Candidate bio description
Ryan Peck graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 2000, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002. Since 2007, he has been executive director of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), where he was an articling student and staff lawyer. Ryan worked at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and acted as tenant and criminal duty counsel. He was a member of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General Poverty Law Advisory Committee (2009), and sits on the Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) Clinic Law Advisory Committee and Group Applications and Test Case Committee. Ryan was awarded the LAO Sidney B. Linden Award (2016) and Ontario AIDS Network Social Justice in HIV/AIDS Award (2017).
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
It is essential that there are benchers who have experience with the provision of legal services for low-income and equity-seeking persons, and with making access to justice a reality. With almost 20 years in legal aid settings, including 12 as executive director of HALCO, I am eager to apply my experience to the role of bencher to support legal services for Ontarians of all means as well as lawyers who provide such services.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
The affordability of legal services, and consequent lack of access to justice concerns for many people in Ontario.
What would be your first priority upon election?
Increased legal aid funding.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
In addition to increased legal aid funding, reduced training costs and LSO fees for lawyers engaging in legal aid work or who work in small firms, and funding for articling students for lawyers who provide legal aid services.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
Lack of affordability of legal services.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
100%. I am in complete support of SOP as well as LSO's Inclusion, Diversity, Equality initiative in general.
I further oppose any effort to re-open debate on SOP