Jill Makepeace

LLM (Alberta), LLB (Windsor), BSocSc (Ottawa), of the Bar of Ontario

Jill is a partner at Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein LLP in Toronto. She has an advocacy practice dedicated to criminal trials and appeals, with a particular focus on sexual offences.

Jill received her LLB. from the University of Windsor and LLM. from the University of Alberta. In 2003-2004, she served as law clerk to the Honourable Justice A. Lutz (then Supernumerary Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and Deputy Judge to the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories). The clerkship was devoted to a lengthy civil trial arising out of the murder of nine replacement workers at the Giant Mine in Yellowknife during a labour dispute in 1992. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2006.

In addition to her commitment to practice, Jill was a devoted sessional lecturer at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law for a decade. She taught criminal law courses, including an advanced seminar on criminal motions that is geared to students pursuing criminal law careers. She is returning to the classroom in 2023 to teach The Law of Homicide with the Honourable David Watt, K.C.

Jill is a co-author of Modern Criminal Evidence (Emond, 2022) and recently completed a seven-year term as co-editor of the publication of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, For the Defence. She is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Ontario Bar Association, and the Advocates’ Society.