Benjamin Ries, Staff Lawyer

Benjamin Ries, B.A.(Hons.) (Waterloo, 2006), J.D. (Toronto, 2009), LL.M. (Toronto, 2011) supervises the Housing Law division at DLS. As a law student, he served as a DLS volunteer, division leader, summer student and executive member. Ben articled with Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, was called to the Ontario bar in 2010, served as duty counsel at the Landlord and Tenant Board, and practiced as a staff lawyer in four other community legal clinics between Hamilton and downtown Toronto. Ben returned to DLS as a supervising lawyer in 2014 and was admitted to the New York bar in 2015, because you just never know.

Ben is Vice President of the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education, an active member of the Greater Toronto Clinic Housing Advocates (GTCHA) and a Toronto-area representative on the province-wide Legal Clinic Housing Issues Committee (LCHIC). Ben also belongs to the Health Justice Faculty affiliated with St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team and is an active collaborator with the Canadian Network for Health and Housing of People Experiencing Homelessness (CNH-3).


Click below for Ben’s
Statement of Principles – Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Reconciliation