It is with great sadness that we share news that Professor Reuben Hasson passed away on March 15th, 2016. He was greatly respected and loved by the thousands of law students who attended his classes and he instilled a strong sense of social justice in every one. He was a lifelong supporter of community legal clinics as a founding board member of IAVGO and he served on their board for over 25 years. He was a strong supporter of the injured worker community and a regular participant in Injured Workers’ Day every year at Queen’s Park. His presence will be missed but his contribution to social justice will stand forever.
Professor Emeritus at Osgood Hall Law School, he was remembered today in the following tribute by York University:
The Osgoode Hall Law School community is deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Emeritus Reuben Hasson on Tuesday, March 15.
Prof. Hasson was born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa, England and the United States. After teaching stints at the University of London and Queen Mary College, London, he joined the faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1975 where he remained until his retirement in 2001.
Prof. Hasson was dedicated to the advancement of social justice as a teacher, scholar and citizen. He was a much loved instructor whose teaching in the areas of commercial and consumer law insurance and personal income security was infused with his passionate concern for poor and vulnerable members of society.
In his scholarship, he brought to light injustice tolerated and perpetuated by the legal system. He was actively involved with community groups advocating for justice on behalf of poor and oppressed groups in Canada and internationally.
A bursary in his name, the Reuben Hasson Award, was established in 2004 and is awarded annually to a student who has made a significant contribution to the pursuit of social justice.
The funeral for Prof. Hasson will be held Thursday, March 17 at 11:30am at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Ave W. [details]