Benjamin Ries is a staff lawyer whose practice includes housing, employment, social assistance and human rights law. Before joining NLS, Ben had served as staff lawyer at community legal clinics in Hamilton, South Etobicoke and Kensington-Bellwoods; he has also worked as duty counsel at the Landlord and Tenant Board and review counsel at Downtown Legal Services. Ben is also presently co-counsel for a coalition of intervenors in the Right to Housing case before the Ontario Court of Appeal.
After receiving an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo in 2006, Ben completed his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2009 and went on to article with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing before being called to the bar in 2010. He then returned to the University of Toronto to complete a Master of Laws degree in 2011, devoting his thesis to an analysis of Ontario's housing policy. Ben's academic and professional focus on housing law has led him to lecture at Conestoga College, George Brown College and the University of Toronto, while also contributing to ongoing law reform campaigns at the municipal and provincial levels of government.