Candidate bio description
Now, more than ever the public image and perceived-value of the Paralegal scope of practice is enjoying an accelerated acceptance in Ontario; As such, the ability to absorb new legal-fields into our permitted scope of practice will require advanced academic competency to satisfy stakeholder, regulator and public scrutiny. The paralegal profession is not only the talk of the legal community right now; but, it is also enjoying considerable conversation in business-houses and family homes all across the Canadian map. Any vote against expansion serves only to delay expansion, not end it. My name is Sean L. O’Connor and I am your candidate for Law Society Bencher. I was born in Scarborough General Hospital in 1963 I attended Maryvale Public School in Toronto, McDougall Public School in Parry Sound, and North Hastings High School in Bancroft. I was nominated and elected Student Council President in my final year, and graduated in 1981. I started boxing in grade 9 and competed all over Ontario. I hold college diplomas in Mechanical Engineering Technology (GBC 1983), Business Administration (GBC 1996) and a post graduate diploma in Advertising (GBC 1998.) As part of the advanced curriculum I competed in the Ontario College Marketing Championship (OCMC) and received the Gold Medal for Advertising. I am the Director at ParalegalServices.legal Professional Corporation and TicketSave Legal Services Professional Corporation. In 1996 I founded Baskets for Babies; (www.basketsforbabies.com) the only private fundraiser for infant formula in North America. I am also a Director at the Ontario Paralegal Association (OPA) I hold a Windsurfers Instructors certification at Peterborough Ontario, a Bantam Hockey Referees certificate at Grande Ravine Hockey Association at Toronto, and a Level 2 stage 2 Blue-Sail certification at Parry Sound. I also hold a level 1 Boxing Ontario Judicial-Official certification at Toronto. As a Bencher: I verily pledge to work along-side my fellow Benchers diplomatically and consistently to raise the conversation regarding access to justice; and from a Benchers chair I will continue to polish the trustworthy image of the paralegal profession. I believe in volunteerism, accountability, responsibility and profitability; I will work to further the conversation to increase each of these pillars in the public interest. On Election Day, vote for diplomacy and advocacy for the public-interest; VOTE.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
To promote and protect the public interest in access to justice.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
The availability of legal resources to the public and the ability to provide them in a sustainable fashion.
What would be your first priority upon election?
To first seamlessly merge with my fellow Benchers in their ongoing efforts and be a positive influence on developing programs in the public interest going forward.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
Greater public awareness of opportunities and options for access to justice.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
Access to justice in many areas of law.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
While I whole-heartedly support and promote inclusivity and civility, I do NOT support the LSO's requirement.