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Brooke Shekter, B.A. (Hons), J.D.
Associate

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Bio

Brooke earned her Juris Doctor from Western Law in 2017, where she graduated on the Dean’s List and was awarded the J.S.D. Tory Writing Prize. Brooke was called to the Bar in June 2018.

During law school, Brooke served as Co-Chair of the Western Health Law Association and was responsible for the success of a medical malpractice moot. The moot provided 32 students with practical trial-level advocacy experience in the health law field, including examining expert witnesses in chief and in cross.

In her second year of law school, Brooke was encouraged by a professor to produce a podcast for her Administrative Law class. The podcast was a two-hour legal analysis of the Personal Health Information Protection Act and whether the discipline procedures under the legislation are procedurally fair. This podcast uncovered Brooke’s passion for Administrative Law and she subsequently focused her studies on administrative law, procedural fairness and substantive review.

Throughout law school, Brooke wrote a number of research papers on the following topics: how hospital protocol can tragically contribute to the compromising of a newborn child; a comparative analysis of the standard of proof before administrative tribunals; a critique of Bill 87 and whether it demonstrates a lack of procedural fairness to physicians; and a comprehensive analysis of the standard of review before administrative tribunals and whether adhering to the presumption of expertise forsakes the rule of law and accords an indiscriminate amount of deference to the administrative decision-maker.

Brooke completed her articles at a law firm in downtown Toronto where she gained experience in legal research, preparing materials for trial, appeared on motions before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and worked directly with clients to advance their files. As a prior summer student at TTL Health Law, Brooke gained experience in health law research and assisted in drafting client documents, as well as attended professional discipline hearings and mediation meetings.

With a strong interest in advocating for the health care professional, Brooke’s practice focuses on upholding the firm’s commitment to representing client zealously, maintaining the highest ethical standards, and remaining at the forefront of health law.

Education

  • Ontario Bar, 2018
  • J.D., Western Law, Western University, 2017
  • BAH (Honors), Honors Specialization in Sociology, Western University, 2010
  • Harvard University, Advanced Fiction: The Novel, 2010

Recognition

  • J.S.D. Tory Writing Prize for The Regulation of Professional Penalties for Physicians & Surgeons in Ontario: A Critique of Bill 87
  • Dean’s List Graduate, Western Law, Western University, 2017
  • Dean’s List Graduate, Honors Bachelor of Arts, Honors Specialization in Sociology, Western University, 2010
  • Dean’s List Graduate, Honors Bachelor of Arts, Western University, 2009

Organizations & Professional Appointments

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Medico-Legal Society
  • Women’s Law Association of Ontario
  • American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
  • Western Health Law Association, Past Co-Chair                          

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

Community Involvement

Blog

William Osler discipline of doctor an egregious abuse of power

Feb 05, 2021

The decision by the William Osler Health System to strip a physician of a medical director role after he criticized the province’s handling o...

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Presumed consent with organ donation is a dangerous step beyond informed consent

Jan 27, 2021

A recent decision by the Nova Scotia government to automatically make almost every adult in the province an organ donor will benefit those who need...

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Changes to medical assistance in dying are overdue, and still not quite right

Nov 25, 2020

When the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the absolute prohibition on physician-assisted death infringed on a person’s Charter rights, the ...

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Five Steps to Take When a Professional Conduct Complaint is Lodged Against You

Oct 01, 2020

As a self-regulated health professional, it can be a stressful experience to receive notice from your College that a patient has filed a complaint ...

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Press

The Toronto Star - Opinion: William Osler discipline of doctor an egregious abuse of power

Feb 10, 2021

The decision by the William Osler Health System to strip a physician of a medical director role after he criticized the province’s handling o...

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Restraining High-Risk Patients Sometimes a Necessary Evil

Jul 08, 2019

Health-care staff are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the restraint of high-risk patients, says Toronto health lawyer ...

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A Medical Professional's Obligations Regarding Police Requests

Jun 05, 2019

Health-care providers need to stand their ground when police officers express an interest in patients’ medical information, says Toronto heal...

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Appeal Court: Doctors Have To Give Referrals For Services They Oppose

May 17, 2019

Ontario’s highest court ruled Wednesday that doctors in the province must give referrals for medical services that clash with their...

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Six Vital Steps For Health-Care Professionals Facing Complaints

Apr 23, 2019

Health-care professionals should consult legal counsel after a complaint has been filed against them, and deal with the matter expediently and with...

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