Interview – Legal Expert – Jill Makepeace – Part 4 of 4

The Charter Project team filmed and edited interviews with legal experts and others who can offer unique historical perspectives on The Charter, its inception, and how it affects the everyday lives of Canadians. This is the fourth and final excerpt from our interview with Jill D. Makepeace. She is a Windsor Law alumnus, who practices criminal law in Toronto at the Greenspan Humphrey Lavine Barristers. She also shares her criminal law knowledge and passion by teaching students at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.



Jill Makepeace received her Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa in 2000 and her LL.B. from the University of Windsor in 2003. In her third year of law school, Jill was selected to spend a semester in Yellowknife as a law clerk to the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories.

Following the completion of her law degree, Jill returned to Yellowknife where she clerked for Mr. Justice Arthur Lutz, Supernumerary Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and Deputy Judge to the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. The clerkship was devoted to the lengthy civil trial arising out of the fatal blast at the Giant Mine in Yellowknife that killed nine replacement workers during a labour dispute in 1992.

In 2008, Jill attained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Alberta following the defence of her thesis focused on judicial discretion in sentencing. In the 2009-2010 academic year, Jill joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor as a special lecturer in Criminal Law. That same year, she was awarded the Students’ Law Society Special Lecturer Award for exemplary teaching and exceptional dedication to Windsor Law. Jill currently teaches Advanced Criminal Law offered in the winter term.

Jill’s practice is focused on criminal trials and appeals. In addition, she has been involved in extradition matters and regulatory proceedings, including matters of professional discipline. She has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, as well as various administrative tribunals. She is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Ontario Bar Association, and the Advocates’ Society.


Other legal expert interviewees include:

  • The Honourable Justice Ian Binnie (former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada)
  • The Honourable Justice Frank Iacobucci (former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada)
  • The Honourable Roy McMurtry (Former Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and key participant in the drafting of The Charter)
  • R. Douglas Elliott (counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada on the Reference Re Same Sex Marriage decision)
  • Senator Jerry Grafstein (advisor to Prime Minister Trudeau when The Charter was drafted)
  • John Whyte   (Constitutional advisor in the Government of Saskatchewan during the years leading up to the patriation of the Constitution)
  • Jean Teillet (Aboriginal rights litigator)
  • André Marin (Ombudsman of Ontario)
  • Patrick Ducharme (Criminal Lawyer, Ducharme Fox LLP)
  • Windsor Law Professors: W.A. Bogart, Emir Crowne, Bruce Elman, Laverne Jacobs, Jasminka Kalajdzic, Richard Moon and David Tanovich



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