Joshua Sealy-Harrington
Lawyer
Available in: English Français
Joshua’s research and practice centres on marginalized communities, particularly sexual, gender, and racial minorities. His research theorizes the complex relationships amongst law, identity, and sexuality, while his practice explores the intersection of these relationships with public, constitutional, and criminal law. He is a tireless advocate for minority rights, with litigation experience before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
jsealyharrington@powerlaw.ca
520-509-2446

Joshua is Trinidadian-Canadian, and was born in Calgary, Alberta. He practices remotely from New York City, where he conducts doctoral research at Columbia Law School theorizing law, identity, and sexuality. He previously completed an LL.M. at Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Fulbright Student, and Law Society Viscount Bennet Scholar.

Joshua has completed three judicial clerkships, two at the Supreme Court of Canada (for Justice Clément Gascon) and one at the Federal Court (for Justice Donald J. Rennie, now of the Federal Court of Appeal). He also worked for two years as a litigator in commercial law, intellectual property law, and constitutional law at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. His core expertise relates to public, constitutional, and criminal law. And his practice centres on appellate advocacy, including consulting on all aspects of advocacy before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Joshua is an aspiring legal scholar and an avid writer. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications as well as articles for The Globe and Mail, Newsweek, National Magazine, Law Matters, and ABlawg. Further, his scholarship has been cited by the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada. He is passionate about translating the experience of minority groups into tangible legal claims. And in 2019, he received a Canadian Law Blog Award for his online advocacy on behalf of race, gender, and sexual minorities.

Joshua is functionally bilingual, and works in both English and French. He continues to study and improve his French.

Law Societies

  • Ontario

Education

  • J.S.D. (Columbia University - ongoing)
  • LL.M. (Columbia University - 2019)
  • J.D. (University of Calgary - 2013)
  • B.Sc. Mathematics (University of British Columbia - 2010)
  • “Twelve Angry (White) Men: The Constitutionality of the Statement of Principles” (2020) 51:1 Ottawa Law Review 195

  • Presentation: Juxtaposing Social Identities: Gender, Race, and Sexuality (Sexuality and the Law; Osgoode Hall Law School; Mar 2020)

  • Presentation: Critical Race Theory and Diversities in Academia (Diversity Speaker Series; Mitacs Canada; Mar 2020)

  • Presentation: Critical Race Feminism (Feminist Legal Theory; University of Calgary; Feb 2020)

  • Presentation: Queer Theory is Dead; Queer Legal Theory Does Not Exist (Provocations in Queer Legal Studies; Yale; September 2019)

  • Presentation: Diversity in Law School and Legal Practice (Equity and Respect Committee Speaker Series; University of Alberta; Mar 2019)

  • Presentation: Constitutionality of Polygamy Prohibitions (Law, Culture & The Humanities; Carleton; March 2019)

  • Presentation: Diversity and Clerkships (Black Law Students’ Association of Canada National Conference; Ottawa; Feb 2019)

  • Presentation: Addressing Sexual Violence in University Teaching and Accommodation for Survivors (Always a Zero-Sum Game? Academic Freedom and Anti-Oppression; Carleton; Sept 2018)

  • “Colour as a Discrete Ground of Discrimination” (2018) 7:1 Canadian Journal of Human Rights 1 (co-authored with Professor Jonnette Watson Hamilton)

  • Presentation: Interplay of ss. 7 and 15 in the Resolution of Impending Charter Disputes (Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences; University of Calgary; June 2016)

  • “The Inventive Concept in Patent Law: Not So Obvious” (2015) 27 Intellectual Property Journal 385

  • “Tied Hands? A Doctrinal and Policy Argument for the Validity of Advance Consent” (2014) 18 Canadian Criminal Law Review 119vvvvv

  • “Assessing Analogous Grounds: The Doctrinal and Normative Superiority of a Multi-Variable Approach” (2013) 10 University of Toronto Journal of Law & Equality 37

  • Danelle Michel v. Sean Graydon SCC 38498 (family law, gender equality)

  • A.B. v. C.D., 2019 BCCA 297 (family law and healthcare law; capacity of mature transgender minor to provide informed consent to gender-affirming treatment including hormone therapy; availability of protection orders under BC’s family law legislation to stop misgendering, deadnaming, and coercion of transgender minor; scope of freedom of expression and parental liberty rights of parent opposed to the medical treatment and protection order)

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