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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Marvin Zuker

Marvin Zuker
Associate Professor

phone: (416) 978-1181

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

It is the obvious intersection of Educational Law, Criminal and Family Law, and my position as a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice from 1978 until December 2016 that, I believe, has uniquely informed my teaching, research and scholarship at OISE since 1981. Part of my distinctive contribution to OISE is the practical application of these perspectives to the many issues facing educators today.

I continue to write and consult in these areas, not only in the context of Journals, as a member of Editorial Board, but also my authorship and co-authorship of textbooks relating in particular to the field of education law.

Research has demonstrated that implicit biases influence our perceptions, decisions, actions and behaviors in all realms of social interaction, even though we are not aware of them.

"The law,in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread."
-Anatole France.

As a preventive measure, an ounce of education can be worth a pound of litigation. As is true in many professions, and many less legally intensive than education, educators must understand the legal context in which they operate. Every day, principals and teachers inevitably must make numerous quick judgement calls of potential legal import, often without benefit of legal counsel.

There are both economic and educational costs of legal illiteracy. In addition to the financial costs of school litigation, there is the enormous time spent by teachers and administration attempting to avoid or prepare for ultimate litigation.

There are so many more lawsuits every year that name principals, teachers - everyone involved. Can I be sued? is always yes. Educators tend to be held to a higher stnard in their communities, something to remember.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

M.Ed. University of Toronto, 1973
LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1966
BA, University of Toronto, 1963

Representative Publications

Books authored

Children's Law Handbook, Zuker, Flynn, Hammond, Thomson/Carswell, December 2005.

Children's Law Handbook, Zuker, Flynn, Hammond, Thomson/Carswell, (2d. ed.), 2009.

Children's Law Handbook, Zuker and Kirwin, Thomson Reuters (Carswell), 3rd edition, 2015

Children's Law handbook, Zuker, Jones, MacKinnon, Thomson Reuters, 4th edition, 2019

Consolidated Ontario Small Claims Court Statues, Regulations and Rules (Carswell), 2016-2017

Ontario Small Claims Court Practice, Zuker and Winny (40th Anniversary Edition) 2021 (Thomson Reuters), due August 2020.

Education Law (5th edition), Carswell, 2019, Brown, Zuker, Simmons, Keel

Inspiring the Future: The New Teacher's Guide to the Law, Scarfo and Zuker, Thomson Reuters, 2d ed., 2017

Inspiring the Future: The New Teacher's Guide to the Law, Scarfo and Zuker, (Thomson Reuters), 3rd ed., 2020

Children Education and the Law, the Canadian Encyclopedia, Historica Foundation of Canada, 2012

An Educator's Guide to Teachers and the Ontario College of Teachers, Zuker, Redmond @ Gannon, Canada Law Book, 2013

The Law is (NOT) for Kids, Lecic and Zuker, Athabaska Press, 2019


See CV for further publications.

Books edited

Consulting Editor, Sexual Misonduct in Education: Prevention, Reporting and Discipline, LexisNexis Butterworths, with Grant Bowers and Rena Knox. (2d. ed.), June 2006.

Honours and Awards

See CV.

Professional Activities

2011-2012 - Member, Advisory Committee (Ottawa), KNAER Project, Knowledge Mobilization on decision-making for school improvement: A peer-to-peer network for school principals. Project Lead: Dr. Stephanie Chitpin, University of Ottawa
2010 to date - Chair, Appeals Committee, LHAE
2007-2010 - Panel Chair, Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) Board
2007-date - Lecturer, Dewey Institute of Technology, explaining Canadian court system and laws to judicial delegations from People's Republic of China
2004-date - Member, Editorial Board International Journal of Law and Education (Note change of name in 2009 from ANZJLE to IJLE)
2004 to date - member of the Editorial Board, Educational and Law Journal (Carswell)

Other Information

see CV.