Bhavan Sodhi

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JD (Osgoode), BBA (Hon) (Guelph)

Bhavan K. Sodhi is the Legal Director at Innocence Canada (IC). IC is a non-governmental organization working to identify, advocate for, and exonerate individuals who have been convicted of a crime they did not commit.

In her role as Legal Director, Ms. Sodhi and her team have successfully represented individuals in overturning their wrongful convictions. She also has general oversight of the organization’s national case load, which at this time strictly focuses on homicides, and leads IC’s legal team on law reform and policy initiatives. Before joining Innocence Canada, she was an Assistant Crown Attorney in Toronto and also has experience working as a criminal defence lawyer.

Since 2017, Ms. Sodhi has been an Adjunct Professor and the Director of the Innocence Project at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is the Co-Founder and Instructor of the “Wrongful Conviction Externship” at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She also facilitates and supervises IC’s various student programs (including the 1L and 2L summer recruits), Articles of Clerkship and the organization’s many collaborations with wrongful conviction clinics/courses throughout Canada.

Ms. Sodhi has written extensively on the subject of criminal justice & wrongful convictions and regularly presents on these topics to various members of the criminal justice system (including judges, Crown Attorneys, defence lawyers, police officers, forensic experts, etc.).