole and small firms and rural practitioners. As a Prosecutor, I have dedicated my career to providing access to justice for victims of domestic and sexual violence – the majority of whom are women and children. As the West Region Sexual Violence Crown, I am one of seven Prosecutors in the province dedicated to enhancing the quality of sexual violence prosecutions and the victim’s experience in the criminal justice system.

I am a proud member of a legal family and a third-generation lawyer. I am honoured that my nominators are my husband, four brothers, two brothers-in-law and nephew whose experiences include a variety of:

  • Settings – small towns and big cities;
  • Practice areas - criminal, insurance, banking, mining, energy, civil litigation, real estate, wills; and
  • Practice sizes and types - two lawyer firm, large firms, in-house, non-practicing corporate.

Like the majority of lawyers, they are hardworking, dedicated, committed professionals who enhance the reputation of the profession and the administration of justice. I believe in the dignity and integrity of the profession and that each of us must uphold those standards.