David Lepofksy

David Lepofksy

Visit Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, Chair, Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance

David Lepofsky is a visiting professor of Disability Rights and Legal Education (part-time) at the Osgoode Hall Law School and a past adjunct member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He holds volunteer leadership roles in the disability community. He is chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance. He is a member and past chair of the Toronto District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee.

From 1982 to the end of 2015, he practised law in Toronto with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, in the areas of constitutional, civil, administrative and most recently, criminal law. For 30 years, he has served as a part time member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he has taught an advanced constitutional law seminar each year on freedom of expression and press.

Since the late 1970s, he has been active in a volunteer capacity, advocating for new laws to protect the rights of persons with disabilities in Canada. In addition to advocating at the provincial level, he has led the AODA Alliance’s advocacy efforts to secure the enactment of a strong accessibility legislation at the federal level, appearing before Standing Committees of the House of Commons in October 2018 and the Senate in April 2019. His advocacy efforts combined with those of many others to lead to the enactment of the Accessible Canada Act in 2019.