I first ran in the Bencher election because I was concerned about the profession, and in particular, felt that governance had been in the hands of people who, as a group, did not fully represent the wide breadth and diversity of the profession.
When I see the exciting new candidates who have stepped up this year, I am no longer worried — I know that the profession will be in good hands in the future.
I am seeking re-election because I want to finish what we started:
I want to continue the governance reforms that have attracted and facilitated the election of a more diverse group of Benchers. In particular, I’d like to see specific positions for newer calls among Benchers. They are closer to and more affected by issues like exorbitant tuition fees, licensing, the impacts of technology and artificial intelligence and issues surrounding starting one’s own practice. I don’t have all the answers, but I want to pave the way for a new generation of lawyers who I know will help.
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
I want to work towards completing the implementation of the Challenges Report and address issues faced by other equity-seeking groups. A profession which addresses issues faced by racialized, Indigenous, differently-abled, LGBTQ2S, women lawyers, and other equity-seeking groups is a stronger profession, best able to serve the public and our communities.
- Soles and Smalls
Ninety per cent of lawyers practice as sole-practitioners or in a small firm setting and they provide the bulk of private legal services to lower and middle income Ontarians. The LSO must find ways to better serve Soles and Smalls.
- Access to Justice
There is a crisis and the LSO must find ways to further improve access to justice. Please visit my Issues webpage for my ideas.
- Articling and Licensing
Although the LSO voted to keep the current system with enhancements, ultimately the LSO needs to find a way to provide one system of licensing for all lawyers.
I have had a broad experience in the legal profession, which includes working at two large Bay Street firms, working as in-house counsel at York University, as a Crown attorney, and now as a sole practitioner. I have also served in the non-profit sector as Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and as President of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. I understand the legal profession in all its diversity, which makes me a unique candidate for re-election.
As a Bencher, and member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Governance Task Force, I have worked hard to improve LSO transparency, accountability, and governance to better address important issues. As a member and former Vice-Chair of the Equity and Indigenous Issues Committee and the Access to Justice Committee, I have also worked to address equity issues and access to justice.
I believe in hard work, thoughtful solutions, accountability, and transparent communication with the entire community.
I hope I can count on your support.
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