Benjamin Ries

Ben is a young litigator practicing poverty law in Ontario, Canada. Research and practice interests include housing policy, social assistance, human rights, Aboriginal law, administrative law, property theory, and the economic analysis of law.

After graduating an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from the University of Waterloo in 2006, Ben attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where he assumed leadership roles in the student public interest law organization, as well as the school's affiliated legal aid clinic. Ben received the degree of Juris Doctor in 2009 and began his articles of clerkship with the Ontario Government, working in-house with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Ben was called to the Ontario bar in 2010, immediately returning to practice in the legal aid clinic system while also completing a full-time, thesis-based Master of Laws degree at the University of Toronto in 2011. He has practiced law with several community legal clinics as well as the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario.

Ben is also an avid musician, photographer and information technology enthusiast.