Shakir Rahim

Criminal Defence Lawyer

Shakir Rahim is a criminal defence lawyer and LGBTQ2+ advocate in Toronto. Prior to joining the criminal defence bar, he articled with the Crown Law Office – Criminal. Shakir is also former Board Vice-Chair of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP), the community organization which led the campaign for the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations commissioned by the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) in the aftermath of the McArthur case. He co-led ASAAP’s campaign for the Review, including conducting negotiations with the Mayor of Toronto, the Chair of the TPSB, and coordinating community consultation. Shakir was appointed by the TPSB to the Working Group that recommended the Review’s form, terms of reference, and Chair.

His other involvement in the LGBTQ2+ and legal communities include serving as: Board Co-Chair of Pride Toronto (2020 onward), a Vice-Chair of Demand Inclusion, board member of the AIDS Committee of Toronto, and member of the CBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Section executive. Shakir holds a BA in political science from the University of Toronto and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School.