Candidate bio description
Called to the Bar 1993 Civil litigator experienced at all levels of court and tribunals in Ontario Has been primarily a sole practitioner, member of small firm, or principal of a firm Outspoken advocate for lawyers with mental health and addiction issues Peer volunteer with Members Assistance Program Regularly defends lawyers in LSO discipline matters Devotes 10-15% of his annual billable hours to pro-bono Board member- York Region Law Association Board member- Osgoode Alumni Assoc. Advocacy Committee member- TLA Author of 2 personal injury texts Adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School Regular CPD speaker on advocacy and professional responsibly.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
The lack of attention paid to small firm lawyers and sole practitioners. The problems faced by racialized licences, women lawyers, and those suffering from mental health issues- specifically,the lack of understanding and care given to them by LSO.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
The need to bring the profession into the 21st century. I mean this is in two ways: 1. To use all of the benefits of technology to modernize the profession and the court system to decrease the time and cost of running an office, increase access to justice, and finally try to clear the court backlog. 2. To bring the attitudes and values of the profession to a point where women lawyers, realized licensees and members with mental health issues will be able to have the same opportunities and are the same choices and there White, male healthy counterparts.
What would be your first priority upon election?
To sit on the Discipline Committee, which would allow me to adjudicate at the Tribunal, so those members facing discipline as a result of mental health issues, substance abuse issues, or the pressures of being a solo practitioner, would have some on the panel who truly understands them because he has been in their position.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
To sit on the right committees so that I can advance the agenda laid out in my 5 Point Platform (darrylsingerforbencher.ca).
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
Access to Justice
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?