Complaints, Lawyer Discipline and Public Hearings

Summary of Credentials Decision

Daniel Clayton Gallant

Hearing (application for enrolment): May 24, 2017

Panel: Nancy G. Merrill, Chair, Lance J. Ollenberger and Peter D. Warner, QC

Decision issued: June 13, 2017 (2017 LSBC 21)

Counsel: Henry C. Wood, QC for the Law Society; Sarah J. Rauch for Daniel Clayton Gallant

BACKGROUND

Daniel Clayton Gallant led a life of crime and violence ending 16 years ago. His criminal convictions included assaults, assaults causing bodily harm, uttering threats, fighting and prohibited weapon possession. He became involved with gangs, violence and radical extremism.

Deciding to seek help and guidance, he did two terms at a drug treatment facility, joined Alcoholics Anonymous, became involved in “Red Road” healing and participated in First Nations ceremonies, with the result that, since age 26, he has abstained from all drug and alcohol use. A social worker course led to years of counselling training, for which he earned certificates, and he is currently a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the BC College of Social Workers. Gallant completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011 and graduated with a law degree in May 2017.

Gallant received a pardon for his criminal convictions in 2008. He is active in the areas of combatting radicalization, right-wing extremism, hate crimes and terrorism. From 2005 to 2017 he published 18 articles and performed 44 conference speaking engagements, including in Paris, London, New York and Ottawa. He trains law enforcement officers and advises governments.

Gallant applied for enrolment in the Admission Program, and the Credentials Committee ordered a hearing to determine whether he meets the criteria for admission.

The hearing panel observed, as other panels have done in the past, that rehabilitation from a criminal past such as this is not only possible, but is to be encouraged. It is in the public interest to admit lawyers from diverse backgrounds with a view to meeting the legal needs of and protecting all sectors of society.

The panel also noted that Gallant’s extensive academic and in-field work is very important work in the world today, and he is to be encouraged in those efforts.

DECISION

The panel found that Gallant is of good character and repute and fit to become a barrister and a solicitor of the Supreme Court.

2017 LSBC 21 Decision on Application for Enrolment