Candidate bio description
Julia is General Counsel & Secretary of Ryerson University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Osgoode Hall Law School, and University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in the LLM program. Julia is an Instructor of the Ryerson Law Practice Program. Julia is active in the legal community. She is on the executive of the Women Lawyers Forum-Ontario Bar Association and chair of Lawyers for Possibility-Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She also serves on the United Way Law Cabinet and the Editorial Board of Practical Law-Commercial Law. Julia is a former chair of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. Julia has co-founded many legal organizations including the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Women General Counsel Canada, General Counsel Chapter WLAO, Roundtable of Diversity Associations.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
I realized that there were no Benchers who were corporate counsel and the in-house bar was not represented. Also, less than 50% of the elected Benchers were women. Further, I want to support equity, diversity and inclusion and access to justice.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
The biggest issues are: maintaining and sustaining access to justice - increasing equity diversity and inclusion - responding to technological change so that the legal profession thrives.
What would be your first priority upon election?
My priorities will be: bringing the corporate counsel and broader public sector perspective to issues - ensuring access to justice is sustainable — uniting the profession on issues of importance including equity, diversity and inclusion — ensuring that there is sufficient support for the development of skills required for lawyers at all stages to succeed.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
As a member of Convocation, I hope to achieve the protection of the privileged role of in-house counsel, greater consideration of in-house counsel, a sustainable access to justice platform, increased diversity, and technological change that helps the profession.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
Statement of Principles, Access to Justice.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?