Candidate bio description
Securities lawyer with my own firm, BAX Securities Law Present - Secretary Treasurer of the CBA’s Small and Solo General Practice Section, OBA’s Securities Committee; OSC Securities Advisory Committee; sole sponsor of the Toronto Business Lawyers Association – www.torontobusinesslawyersassociation.org Past - OSC’s Small & Medium Enterprises Committee; Board of PDAC; Environmental Finance Advisory Committee, University of Toronto; Vice Chair Responsible Investment Committee University of Toronto; Chair of the CBA Business Law Section; Trustee of the OBA Foundation; member of OBA Council; President Women’s Law Association of Ontario; Chair Joint Committee on Gender Equality; President Association of Law Officers of the Crown.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
As a profession, we face numerous challenges, some historical, but many having emerged more recently. Our Law Society’s role in meeting these challenges is to govern in a way that both meets its public interest mandate and ensures that we have a viable profession going forward.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
The LSO needs to develop a wider range of programs and practice aids for sole practitioners and smaller firms. This need has been magnified recently by the inability of law school graduates to find articling positions, and newly called lawyers to find positions with experienced practitioners.
What would be your first priority upon election?
The Law Society needs to deal with systemic and individual discrimination in our profession. The ability of the Law Society to regulate law firms as well as lawyers, will have an important impact on issues faced by female and racialized lawyers as well as the LGBTQ community. Regulation of law firms will provide the Law Society with an important tool in this area.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
Bring the small firm perspective to Convocation.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
The number of law students without articling positions and young lawyers who do not have opportunities for proper training.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?