Candidate bio description
University of Windsor LLB 1992, Public Admin Hons; Alumni Board of Directors for University of Windsor, Clark Award for outstanding service to Alumni, Whiteside Award for Contribution to Faculty of Law, Former Adjunct Prof Western Law; Practice Employment Labour Law, Numerous reported cases at all Levels of Court.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
Was urged by colleagues to run and represent lawyers in a pragmatic way ensuring that the LSO remains true to its primary goals of regulating the practice of law in Ontario.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
Over regulation is the biggest issue. We need to strike a balance on the regulation of the members which includes discipline for substantial infractions but many complaints are frivolous and can be dealt with summarily without investigation. We also must be careful not exploit students and ensure that there are meaningful paths to licensing.
What would be your first priority upon election?
Careful review of budget to ensure that we hold the line on fees which are high vis a vis other jurisdictions.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
Good governance open and accessible to colleagues to ensure their view points are heard at Convocation
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
All concerns are pressing however, my focus initially would be on financial accountability.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
I don't believe it needs to be mandatory. My own background is very diverse with my family being from Trinidad and my ethnic ancestry being Syrian and Lebanese. I do not believe that requiring someone to check a box on a report will have any impact on diversity in the profession and treatment of colleagues in your workplace.