Community

Overview

Torys Community

At Torys, we know that as part of the legal profession, we have a unique responsibility to the community. Our lawyers and staff are dedicated to serving the public interest, making positive change in our society and fostering community development however we can—from participating in community initiatives to maintaining a robust pro bono program.

Community News

Foundations We Support

Here are just a few of the community organizations we are proud to support.

 Adopt a Family

Air Canada Foundation

Bikes for Tykes

Bust a Move Calgary, Alberta Cancer Foundation

Calgary Food Bank

Calgary Women's Shelter

Camp Oochigeas

Food Bank of New York City

Fort York Food Bank

Give a Day

Juvenile Diabetes

Movember

National Eating Disorders Association

North York General Hospital

Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary

Ronald McDonald House

SickKids Foundation

 Teen Legal Helpline  Touching Tiny Lives  United Way
 YWCA Toronto - Women of Distinction Awards  Sinai Health Foundation  Lawyers Feed the Hungry
Special Olympics  Hockey Helps the Homeless  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto

Pro Bono

We provide pro bono legal services to a diverse breadth of organizations. Torys is proud to have worked with the following associations, among others:

MaRs Discover District's Soial Venture Connection (SVX)

Right to Play

LAWS (Laws Action Within Schools)

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Human Rights First

Special Olympics Ontario

CARFAC (Canadians Artists' Representation/le Front des artistes canadiens) Ontario

Free the Children

Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG)

International Senior Lawyers Project

National Music Centre

MS Society of Canada

LGBT Initiatives

We are grateful for our long history of pro bono advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community.

Our longstanding commitment to provide representation to the LGBT community reaches as far back as 1995, when we represented the Canadian AIDS Society and the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario in R. v. Carmen M., in which the Ontario Court of Appeal found portions of the Criminal Code relating to the age for consent to be unconstitutional. In 1999, we supported the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives in a human rights complaint against a printer who refused to provide printing services to the archives. A more recent case, in 2004, involved our representation of the Foundation for Equal Families as an intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada in reference to the legality of the federal government’s proposed Civil Marriage Act, which defined marriage in gender-neutral terms and permitted same-sex marriage.

Through our practice we are constantly aiming to protect and advance the rights of the LGBT community.

Pro Bono Committee

From Our Lawyers: What Community Means To Us

In these videos, Cornell Wright and Andrew Gray express how community plays an integral part to their personal and professional lives.

  • Cornell describes how important community is to Torys’ culture. He is a part of the LAWS program and the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation at the firm.
  • Andrew expresses his thoughts on the value of the individual at Torys, as well as the importance of mentoring and community within and beyond the workplace.