This month marked an important moment for all of us when Justice Michael Tulloch was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. As the first Black person to be named to the Court, Justice Tulloch has made Canadian history.
Justice Tulloch immigrated to Canada from Jamaica at age 9. Since his graduation from Osgoode in 1989, Justice Tulloch has had a remarkable legal career. Beginning as an Assistant Crown Attorney in 1991, Justice Tulloch moved to private practice in 1995 and was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Region of Central West Ontario) in 2003.
In addition to these accomplishments, Justice Tulloch has maintained a high level of community service. He is a past President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, past Chair of the Advisory Board to the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) and he has participated in a number of commissions including the Ontario Government Review on Civilian Oversight on Policing, the Review of the Ontario Legal Aid Plan, and the Criminal Code Review conducted by the Federal Attorney General and the Minister of Justice. Notably, in 2006 Mr. Justice Tulloch was asked by the Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School to chair a Review Panel of the school’s admissions policy. The majority of the panel’s recommendations were accepted and implemented by Osgoode.
BLSA would like to extend our congratulations to Justice Tulloch on his appointment!