Frederick H. Zemans

Professor Emeritus
Frederick H. Zemans photo
BA (Hons), LLB (Toronto), of the Bar of Ontario

Frederick H. Zemans is the founding Director of Parkdale Community Legal Services – Ontario’s first community-based legal aid clinic that was established in 1971 – and of Osgoode’s Intensive Program in Poverty Law.

He was the Director of Clinical Education at Osgoode for many years and was one of the original faculty teaching in Osgoode’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Professor Zemans’ publications have focused primarily on the Canadian legal profession, access to justice, legal services for low-income persons, and alternative dispute resolution and quality assurance of state-funded legal services.   In recent years, he co-authored:  From Crisis to Reform:  A  New Legal Aid Plan for Ontario; Access to Justice for a New Century – The Way Forward; The Evaluation of the  Mandatory Mediation Pilot Project in Ottawa and Toronto; The Theory and Practice of Representative Negotiations (Emond Montgomery: 2007) and  An Evaluation of the Pilot Project of Three Criminal Law Offices (Legal Aid  Ontario: 2008).

Professor Zemans has been a Butterworth’s Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, University of London, and a visitor at Kobe University Law Department and the University of California at Los Angeles.  He served for many years as Chair of boards of inquiry for the Ontario Human Rights Commission and, in recent years, as a mediator and facilitator in private and public disputes.