Clayton C. Ruby

Clayton RubyClayton C. Ruby, C.M., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. [honoris causa]
Partner, Ruby Shiller Chan Barristers

Conversation Starter: Canada's Failing Justice System

Governments have abandoned the poor to second-class justice in the legal aid plans, and we are in despair imprisoning more and more people for less and less reason. Most people cannot afford justice, and are representing themselves – poorly – at great expense to the system of justice.

About Clayton C. Ruby

Clayton C. Ruby is one of Canada's leading lawyers, an outspoken proponent of freedom of the press, and a prominent member of the environmental community. Mr. Ruby received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto and his LL.M. from the University of California [Berkeley]. Mr. Ruby, who specializes in criminal, constitutional, administrative and civil rights law, has devoted his professional career to ensuring that those who are underprivileged and those who face discrimination are given equal access to the legal system of this country.

Among his high-profile cases:

  • Represented Donald Marshall Jr., who spent 11 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of murder, at the Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall Jr. Prosecution, which brought wrongful miscarriages of justice under new and more careful scrutiny;
  • Negotiated a settlement for the three surviving Dionne quintuplets;
  • Obtained an acquittal for Guy Paul Morin, who was wrongfully accused of murdering a child;
  • Successfully fought against discrimination policies based on sexual orientation in the Canadian military.


In addition to his extensive legal practice and advocacy, Mr. Ruby is a member of the Advisory Board of PEN Canada, chair of Earthroots, honorary director of EcoJustice [formerly Sierra Legal Defence Fund] and a director of the Greenpeace Canada Charitable Foundation.

In 2006, Mr. Ruby was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In addition, for devoting his career to ensuring that those who are underprivileged and those who face discrimination are given equal access to the legal system of this country, Mr. Ruby was awarded Doctor of Laws degree [honoris causa] by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006.

2016 Summer Conference

The Canada Project

Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World

August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON

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