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, 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.

Admitted to the bar of Ontario in 2010 and New York in 2015, Ben’s record of research, advocacy and activism on issues arising from inadequate housing includes a graduate thesis on Ontario’s low-income housing policy, contributions to several law reform campaigns of municipal and provincial scope, and intervention in Charter litigation at the Ontario Court of Appeal. He has lectured, trained, and presented on topics arising from low-income housing law for several local universities and colleges, community groups, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Law Society of Ontario. Ben is a member of the Greater Toronto Clinic Housing Advocates (GTCHA) and is a Toronto-area representative on the province-wide Legal Clinics Housing Issues Committee (LCHIC). Ben belongs to the Health Justice Faculty affiliated with St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team. Ben also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education, in which he is currently Chair of the National Policy Committee.

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Statement of Principles – Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Reconciliation