Nathan Gorham

Part-time Instructor

Law, Faculty of

Room 301F

1 506 453 4669

Research interests

  • miscarriages of justice in the bail system
  • wrongful convictions
  • ethics and professional conduct
  • prison reform


Born and raised in New Brunswick, Nathan attended Saint Francis Xavier University for his undergraduate studies. He subsequently studied law at Queen’s University, where he received various awards. These included the CIAU Academic All-Canadian for academic excellence while playing varsity football with the Queen’s Golden Gaels, and the Bayne Sellar Boxall Award for the highest overall standing in criminal law courses among his graduating class.

In 2004, Nathan was called to the Ontario bar and began working at Pinkofskys Criminal Trial and Appeal lawyers in Toronto. He became a partner with the firm in 2005, and, five years later, helped establish the firm under a new name, Rusonik, O’Connor, Robbins, Ross, Gorham & Angelini LLP. Nathan is a member of both the Ontario and New Brunswick Bars and has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and New Brunswick as well as the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Canada.

In 2015, Nathan obtained his Master of Laws from the University of Toronto, where continues to study as a Doctorate of Juridical Science candidate. His dissertation examines miscarriages of justice in the Canadian bail system.

Nathan is also the Head Coach of the UNB Saint John Seawolves football team.

Courses taught

  • LAW2313 Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • LAW4043 Prosecution & Defense of Homicide

Selected publications

“Discerning Myths from Probative Evidence: The Ethical Role of Defence Counsel in Sexual Assault Cases” (2017) 38:2 For the Defence, 6–13.

“Schmaltz: The Need for Caution when Limiting Relevant Defence Cross-Examination in Sexual Assault Cases” (2015) 17 Criminal Reports (7th) 312–318.

“Police Discretion, Racial Profiling and Articulable Cause” (2004) 49 Criminal Law Quarterly 50–68.

“Eight Plus Twenty-Four-Two Equals Zero-Point-Five” (2003) 6 Criminal Reports (6th) 257–271.

“The Effects of Shropshire on Parole Ineligibility for Second Degree Murder” (2002) 1 Criminal Reports (6th) 324–341.

“Regan: The Residual Category of Abuse of Process Continues to Shrink” (2002) 49 Criminal Reports (5th) 87–94.

Twitter doesn’t do the Ghomeshi trial justice. There is a better alternative.” (2 February 2016) The Globe and Mail online.

How to stop the police from lying” (5 May 2015) The Toronto Star online.

The Courts did not side with the criminals” (22 April 2015) The National Post online.