Candidate bio description
I was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986 and have served as a bencher since 2011. For the last three years I have been the chair of the Professional Development & Competence Committee. As chair I led the Committee’s review of the Law Society’s licensing process, which led to changes in licensing recently approved by Convocation. I have also chaired or co-chaired the Audit & Finance Committee, the Compensation Fund Committee and the Mentoring Task Force. I have frequently served on Law Society Tribunal hearing panels and on the appeal panel. My practice is focused on commercial litigation, securities litigation, professional liability, and administrative law.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
We need to continue to modernize the Law Society. A new name and logo is not enough; the Law Society needs to continue to ensure that it maintains relevance both for lawyers and the public. I care deeply about this profession. The Law Society is in the midst of many changes which will shape the profession for years to come. Having acted in a leadership role over the past four years, I believe I have the background and experience to continue to guide the Law Society forward.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
The biggest challenge facing the legal profession is the profession’s ability to renew itself. We need to find new and different ways to support freshly called lawyers in order to ensure that everybody, regardless of where they live in Ontario, can access competent legal assistance.
What would be your first priority upon election?
I will continue to support ongoing governance changes to make Convocation more effective and to make the work benchers do more relevant and transparent to the profession.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
Assisting newly called lawyers and law students, modernizing our processes, ensuring that our discipline process ensures protection of the public, and continuing to promote diversity in the profession.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
The number of new entrants into our licensing process continues to create uncertainty about the future for new lawyers.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
Yes. Systemic discrimination is an important issue both for the profession itself and for public perception. The statement of principles is an important reminder of our professional obligations to promote diversity.