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Cathy Corsetti

Central West Electoral Region (CW)
Cathy Corsetti

Candidate bio description

• Graduated Humber College in 1977 and have been practicing as a Paralegal for 41 years
• Awarded an Honorary Degree from Humber College Business School in 2015
• Elected in 2010 & re-elected in 2014 as a Bencher
• Committed mentor, speaker, student placement provider, CPD instructor
• Trained Law Society Adjudicator
• Member of Coach &Advisor Network & The Ontario Paralegal Association
• President & Co-founder of Corsetti Paralegal employing 5 paralegals

What inspired you to run for bencher this year?

I have a clear understanding of what the role as a Bencher requires, and what it takes to expand and promote the Paralegal Profession. It was my privilege to be elected in 2010, again in 2014 and hope to continue in this role for my final term in 2019. Excited to continue to develop the scope and education for the Family Law Legal Service License.

What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?

Figuring out how to improve Access to Justice for all Ontarians, which should include Pro-Bono law, expansion of Legal Aid and the use of limited scope retainer agreements.

What would be your first priority upon election?

I plan to continue to represent paralegals with my passionate and respected voice. I have built relationships with my fellow Benchers, stakeholders and Law Society staff and am excited to continue the work that I have started. As the new Family Law Legal Service License is being developed, I have been able to have a strong, reasoned paralegal voice on the Access to Justice Committee and the Family Law working group at the Law Society. My role as Vice Chair on both committees has allowed me to advocate the importance of Paralegals as this new License is being developed.

What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?

When re-elected, the following issues will continue to be my priorities:
• Paralegal education that will enhance expansion of the current Paralegal scope of practice, including appeals in Small Claims and for Landlord and Tenant Board matters
• Complete the requirements and education for the New Family Law Legal Service License
• Investigate expanding scope within P1’s immigration work
• Continue to advocate on Bill C75 with regards to Paralegal Scope in summary convictions
• Expand student placement hours and permit court attendances by students
• Amendments to legislation to include paralegals
• Examine technology use in providing legal services
• Maintain efficient regulation, to ensure stable annual fees
• Continue to build on relationships with paralegals & stakeholders across Ontario

What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?

• Paralegal education that will enhance expansion of the current Paralegal scope of practice, in appeals in Small Claims and Landlord and Tenant Board matters -Investigate expanding scope within P1’s immigration work
• Continue to advocate on Bill C75 with regards to Paralegal Scope in summary convictions
• Expand student placement hours and permit court attendances by students
• Complete the requirements and education for the new Family Law Legal Service License

Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?

I believe that the statement of Principles is appropriate. It is a personal decision how and what you state in your Statement of Principles, and I believe it helps us all consider and embrace diversity & inclusion.

Poll Question


What do you see as the top issue that prospective benchers need to address if they are elected?