Jeff practices primarily in the areas of administrative law as well as commercial litigation and insolvency. His administrative law practice is centered on professional regulation for self-governing professions and he currently provides advice to a number of those professions as counsel to discipline and complaints committees, as a prosecutor, and with respect to policy development. Jeff currently provides advice to a number of clients on issues related to The Regulated Health Professions Act of Manitoba. He has also represented counsel on professional negligence cases and has both prosecuted and defended members in Law Society proceedings.
Jeff is a past President of the Law Society of Manitoba (2009-2010) and a Life Bencher having served from 2002 through 2010. In 2008 and 2009, Jeff chaired the President’s Special Committee on the Independence of the Legal Profession. Jeff served as Chair of the Law Society’s Complaints Investigation, Discipline, Nominating and Equity Committees. Jeff has also served as a representative to the Queen’s Bench Statutory Rules Committee, the Community Legal Education Association and the Legal Data Resources (MB) Corporation.
He continues to sit as a member of the Law Society’s Discipline Committee and Access Stakeholders Committee. Jeff also serves on the Court of Queen’s Bench Access to Justice Committee.
Jeff is Manitoba’s representative on the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The Federation is the national coordinating body of the 14 Law Societies in Canada who have the responsibility to regulate Canada’s 100,000+ lawyers and 4,000 Quebec notaries. He chairs the Federation’s Standing Committee on Access to Legal Services and the CanLII Nominating Committee. He also represents the Council on the National Discipline Standards Project Steering Committee and Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters where he is a member of the Steering Committee.
Jeff has been a frequent lecturer and seminar leader in civil procedure, examinations for discovery, negotiation skills and ethics for the Law Society’s Bar Admission course (CPLED). For the past eight years, Jeff has taught and continues to teach the third year Remedies course at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.
Jeff and his wife, Liz Murray, live in Winnipeg with their son, Davis.
EDUCATION: University of Manitoba, B.A., International Relations, 1984
University of Manitoba, LL.B., 1986
CALL TO THE BAR: Manitoba, 1987
LEGAL TEACHINGS: Third year Remedies course sessional lecturer for the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law (2005 - present)
Lecturer and learning group facilitator in civil procedure, advocacy, negotiation skills, motions practice and ethics for the bar admission (CPLED) program
OTHER SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Plenary speaker, 4th National Pro Bono Conference, Montreal, November 2012, “Challenges for a Self-Regulated Profession: Is Pro Bono a Professional Responsibility?”
Plenary Speaker, Isaac Pitblado Lectures, Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 2009, “Practising Law in the 21st Century: Evolution or Revolution”
Speaker on Access to Justice at the CBA 2013 Envisioning Equal Justice Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia, April 2013
Speaker on Regulatory Board Governance Essentials at the 2013 QNET Excellence Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 2013
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Past Executive and Board Member of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Winnipeg Jewish Theatre