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).
In 2017, Professor Tanovich was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Social Sciences). This is the highest honour that can be awarded to an academic in Canada. In 2016, he was awarded the University of Windsor's Outstanding Faculty Research Award (Established Scholars/Researchers category).
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.
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 an appellate lawyer with Pinkofsky Lockyer in Toronto during which he appeared as lead counsel in over 90 criminal and constitutional cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and Ontario Court of Appeal. Professor Tanovich won his last three cases in the Supreme Court of Canada (R v Golden; R v Burke; and R v Lyttle).