- Selwyn Pieters is accepting new clients for education law, human rights, police law and criminal law matters. Selwyn has undertaken cases ranging from Election disputes through to media law, human rights and prisoners’ rights. He has particular expertise in cross-disciplinary/insecting litigating matters, with the ability to handle issues of public law, Education law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and labour and Employment law. Selwyn has experience in advocacy at all levels of Courts and Tribunals in Canada.
- April 08, 2014, the Oath Case McAteer et al v. Attorney General of Canada will be heard in the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The oath to the Queen is being challenged as a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. See also, Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press, Appeal Court set to hear battle over citizenship oath to the Queen, Globe and Mail, April 06, 2014
- February 07, 2014 University of Ottawa Faculty of Law Black History Month event: Perspectives on Profiling panel on Friday February 7th from 4pm to 6pm in room 302! Lawyers to speak about racism in the legal system, Metro News, February 06, 2014
- January 22, 2014: Patterson v. TDSB and Quan ruling is a first good step for the HRTO to record its proceedings in accordance with para. 135 of Peel Law Association v. Pieters, 2013 ONCA 396. Hearing adjourned in Patterson v. TDSB and Donna Quan See also, Louise Brown Toronto principal who's black alleges ‘systemic discrimination’, Toronto Star, January 22, 2014 It is a highly litigated case that has spawn several decisions so far:
Patterson v. Toronto District School Board, 2014 CarswellOnt 713; Patterson v. Toronto District School Board, 2014 CarswellOnt 691; Patterson v. Toronto District School Board, 2014 CarswellOnt 454, 2014 HRTO 66; Patterson v. Toronto District School Board, 2014 CarswellOnt 446; Patterson v. Toronto District School Board, 2014 CarswellOnt 238
- November 14, 2013, provided legal commentary to CBC'S Here and Now, on Mayor Rob Ford's threat to sue city staffers.
- November 07, 2013, successfully won Academic Appeal at University of Toronto: S.M. v. Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
- September 20, 2013 Justice Morgan decision in the Constitutional challenge of Citizenship Act (Superior Court) McAteer, Topey, Dror-Natan v. Canada (Attorney General) 2013 ONSC 5895 (ON S.C.) . See also, Colin Perkel, Required Oath to Queen for new Canadians constitutional, court rules, CP, September 20, 2013
- September 16, 2013, Yamri Taddese Is racism defence futile in wake of Pieters?16 September 2013, Law Times; Court of Appeal for Ontario decision release in Peel Law Association v. Pieters, 2013 ONCA 396,  116 O.R. (3d) 81, 2013 CarswellOnt 7881, 2013 O.J. No. 2695, 228 A.C.W.S. (3d) 204 (Cronk, Juriansz and Pepall JJ.A.). See, Jeff Gray Black lawyers win Ontario discrimination appeal, The Globe and Mail; Colin Perkel Black, dreadlocked lawyers racially profiled when asked for ID., Ottawa Citizen.
- August 27, 2013 Minister Madeleine Meilleur announced that Police services now have the authority to make their own decisions on the deployment of tasers. Frontline officers to be issued with tasers. Nothing though on whether the Jurors recommendations from the Aron James Firman Inquest were implemented.
- August 2013, provided legal commentary on the Sammy Yatim homicide on a Streetcar by Police Constable James Forcillio: CBC, The National" Police officer gets bail in Sammy Yatim shooting"; CBC "Why James Forcillo was charged with murder in Yatim shooting"; Global National "Toronto streetcar shooting: police have a ‘defence that others don’t,’ says legal analyst"; Toronto Star "James Forcillo: An explanation of the bail process"; Toronto Star "Sammy Yatim: Family 'relieved' by SIU decision to charge officer with murder".
- May 21, 2013, representing Constable Damiean Muirhead in a police disciplinary tribunal matter. He is a Black officer with York Regional Police who has been singled out: York police chief’s testimony sought at racially charged police hearing May 21, 2013 and York police association axes legal funding for officer in racially charged discipline hearing May 23 2013
- May 14, 2013, R. v. W.(J.), 2013 ONCJ 270 and Court costs awarded to Pickering teen shot by police, BY Jeff Mitchell, Toronto Star
- April 12, 2013, successfully defended Correctional Officer charged with assaulting another CO with a hug. Featured news story on Citynews
- April 09, 2013, represented a senior York Regional Police Police Officer charged under the Police Services Act with insubordination x 2 and neglect of duty x 2.
