Staff Barrister, Legal Aid Ontario & Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Lesli Bisgould has been a Toronto lawyer since 1992. She left a boutique litigation firm to start her own practice in animal rights law, which she carried on for ten years. She continues to pursue her interest in that field in her free time; she is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s faculty of law where she instructs a course on animals and the law, and the author of Animals and the Law, published by Irwin Law. Lesli’s full-time work now focuses on poverty, disability and human rights law. Since 2006, she has been the Barrister at Legal Aid Ontario’s Clinic Resource Office where she assists caseworkers in Ontario's legal clinics with their appeals. She has argued at every level of court, deputed before every level of government, and is a frequent commentator in the media about a variety of issues.