Howard grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, and attended McGill University where he received a B.A. (Hons.) in English Literature in 1997. He pursued graduate studies for two years before changing paths to attend New York University Law School, where he graduated in 2002. At law school he was an editor of the NYU Law Review, served as co-president of the NYU chapter of the Federalist Society, and was a research assistant for Prof. Alan Dershowitz. After graduating, he practised at two international law firms in New York and London, U.K., before accepting a clerkship with the Hon. Diarmuid O’Scannlainn on the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, in Portland, OR. After clerking, he resumed legal practice, with a focus on appellate litigation, in Washington, DC. In 2011, he moved to Ottawa, where he served first as Chief of Staff to a federal cabinet minister and later as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister. He has written widely on legal matters, as well as politics and culture.
Adam Revay earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2006. Since joining the CCF in 2008, Adam has been involved in redesigning the CCF website and in co-ordinating the Foundation’s involvement in social media like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Adam produced the CCF’s first in-house YouTube video titled, “U of C: University of Censorship.” He was also instrumental in planning and organizing the Foundation’s 2008 and 2009 law conferences. Adam enjoys the great outdoors and is an experienced skier. He is also a computer hobbyist and an avid gamer. Adam lives in Calgary with his wife Chloé.
Derek From has worked at the Canadian Constitution Foundation since 2009. He graduated with a degree in law from the University of Western Ontario after earning degrees in philosophy and religious studies. His law practice is focused on advancing personal and economic liberty by advocating for individual freedom in the courts. He has contributed to a number of important constitutional cases on freedom of expression, freedom of religion, property rights, and equality rights. His articles regularly appear in newspapers such as the Toronto Star, Financial Post, Huffington Post, and others. He frequently appears in the media discussing issues such as freedom of expression, individual liberty, and human rights. Derek’s work has appeared in the Alberta Law Review and the C2C Journal and he was a contributor to the Fraser Institute’s 2012 “Towards a Worldwide Index of Human Freedom”. Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and volunteering within his community.
Joanna Baron is the CCF’s Runnymede Society Director. She clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2013. Following her clerkship, Joanna worked in barrister’s chambers in London, UK as a Harold G. Fox Scholar. Joanna practiced criminal law, appearing at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada, until 2016.
Russell earned his BA from Mount Royal University in Calgary in 2013. Since joining the Canadian Constitution Foundation in 2014, Russell has been involved primarily with its communications work as well as helping plan and organize their annual Law & Freedom conference.
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