Staff

Staff2018-11-07T18:28:52+00:00

This post is also available in: frFrançais (French)

Current Staff

A picture of Nye Thomas

Aneurin (Nye) Thomas

Executive Director

Aneurin (Nye) Thomas is the Executive Director of the Law Commission of Ontario.

Nye has more than 20 years experience leading sophisticated, multidisciplinary projects in Ontario’s justice sector.  As ED of the Law Commission, Nye is responsible for producing independent and evidence-based analysis and recommendations on complex law reform issues.  Nye is currently leading LCO projects on Internet defamation, legal rights in the last stages of life, class actions, and law reform and technology issues.  Prior to this, Nye was Director General, Policy at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) where he was responsible for policy development, consultations, and system planning at one of the world’s largest legal aid plans.  Nye’s work at LAO included leading the most significant expansion of legal aid services in more than 20 years.  Nye has also been Policy Director on major provincial inquiries, including the Ipperwash Inquiry.  Nye studied at the University of Toronto (BA), Queen’s University (LLB), and New York University (LLM).

A picture of Laura Caruso

Laura Caruso (on leave)

Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of Governors

Laura Caruso joined the LCO on June 16, 2014. As Executive Officer, Laura is the primary contact and liaison for communications between the ED and the LCO’s stakeholders, and manages the day-to-day operations of the LCO. As Secretary to the Board of Governors, Laura works closely with the LCO’s Board and its Committees, and is responsible for its operational and administrative functions.

Since her return from studying and working in Europe, Laura has gained valuable work experience in both the private and public sector. She most recently held a position at the Senate of Canada as a Legislative Assistant to a Senator. Laura also enjoys volunteering for organizations particularly devoted to the protection and promotion of human rights.

Education

  • LLB, Honours, University of Huddersfield (UK); NCA Certificate of Qualification
  • Certificate in Dispute Resolution, York University
  • BA, Honours, York University
A picture of Amanda Rodrigues

Amanda Rodrigues

Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board of Governors

Amanda Rodrigues has been with the LCO since March 2009. Currently serving as the Executive Officer, Amanda is the primary contact and liaison for communications between the ED and the LCO’s stakeholders, and manages the day-to-day operations of the LCO. As Secretary to the Board of Governors, Amanda works closely with the LCO’s Board and its Committees, and is responsible for its operational and administrative functions.

As the Project and Web Coordinator of the LCO, Amanda provided project management, administrative and/or logistical support for almost every project in the LCO’s history. She has worked closely with the project heads organizing consultations, advisory groups, events and conferences, managed the LCO’s website, and was responsible for managing translation and design of LCO reports and other publications. She also led the development of a comprehensive stakeholder database.

Previous Work Experience

  • Project and Web Coordinator, Law Commission of Ontario (2009-2018)
  • Law School Admissions Test Centre Supervisor, Law School Admissions Council (2011-2016)
  • Junior Research Consultant (Internship), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2010-2011)
  • Office Administrator, Information Technology Services, York University (2008-2009)
  • Administrative Assistant Work-Study, Office of the Executive Officer, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2007-2008)
  • Library Page, Mississauga Library System (2003-2006)

Education

  • Bilingual BA, Political Science, Collège universitaire Glendon of York University (2011)
A picture of Maricela Villalta Morales

Maricela Villalta Morales

Project and Web Coordinator

Maricela Villalta Morales joined the LCO in October 2018. She has worked in the legal sector for 12 years.

Her background in the legal sector ranges from administrative, accounting and project management and has worked with such as organizations as Law Foundation of Ontario, FAIR Canada and most recently as Practice Manager at Battista Smith Migration Law Group.  Maricela holds a Law Clerk Diploma from Centennial College. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

As Project and Web Coordinator, Maricela works with the LCO lawyers to ensure that all administrative aspects of projects run smoothly. She is also responsible for our website.

A picture of Sue Gratton

Dr. Sue Gratton

Counsel

Dr. Sue Gratton has been counsel with the LCO since 2011. As Project Head, she has completed 2 LCO projects involving small estates and forestry workers. She is currently Project Head of Defamation Law in the Internet Age.

