Annamaria Enenajor

Annamaria Enenajor
Ruby Shiller & Enenajor, Barristers
Partner
Constitutional, Criminal

Annamaria Enenajor, a partner with the Toronto firm Ruby Shiller & Enenajor, Barristers, focuses on criminal defence, constitutional law, and civil law.

She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in international relations in 2006 and earned a Master of Science in forced migration from Oxford University in 2007.

Ms. Enenajor graduated from the McGill Faculty of Law as the Principal David L. Johnston Gold Medalist with both civil and common law degrees in 2012 and subsequently clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Marie Deschamps and Justice Richard Wagner from 2012 to 2013.

Called to the Ontario Bar in 2013, Ms. Enenajor has appeared before every level of court in Ontario.

Following her clerkship, Ms. Enenajor practised litigation in the New York office of an international law firm, assisting with government enforcement actions and investigations into allegations of corruption and bribery. In addition, she maintained a pro bono practice, representing LGBT asylum-seekers and staffed a low-income legal clinic for students.

In recognition of her work as a member of a team of lawyers who brought an unprecedented civil rights class action against New York City to end the use of excessive force against inmates at Rikers Island and other New York City jails, Ms. Enenajor was honoured with a 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award by the New York Legal Aid Society.

During her legal studies, Ms. Enenajor was the recipient of numerous awards including prizes for the highest standing in Jurisprudence, Evidence and Public International Law; she served as the editor-in-chief of the McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy; and she was a researcher at the McGill International Criminal Justice Clinic. Ms. Enenajor was also the vice president of the Black Law Students’ Association of McGill and a volunteer math tutor in Montreal's low-income neighbourhoods for the Trevor Williams Kids Foundation.

During her studies at Oxford University, Ms. Enenajor worked in New Delhi for the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, monitoring the rights of refugees in India.

Annamaria Enenajor In The News
Enenajor's 'astonishing rise' as a criminal defence lawyer

Just a decade after starting law school, Toronto criminal lawyer Annamaria Enenajor has seen an “astonishing rise” to "become one of the profession’s most ... Read more

Enenajor directs Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty kick-off

The Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty has struck an immediate chord with the public, Toronto criminal lawyer  Annamaria Enenajor  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

Enenajor to launch Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty

Toronto criminal lawyer Annamaria Enenajor  is launching a new initiative called the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty to urge the federal government to immediately pardon all ... Read more

Political response must focus on systemic issues, not verdicts

The outrage by politicians that followed the acquittal of a Saskatchewan farmer for the 2016 death of an aboriginal teen should be directed toward the root causes of injustice ... Read more

Amnesty needed for those convicted of marijuana possession

Toronto criminal lawyer Annamaria Enenajor tells Radio-Canada that she’s urging the federal government to draft an amnesty program to wipe the legal slate clean for ... Read more

Freedom of expression especially important at universities

Freedom of expression takes on a heightened importance in the university context, Toronto criminal lawyer Annamaria Enenajor tells The Lawyer’s Daily . ... Read more

Right to self-represent in murder trial 'entrenched' in law

It is an uncommon experience in Canada to watch an accused person defend himself   at a murder trial, but the right to do so is deeply entrenched in our judicial system, ... Read more

Forcillo's alleged bail breach and what it may mean for further release

TORONTO — A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar four years ago has been charged with breaching ... Read more

Why many sexual assault victims don’t pursue criminal charges

Many sexual assault victims don't go to police because they don’t want to be re-traumatized, Toronto criminal lawyer Annamaria Enenajor tells CBC News . ... Read more

Enenajor joins partnership at Ruby Shiller & Enenajor Barristers

Lawyers Clayton Ruby and Brian Shiller welcomed Toronto criminal lawyer  Annamaria Enenajor to the partnership this month, with the firm now known as Ruby Shiller & ... Read more

OCA ruling helps outline scope of the Charter's s. 2(b)

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s (OCA) decision to quash a trespassing charge against a man who protested outside a town building helps to outline the scope of protection under ... Read more

Parties not privy to reasons for SCC leave to intervene decisions

As the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) does not provide reasons for its decisions on who is allowed to intervene in a case, it is impossible for parties to know exactly what the ... Read more

Penalties that bite needed to end racial profiling: Enenajor

Penalties "with teeth" should be established to end racial profiling by police, Toronto criminal lawyer Annamaria Enenajor tells VICE Media. Enenajor, a lawyer with  ... Read more

Courts committed to justice revile mandatory minimums: Enenajor

TORONTO — The mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison for luring a child into sexual activity via the internet is unconstitutional, Ontario's top court has ruled. ... Read more

Creative defences and the impact of Cody

By Annamaria Enenajor   In the recent ruling of  R. v. Cody , the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) reinforced the importance of the right to be tried within a ... Read more

Racial profiling is 'demoralizing and dehumanizing'

TORONTO — Racial profiling is a harmful form of discrimination that can be profoundly damaging to its victims and their communities, and undermines trust in public ... Read more

Proposed marijuana laws take 'heavy-handed approach'

The government's messaging around the legalization of marijuana has so far emphasized criminality instead of personal freedom and the failure of prohibition, Toronto criminal ... Read more

Anti-racism data will help improve justice system

Ontario’s new three-year anti-racism strategic plan — which includes the collection of race-based data — will help address long-standing flaws in the justice ... Read more

Toronto pastor's acquittal allows him to continue community work

The acquittal of a prominent Toronto pastor of sex offence charges dating back four decades will mean Rev. Brent Hawkes can continue helping people in his community, Toronto ... Read more

Province needs to rebalance police privacy, public right to know

When agents of the state end a human life, the public has a right to know why — however, the individual privacy interests of police officers being ... Read more

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