I am proud to be a lawyer. Every day, members of the legal profession play a vital role in promoting the rule of law, ensuring we have a functioning democracy, and upholding the values of our society. However, public confidence in us will be undermined unless we improve access to justice.
Access to justice means affordable legal services, a robust legal aid system, and a professional culture that values and supports pro bono work. Access to justice means addressing the barriers to public interest careers caused by the high cost of legal education. It also means ensuring that the profession’s growing diversity benefits the clients and communities that we serve. A diverse, inclusive profession that addresses barriers faced by equity-seeking groups, including racialized, Indigenous, LGBTQ2S, differently abled, and women lawyers, is a stronger profession that is best able to serve our clients and communities.
Since my call to the Bar (1991), I have demonstrated my commitment to marginalized and vulnerable groups by serving the Human Rights Legal Support Centre as Vice Chair, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic as President, and The Law Foundation of Ontario Class Proceedings Committee as Counsel. I have also seen equity and access issues from the perspective of a private practitioner and an adjudicator.
As a Bencher, I have worked to improve LSO transparency, accountability, and governance so that it can better address important issues. I have also worked to address equity issues as a member of the Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee.
I believe in hard work, thoughtful solutions, accountability, and transparent communication with the entire community.
If re-elected, I will continue working on your behalf to strengthen the profession and the public interest which it serves.
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