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M. Virginia MacLean

Central West Electoral Region (CW)
M. Virginia MacLean

Candidate bio description

Sole practitioner, Municipal Law Certified Specialist (2006), prior practice: boutique law firm, large law firm (Toronto), public sector municipal ,public sector provincial (Toronto) articled and commenced practice with small firm in rural Ontario . Past president Ontario Bar Association, Women’s Law Association of Ontario Director Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History OBA award for Volunteerism , Law Society Medal (2010). Queens Counsel 1982 Bencher Law Society 2012-2019.

What inspired you to run for bencher this year?

Running for reelection to insure that experience will help the Society to stay within and fulfill its mandate in a economic and efficient manner .

What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?

There are many both public perception and the perception of lawyers.Diversity looms large and so does qualifications for admission for lawyers. The biggest issue is the failure by the profession to fully understand the statutory mandate of the Law Society

What would be your first priority upon election?

I am seeking reelection and there are many priorities for the Convocation to consider after the election .

What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?

Keep the Law Society's large governing body focused on its mandate so it is better understood and respected by lawyers and the public.

What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?

Many of the concerns are market related and cannot be addressed by the regulator . Diversity can be addresses as can more affordable regulation .

Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?

It was passed and I must abide by it until the majority of Convocation deems otherwise. 

Poll Question


The Law Society of Ontario is in the midst of a major overhaul of the role of paralegals in family law — and a proposal on the issue could become an imminent issue for the regulator’s newly elected benchers. Do you agree with widening the scope of family law matters that paralegals can address?