Charles Ewert obtained his BA from Carleton University. He then studied law and earned his LLB from Queen’s University in Kingston. Upon being called to the bar, he was invited to serve for a year as a clerk to the justices of the then High Court, the trial division of the Supreme Court of Ontario. He practised law in both St. Thomas and Newcastle, Ontario, before gaining a position as a professor in the legal administration program at Durham College in Oshawa. There, he taught courses in tort law, criminal law, contracts, and civil procedure, as well as general introductory courses to the law.
Having appeared in major court cases at trial and on appeal, he had a lasting concern about the costs, in monetary and human terms, of the adversarial processes underlying litigation. He entered the LLM program in mediation at York University and, upon graduation, was able to create and deliver courses in mediation at Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), also in Oshawa. Those courses served as inspiration for his involvement in the writing of this text.