Addison Cameron-Huff

Lawyer Candidate – Toronto Region

Priorities

#1 priority: ensuring that the LSO is prepared for technological change. I have worked for many years in the software industry as a lawyer and programmer, and intend to provide a tech-informed viewpoint on LSO issues.

#2 priority: improving communication between the LSO and licensees.

#3 priority: improving consultation processes to include a wide variety of viewpoints.

#4 priority: ensuring that sole practitioners are well-represented.

#5 priority: carefully studying LSO staff reports and initiatives.

Background

I started my own law practice in 2013 and quickly became one of the most sought after lawyers in the nascent blockchain industry. I have worked for many founders and software developers. Before starting my law practice I started several Internet businesses and worked as a programmer. In 2017-2018 I was the President of one of Canada’s leading blockchain companies, Decentral. Decentral is owned by one of the founders of Ethereum, Anthony Di Iorio. In 2019, on the 10th anniversary of the Bitcoin blockchain, I started a new law practice devoted to the needs of the cryptocurrency/blockchain industry.

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https://www.cameronhuff.com/bencher/

email

addison@cameronhuff.com

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Every decision the LSO makes and every policy it issues ought to support access to justice.

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I support reviewing the governance model of the LSO.
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The costs associated with legal education are very high, and excludes many people who would make great lawyers, but this is a matter for universities, not the LSO.
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I don’t think this is the most pressing issue facing our profession. Focusing on the SOP is a distraction from the real issues facing lawyers, paralegals, and the public.

Artificial Intelligence in Legal Service Delivery

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Machine learning is already used in some products (e.g. Kira Systems) used by major law firms and companies. I see no danger in the use of “AI” so long as it is supervised by licensees and the provision of legal services meets all of the standards expected of licensees.
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Licensing must be contingent on candidates meeting the expectations of the profession. If there are alternative ways of ensuring that candidates meet expectations then they should be explored.
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Lawyers ought to be permitted to use unbundling to better serve their clients, in ways that are appropriate for them and their clients.

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Regulating at the entity level makes sense.
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“Technology” is no longer an industry, or a silo within a company. Technology pervades our lives. Making use of software is an essential part of efficient delivery of legal services.

Reconciliation and Indigenous Communities

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First Nations people face incredible challenges in some communities and there is a complicated legacy of historical injustice that burdens many Ontarians today. To the extent that it’s possible for the LSO to assist with overcoming challenges faced by First Nations peoples, while remaining within its mandate, I will strongly support these efforts.

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Any structure that can enable lawyers to do a better job of serving their clients ought to be explored, but I would only support a major reform of permitted structures with extensive public consultation and/or a referendum.
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Advertising rules ought to be better defined for the profession and lawyers must know that the rules will be enforced in a consistent, even-handed manner.

Specific Enhancements to Licensing System

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No. It ought to regulate CPD but not provide it directly.
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The LSO can provide guides on how licensees can comply with their obligations. The practical delivery of high quality legal services should be an important focus of the LSO’s support for licensees.
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Mental health is an issue that’s starting to emerge on the agenda but has been with us since the invention of lawyers. It’s been ignored for too long.

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Diversity and Inclusivity Priorities

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The legal profession ought to be a leader in progressive practices. There is no excuse for any practice, policy, viewpoint, etc. that pushes people away from our honourable profession.

Scope of practice for paralegals and non-licensees

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FOLA asks: Thoughts on Funding Staffed Local Law Libraries

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The LSO should investigate digital resources that can be shared with all licensees so that everyone in Ontario, no matter where they live, has the supports necessary to provide high quality legal services to their clients.

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