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Harvey Yarosky (BBHS ‘51)

Born: 1934, Montreal, Quebec

After graduating from BBHS, Harvey Yarosky went on to McGill University where he obtained his law degree in 1961. He is a former partner of the Hon. Fred Kaufman (ret.) of the Quebec Court of Appeal, the Hon. Morris Fish (ret.) of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Hon. Jerry Zigman of the Quebec Superior Court and François Daviault, formerly of the Quebec Superior Court.

Throughout his career, Yarosky has been involved in many high profile cases including representing members of the RCMP and La Sûreté du Québec before federal and provincial commissions of inquiry, representing, with others, Brown Shoes Ltd et al. in proceedings contesting certain provisions of “Bill 101” regarding the language of commercial signs in Quebec, acting as special coroner to conduct an inquest into the shooting death of Marcellus François by the Montreal Urban Community police force, acting as special Crown prosecutor in charges of drug trafficking brought against the chief investigator of the RCMP drug section in Montreal, representing, with others, the Hon. Brian Mulroney in proceedings against the Government of Canada, and the RCMP in the “Airbus Affair”.

Yarosky has had mandates from the Canadian Judicial Council on many occasions and has acted as Independent Counsel to its Inquiry into a complaint brought against five judges of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal by the Attorney General of that province in the Donald Marshall Junior affair.

He acted and continues to act as counsel to General (ret.) Roméo Dallaire who has testified for the Prosecution before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and before other tribunals in Canada and abroad, in relation to the Rwandan genocide of 1994

In addition to practicing law, Yarosky was an adjunct professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and taught as well at the University of Ottawa and the Université de Montréal. He was a member of the Québec Advisory Council on Justice and executive assistant to the Federal Department of Justice Committee (the Cohen Committee) that led to the enactment of the hate propaganda sections of the Criminal Code.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

On  a personal note, Yarosky and Joseph Nuss (BBHS ’51),  went through Baron Byng together and have been close friends since meeting in the 6th grade at Devonshire school over 70 years ago.