Candidate bio description
Since my call to the bar in 1981, I have practiced criminal law exclusively, both trials and appeals at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. My practice is now comprised of appeals and murder trials. I have been a sole practitioner, a partner in a small firm, and senior partner in one of the largest criminal law firms in Canada. These varied experiences have given me an understanding of the professional and administrative demands and pressures of the practice of law. I have served clients in a number of jurisdictions in Ontario; as a consequence, I have become familiar with the views, resources, challenges and needs of a significant number of practicing counsels, both within the Greater Toronto Area and elsewhere in the province.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
Given my broad experience and years at the bar I believe I can make a contribution to the legal community.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
First of all disciplinary procedures are a significant challenge because we have been too judgmental. Another challenge is the rapid technological change and the risk to the security of client files.
What would be your first priority upon election?
Engage in consultative, rehabilitative disciplinary procedure enhancement. There is a gap between the benchers and the membership and I would seek to strengthen the communication and interaction between benchers and the bar.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
Serving the legal community as a consultative and experienced professional, I want to hear the voices of the membership and work with other benchers to ensure challenges are addressed in a thoughtful, collaborative and timely fashion.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
The biggest challenge in the GTA (because of the large population size) is access to justice - both civil and criminal. The bar must be able to respond conscientiously and with the larger community in mind.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?