Candidate bio description
I am a proud husband, father, and Western graduate, but I am proudest of having served our country as a Canadian Army Reservist. I was called in 2010 and previously came from a career in investment banking. I live in Toronto with my wife Evgeniya, and our three children, Daniel, Elizabeth, and Alexandra. I have my own law firm, Geoff Pollock & Associates, where our team practices real estate, corporate law, wills & estates, and litigation. Outside of work, I am an avid community volunteer and am passionate about public service. I have served on many boards, run in a federal election, and was a founding member of Haven Toronto’s The Fortunate 500, a charity focused on homeless senior men. I welcome all members to contact me if they have questions about my campaign or want to discuss issues facing our profession. You can reach me at 416 777 0088 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
I am running because our society needs to focus more on empowering our members and less on its own perception and branding. We need to do more to ensure that the public receives top-quality service from new and existing lawyers. We need to spend less time and money on billboards and transit ads which do nothing to serve members or protect the public. I truly believe that we need to let the outstanding work of our members speak for itself.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
Access to justice is the most pressing concern facing the profession today. Our society must do more to ensure that those who cannot afford a lawyer can still access high-quality legal advice for a variety of matters. I’ve talked to many lawyers who are sick of the endless talk with no action. That is why, if elected, I want to work with my fellow benchers to commit real resources to tackle this issue head-on.
What would be your first priority upon election?
Pro bono work is a huge component of who I am and my practice as a lawyer. I am a big believer in improving access to justice. We need to put our money where our mouths are on this issue—which is why I support levying a small transaction fee on all civil litigation files to be paid to the ProBono Ontario to fund pro bono initiatives. This will add stability and predictability to funding these very worthy causes around the province.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
My goal is to build a law society that is grounded in the real-world concerns and realities of its members. This kind of cultural change does not happen overnight, but my commitment to members is that I will work hard every day to make that kind of change possible.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
As mentioned access to justice is the most pressing issue, but it is not unique to Toronto, but rather throughout the entire province. We need to improve the support for Pro Bono Ontario. If elected, I will advocate for crediting CPD hours to members who volunteer their time with Pro Bono Ontario.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
I do not support the implementation of a statement of principles (SOP). The SOP is direct reflection of the mandate creep of our law society, which needs to focus more on protecting the public and providing value to members and less on political navel-gazing. If elected, I will work with my fellow benchers to repeal this needless and divisive burden on the profession.