Lawrence David recently earned a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) at Harvard Law School, where his studies focused on Comparative Public and Constitutional Law and National Security. Supervised by Professor Mark V. Tushnet, Lawrence's LL.M. thesis is entitled "Stare Decisis and the Charter at the Supreme Court of Canada: A Metadoctrinal Analysis".
Lawrence currently serves as Legal Counsel at Public Safety Canada - Legal Services, the team of Department of Justice lawyers responsible for advising the Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. He is also Part-Time Law Professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, teaching a full-year course entitled Criminal Law and Procedure to First-Year law students.
Previously, Lawrence served as Policy Advisor at Canada's Privy Council Office, supporting the Prime Minister, the Minister of Democratic Institutions, and Cabinet. In 2015-16, he served as Law Clerk to Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Lawrence's political and public service career also includes positions at the Parliament of Canada (House of Commons and Senate), the Attorney General of Canada, and the Quebec Court of Appeal. He has advised legislators, Cabinet Ministers, and Judges; devised legal strategies in successful litigation at several levels of court; and helped design statutes and judgments of significant national importance.
Lawrence is the recipient of several awards for academic excellence in law and political science. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed academic publications, and has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada. Lawrence completed his undergraduate education at McGill University (B.C.L./LL.B, joint degrees in Common Law and Civil Law) and Concordia University (B.A. with Great Distinction, Political Science).