Sue spent the first 12 years of her career as a research lawyer in private practice before completing a S.J.D. in administrative law and social policy at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Sue has published in administrative law and constitutional law and has taught at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Previous Work Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Osgoode Hall Law School (2010)
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (2005 – 2008)
  • Partner and Research Lawyer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (1998 – 2004)
  • Associate Research Lawyer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (1992 – 1997)

Achievements

  • Several academic awards and scholarships
  • Publications in the areas of administrative and constitutional law
  • Authored report on curriculum reform for the Dean’s Office, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
  • Instructor in the areas of administrative law and legal research and writing
  • Academic Director, Upper Year Compulsory Moot Program, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (2005-2008)

Education

  • S.J.D., University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (2010)
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (1990)
  • B.A. (Distinction) in Philosophy, McGill University (1987)

Called to Bar

1992 (Ontario)

Current Project:

Defamation Law in the Internet Age

Past Projects:

Simplified Procedures for Small Estates
Review of the Forestry Workers Lien for Wages Act

A picture of Ryan Fritsch

Ryan Fritsch

Counsel

Ryan Fritsch joined the LCO on December 1, 2016. He is experienced in teaching, litigating, and leading community and corporate social justice initiatives as a Toronto-based health law, human rights, and administrative law lawyer.

Ryan previously served as policy counsel leading Legal Aid Ontario’s province-wide Mental Health Strategy, and as legal counsel to Ontario’s Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office. He is former co-chair of the Police Record Check Coalition, a sessional lecturer in mental health law at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law, and has served on many community and institutional advisory boards related to disability and mental health.

Previous Work Experience

  • Policy Counsel, Mental Health Strategy, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Sessional Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
  • Legal Counsel, Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office
  • Staff Lawyer, EcoJustice Canada

Education

  • McGill University, Faculty of Law — Montreal — LL.M., 2010
  • University of Windsor, Faculty of Law — Windsor — LL.B., 2005
  • University of Victoria, Department of Political Science — Victoria — B.A., 2002

Current Project:

Improving the Last Stages of Life

A picture of Susie Lindsay

Susie Lindsay

Counsel

Susie comes to the LCO with academic, policy and private practice experience.

Susie spent the last twelve years practising litigation: first in regulatory law at a large communications company, and then in civil defence and administrative law at a boutique litigation firm. Susie is a Fulbright Scholar, has a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School and was a fellow at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Previous Work Experience

  • Associate, Rogers Partners LLP
  • Regulatory Counsel, Bell Canada
  • Research Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
  • Law Clerk, Court of Appeal for Ontario

Education

  • Harvard Law School — Cambridge, MA — LL.M., 2005
  • Queen’s University, Faculty of Law — Kingston — LL.B., 2003
  • University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Honours English — Vancouver — B.A., 1998

Current Project:

Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms

A picture of Radhika Sharma

Radhika Sharma

Administrative and Web Assistant

Radhika Sharma first joined the LCO in the summer of 2013 as a LAWS student. She was subsequently hired in January 2015 as an Office Assistant. Currently, as an Administrative and Web Assistant, Radhika assists the Project & Web Coordinator and Executive Officer with administrative duties.

Radhika is also responsible for the LCO’s website and stakeholder database.

Radhika is pursuing her degree in Political Science at York University and is interested in the Law and Access to Justice issues.

Previous Work Experience

  • Law Commission of Ontario, LAWS Summer Student (July-August 2013)
  • Borden Ladner Gervais, LAWS Summer Student (July 2014)
  • Law Commission of Ontario, Office Assistant (January 2015-April 2018)

Education

  • Honours BA Political Science, York University, 2018

Founding Executive Director

A picture of Patricia Hughes

Dr. Patricia Hughes

Founding Executive Director

Patricia Hughes is the Founding Executive Director of the Law Commission of Ontario. She was the Executive Director from September 15, 2007 until her retirement from the LCO in December 2015.

Patricia’s academic career spans more than thirty-five years and she has taught at various Canadian universities. Dr. Hughes currently serves on the Board of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice and sits on the Friends of the Community Legal Clinics. She represents the LCO on the Law Society’s The Action Group on Access to Justice .She speaks extensively about the LCO and on access to justice and law reform issues to law related and community audiences.

Previous Work Experience

  • Executive Director of Education and Scholar in Residence in the Calgary office of Bennett Jones LLP (2006 – 2007)
  • Dean of Law, University of Calgary (2001 – 2006)
  • Chair of Women and Law, University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law (1992 – 2001)
  • Alternate Chair of the Ontario Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal (1990 – 1992)
  • Vice-chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (1986 – 1990)
  • Counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario (1984 – 1986)
  • Has written and spoken on legal aid and access to the legal system and  administrative  process,  as  well  as  on a wide variety of issues in labour law, women’s rights and constitutional law

Achievements

  • Recipient of the Law Society of Alberta Recognition of Service (2006)
  • Recipient of the Alberta Centenary Medal (2005)

Education

  • B.A., Political Science, McMaster University
  • M.A., Political Science, McMaster University
  • Ph.D., Political Theory, University of Toronto
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (1982)


Called to the Bar

  • 2001 (Alberta)
  • 1984 (Ontario)