About Davin Charney
Davin Charney is a lawyer with a passion for social justice.
While pursuing an MA at the University of Waterloo, Davin organized with the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Collective (KWYC), and their youth drop-in centre The Spot. The Youth Collective used direct action to organize poor youth and youth involved with gangs. They set up squats and tent cities, marched in the streets, had music shows, and organized a "Cop Watch" street patrol to counter police harassment and brutality.
Police repression of the Youth Collective led Davin from a provincial jail to Osgoode Hall Law School, and he now practices law throughout southern Ontario with a particular interest in lawsuits against police. His activist work continues to be inspired by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Anti-Racist Action, and the many Indigenous struggles. His role models include lawyers such as Joe Slovo and Nelson Mandela.