About « Jean-Paul Bevilacqua


Jean-Paul Bevilacqua

Advocate & Artist

Jean-Paul graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2015 and subsequently completed his time as a student-at-law with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario. He was called to the Ontario Bar in June of 2016. Upon graduation from Osgoode, he was awarded the Dean’s Gold Key, as well as the Legal & Literary Society Student Honour Award, both for outstanding and significant contribution and leadership in the law school community. His work is centred within the realms of advocacy, public service and alternative dispute resolution.

In the spring of 2017, he returned back to his alma mater, joining the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution. Additionally, he is now instructing two courses as an adjunct professor at Osgoode: the Mediation Clinical Intensive Program and “Theory and Practice of Mediation.” In 2020, he was awarded the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award, an award designed to honour those instructors who, through innovation and commitment, have significantly enhanced the quality of learning of Osgoode JD students.

In addition to his strong interest and work in the legal world, performing and, specifically, theatre are deep-seated passions of his. After his time at the University of Toronto, he lived a primarily artistic life in the couple years that followed. He signed with a large-scale Toronto agency after graduation and continued working in the theatre, along with the Toronto International Film Festival and a four-year stint as an original cast member on the MTV Canada and Logo TV talk show 1 girl 5 gays.

Throughout that time, he became deeply engaged with the LGBT community and organizations such as the LGBT Youth Line and the Rainbow Health Network. This work was greatly fulfilling and lead him to embark on the journey of seeking a legal education.

Today, he seeks to use his background and experience to continue to support and engage with his community, blaze forward with the fight for justice and equality, and respond and adapt to our ever-changing societal, political and cultural landscape.

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