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20 Years and 20 Stories | Michael Doi


“I am always impressed with the commitment and energy of my OsgoodePD students. It’s incredibly difficult to juggle the many demands of family life, work, and co-curricular education. All of this requires incredible effort, a positive outlook, and a sense of adventure.”

My journey began at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario where I trained with the military and completed an undergraduate degree in history and political science. I wanted to combine my interest in the military with law and pursued a joint Canadian and US law degree at the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit, which included international law studies in London, England. After articling with a large firm in Toronto, I earned a masters degree in law at the University of London (London School of Economics) and finished additional graduate law studies with Duke University’s program in Brussels, Belgium. I returned to Canada, got married, and joined the Office of the Judge Advocate General (“JAG”) in Ottawa where I had an interesting opportunity to practice military law. My wife and I later moved back to Toronto to start our family, and I practiced for a number of years with a downtown firm. I then joined the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario where I had the opportunity to practice litigation at all levels of court, and later build a legal management practice. I enjoy the challenge of practising law by working on critical public law and policy issues. I try to stay involved with the community and enjoy volunteering with the Momiji Health Care Society and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. I appreciate being able to work with many bright colleagues and friends in government, in the legal profession, and in the not-for-profit world.

Over the years, there have been many factors that motivated me as I made career choices: my family, my interests, and the community. I’ve been fortunate to have had a number of enriching personal and professional opportunities, and I’m grateful to many incredible people who actively supported me over my career.