Candidate bio description
Member of the LSO since 2014. Owner/operator of a successful and expanding practice after working for an accomplished Hamilton civil litigation lawyer. Graduated with distinction from Paralegal education. Areas of passion include employment law & human rights matters however, I have experience assisting the public and many Paralegal colleagues in a variety of jurisdictions. Strong believer in mentorship, experienced coach/mentor for Coach & Advisory Network for Lawyers & Paralegals since its inception. Developer & instructor of LSO accredited professionalism CPD & active participant in the Hamilton/Niagara Paralegal Network. Sincere & competent advocate for Paralegal rights & reasonable access to justice for the public.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
The issues pertaining to Paralegal's, specifically the limits on our professional scope and the corresponding burdens which those limitations place on both public interest for reasonable access to justice and the justice systems administration. I aspire to bring my knowledge, energy and practical experience to the LSO and give a competent and confidant voice to raise attention and address those issues.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
Limitations on our professional scope Enhancement of paralegal professional training and education to ensure greater competency Paralegal-Client Privilege
What would be your first priority upon election?
Defining Paralegal-Client Privilege and securing that right for professional and public interest/protection.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
Raise awareness to several issues pertaining to the Paralegal profession and implement change to address and create amicable resolutions. I would also like to secure expansion of our scope in to administration appeals and small claims court appeals while drawing public attention to our existing scope. Specifically, how the public may benefit from the legal services which we are currently able to provide.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
As a paralegal practicing in a non-metropolitan region of Ontario, I feel we experience increased difficulties in accessing various Boards & Tribunals and CPD's.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
I appreciate and agree with the moral and behavioral ideology intended by the statement of principals however I believe that there is a need for further discussion regarding the LSO's ability to mandate such.