Biography

David M Tanovich is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. He is also co-editor of the Canadian Bar Review with Dean Christopher Waters. From 2009-2012, Professor Tanovich was the Academic Director of Windsor Law's Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP).

Professor Tanovich teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, evidence, legal ethics and racial profiling. He is a nationally recognized expert in these areas. Two of his critically acclaimed works include The Colour of Justice: Policing Race in Canada (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2006); and, Law's Ambition and the Reconstruction of Role Morality in Canada (2005), 28 Dalhousie L. Rev. 267-310.  In 2016, Professor Tanovich was awarded the University of Windsor's Outstanding Faculty Research Award (Established Scholars/Researchers category). This is the University's highest form of internal recognition for Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity.

Prior to joining the academy, Professor Tanovich served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer for the 1995 Supreme Court of Canada term.  From 1997-2003, he was a partner and appellate lawyer with Pinkofsky Lockyer in Toronto and a sessional lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School. During that time, he appeared in over 90 cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and Ontario Court of Appeal arguing leading cases on strip searches, the admissibility of DNA evidence, racial profiling, ethics and cross-examination, race and sentencing and videotaping confessions. Before leaving practice, Professor Tanovich won his last three cases as counsel for the appellant in the Supreme Court of Canada.