Candidate bio description
Ayoun Bin Haroon is a husband and a father. With his wife and founding partner, Sabeeya Akram, he has one daughter, Zareen Ayoun Khan. He is also an avid soccer and cricket player. Ayoun Haroon followed the footsteps of his grandfather and received his law degree from the United Kingdom and went to University of Toronto for political science. Ayoun founded a small boutique style firm in central Mississauga, Ayoun Law. His practice takes him to the Superior Court of Justice at both trial and appellate level. As a bilingual, he corresponds with his clients in three different languages, English, Urdu and Punjabi. A major component of his work has involved advocacy for Women’s Rights in the South Asian Community and child wellness in underprivileged nations. Most recently, Ayoun Law adopted a child in Syria where the child receives education, fresh food and new clothing. Ayoun’s more prominent work in the community is his pro bono services for abused women. His firm has devised a system where they try to work with the community to help women who are truly in need of legal advice. He also mediated numerous matters at no charge within the Mississauga community. Ayoun currently acts as community mediator and mentor providing legal support to adult and young students and minority women. (see WWW.AYOUNLAW.COM for more about Ayoun B. Haroon)
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
I am committed to accountability and equality. I push for the greater good in my daily actions and I decided it is time that someone from the younger generation take the stand and try to attain this position. I can bring new ideas to the forefront as I have first hand experience with the flaws within the system. I can be that member that has tried and tested the system just recently and because of this I will be the inside voice that has been needed for a long time. A lot remains to be done, I am campaigning for change, allowing the younger benchers from minority groups to take a seat.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
Much remains for the Law Society to work on but the biggest issue I feel we face is that there is lack of mentoring programs for younger lawyers who want to open their own law firm. Talk is cheap, and if we want to make a change we need to start from the bottom and then go up. We need to produce helpful procedures and social unions in this area so that younger lawyers feel that the system is working with them and not against them. I want to be that strong voice and the agent for change and transform the way we mentor our most vulnerable colleagues.
What would be your first priority upon election?
With the help of teamwork from the other Benchers, I believe we can take a stand for three topics that are dear to me, the increasing costs of lawyer fees, under-representation of women lawyers from minority groups and targeting the lack of voices for small law firms across the province. We still have to produce this product and I believe that I am the one to address such.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
Gosh so much to do, such little time! I want to push for transparency in the auditing operations of the Law Society. I want to create social union groups for younger lawyers and perhaps these meetings can account for CPD hours for the senior lawyers. I strongly support and will monitor the positive moment for women lawyers from minority groups to start up their own practice.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
The lack of representation of minority group lawyers. I feel that whilst minority groups may already lack a voice within the system, younger lawyers are totally in the shadows. If you are a minority woman lawyer who is young, then you totally stand isolated and alone. I want to be able to create a system, practices or procedures and a union that will make a change and empower the youth.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
YES! As lawyers we are one segment of the bigger legal picture, we represent the law and if we can start by developing strategies inhouse to help break the barriers faced by racialized licensees, then, yes I do agree with the requirement.