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John W. Conroy, Q.C.

Mr. Conroy is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Law School, class of 1971 and was called to the Bar of British Columbia on May 15, 1972, 44 years ago. He was articled to the late Judge D.B. McKinnon then at the law firm of Harper Gilmour and Grey (later Harper, Grey) in Vancouver and acted as junior counsel to the late Harvey J. Grey Q.C. for a year. He then moved to the Fraser Valley and after an association with Siemens & Company became legal counsel at the first Community Law Office in British Columbia, namely the Abbotsford Community Law Office out of which BC Prisoners’ Legal Services was formed as an independent entity of the Legal Services Society of British Columbia. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in January, 1996. In 2014 he was awarded the BC Civil Liberties Association Liberty Award for 2014 for Excellence in Legal Advocacy and in 2016 was awarded the Ed McIssac Human Rights in Corrections award.

Mr.Conroy’s practice is primarily in the criminal law area and related constitutional and administrative law matters including matters arising out of the administration of sentences of imprisonment in both Federal and Provincial prisons and conditional release or parole and other similar issues. In essence his interests are in protecting individuals from the abuse of power by governments at all levels and to ensure that those exercising statutory power do so fairly and within their jurisdiction. Mr. Conroy has also been involved as counsel in various Constitutional challenges under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in relation to drug prohibition and in relation to the Vancouver Supervised Injection Site and the prohibition against cannabis (marihuana) and serves on the Board of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.

West Coast Prison Justice Society

The Purpose of the Society:

  • -To promote the provision of legal services to people who are incarcerated in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley of British Columbia, and who are financially unable to obtain legal services privately.
  • - To encourage the provision of legal services to prisoners whose problems arise because of their unique status as prisoners.
  • - To promote the rule of law within prisons and penitentiaries.
  • - To encourage prisoners to make use of the legal remedies at their disposal.
  • - To promote the fair and equal treatment of prisoners, by assisting prisoners who face discrimination based on such matters as sex, aboriginal origin , race, colour, religion, national ethinic origin, age or mental or physical disability.
  • - To encourage the application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms inside prisons and penitentiaries.
  • - To promote openness and accountability in the prisons and penitentiaries of British Columbia.
  • - To promote the principles that incarcerated people must be treated with fairness and dignity.
  • - To promote the abolitian of prisons through the reform of the criminal justice system.

Law Foundation of British Columbia

Mission Statement:

To use our income for the benefit of the public of the province of British Columbia by supporting programs which advance and promote the rule of law and a just society. The Law Foundation recognizes the diversity of the population of British Columbia and endeavors to be responsive to the diverse public of British Columbia in its workforce, Board and grant making.

Law Foundation of Ontario

The purpose of the Law Foundation of Ontario is to advance legal knowedge and to facilitate public access to legal services benefiting the people of Ontario.