- February 1, 2013, Reconsideration Decision in Taylor-Baptiste v. Ontario Public Service Employees Union 2013 HRTO 180 rendered denying reconsideration of the competing rights decision rendered in Taylor-Baptiste v. Ontario Public Service Employees Union, 2012 HRTO 1393 - case involves freedom from sexual harassment vs. Freedom of Association
- January 28, 2013, made submissions to the Human Rights Tribunal pursuant to an Interim Decision of January 15, 2013, R.M. v. Toronto Police Services Board, 2013 HRTO 73 on the whether the HRTO has the power to go beyond its enabling legislation to decide matters of common law and statutory interpretation - case involves the right of an adult to file an application for events occurring when he was a child.
- December 31 , 2012: Successfully represented a human rights applicant in a significant decision rendered on Amending Pleadings at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario: Cadarette v. Peel Regional Police Services Board 2012 HRTO 2411
- December 31, 2012, Toronto Star expose on Leonard Fullerton and Project Corral - the mega gang arrest in Toronto is being conducted at Old City Hall before Justices Brown and Khawly: Betsy Powell, How a young Toronto black man got tagged as trouble, Toronto Star, December 31, 2012
- December 18 , 2012: Court of Appeal heard appeal from Divisional Court ruling in Peel Law Association v. Pieters, 2012 CarswellOnt 2026,  O.J. No. 684, (2012), 288 O.A.C. 185,
2012 ONSC 1048, 213 A.C.W.S. (3d) 729 (Div. Ct.)
- June 18, 2012, decision of Superior Court of Justice in Roach v. Canada (Attorney General) 2012 CarswellOnt 7799,
2012 ONSC 3521,
a matter under section 7 of the Class Proceedings Act 1992, S.O. 1992.
- April 29, 2011, Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ontario (Attorney General) v. Fraser, 2011 SCC 20 I appeared as co-counsel and made oral argument on behalf of J4MW and IAVGO.
- March 11, 2011: Selwyn Pieters named The Lawyers Weekly, Lawyer of the Week
- September 2010, obtained acquittal after trial for assaulting police wit intent to prevent arrest in R. v. Taylor, based on cellphone video that contradicted the officers testimony.
- June 2010 Successful resisted MCSCS lawyers jurisdictional motion for dismissal of part of the complaint in Steele v. Ontario, 2010 HRTO 1248 (CanLII) Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario - a case of racism in Ontario's jails.
- May 2010, represented the family of Junior Alexander Manon at the Coroner re his death in police custody.
- February 2010: Presented at the Black Law Students Association of Canada, 19th Annual Conference
Theme: "Partnering for progress and unprecedented possibilities" and a CRARR event on racial profiling.
- Students are still be suspended and expelled in record numbers, the Toronto Star looks at the correlation between this and incarceration rates: Rankin, Jim and Contenta, Sandro, School, Interrupted, part 1 of 3: Lingering in limbo, Toronto Star, June 06, 2009; Are schools too quick to suspend? Sandro Contenta Jim Rankin, June 08, 2009 and Students thrown into limbo
Metro Canada, June 4, 2009
- Successfully represented Dan Freeman-Maloy (co-counsel with Peter Rosenthal) in the Ontario Court of Appeal. See, Freeman-Maloy v. Marsden (Ontario Court of Appeal, March 31, 2006), overturning Hoy J. decision in Freeman-Maloy v. Marsden  O.J. No. 1730 (S.C.J.). Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada denied with costs.
- The Honourable Sinclair Stevens v. The Conservative Party of Canada,  F.C.J. No. 1890, 2005 FCA 383,  2 F.C.R. 315, (2005) 262 D.L.R. (4th) 532, (2005) 343 N.R. 275, 2005 CarswellNat 3774, 2005 CarswellNat 3775, (2005) 143 A.C.W.S. (3d) 1029 (Fed. C.A.) (2005-11-17) 1v. to S.C.C. dismissed  S.C.C.A. No. 12
- Bangoura v. Washington Post  O.J. No. 3849, (2005) 258 D.L.R. (4th) 341, (2005) 202 O.A.C. 76, (2005) 17 C.P.C. (6th) 30, (2005) 142 A.C.W.S. (3d) 247, 2005 CarswellOnt 4343 (Ont.C.A.) (defamation - jurisdiction),  O.J. No. 5428, (2005) 206 O.A.C. 325, (2005) 20 C.P.C. (6th) 178, (2005) 144 A.C.W.S. (3d) 615, 2005 CarswellOnt 7304 (costs), 1v. to S.C.C. dismissed  S.C.C.A. No. 497
Selwyn was quoted in various press on various matters: Adrian Humphreys, Tsk tsk, Obama spoke too soon
National Post, July 24, 2009; Black, Canadian and rooting for Obama Toronto Star, May 12, 2008 and disbarred lawyer Jonathan Strug - Lawyer strung clients along with phantom cases, By Robert Todd, Law Times, 12 May 2008; Customs to gather racial data, Globe and Mail, December 16, 2002
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Selwyn is also an Attorney-at-Law in the Republic of Guyana and Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
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