Cathy Corsetti

Paralegal Candidate – Ontario

Priorities

I plan to represent the paralegal profession with my strong and respected voice.
To continue to develop Paralegal Education and expand our current scope. In my role as Vice Chair of the Access to Justice Committee and the Family Law Working Group, I will continue developing the Family Law License along with the Education program to allow Paralegals to practice in this area.
Maintain efficient regulation to ensure stable annual fees.
Continue to build relationships with all paralegals across Ontario and promote our profession.

 

Background

I graduated Humber College Law Clerk program in 1977. President & Co-founder of Corsetti Paralegal, where we practice in the Landlord and Tenant Board. In 2015 I was awarded an Honorary Degree from Humber College Business School.
Elected in 2010 to the PSC, was elected Chair of Committee for 5 years, re-elected in 2014 as a Bencher.
Committed mentor, speaker, student placement provider and CPD instructor. Very passionate about my profession and bring that passion to the Law Society in my role as a Bencher.
During my terms and under my leadership I was instrumental in having paralegals included in the following:
-Law Society Referral Service, Members Assistant Program and Coach Advisor Network
-Creating the William J Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award
-New Licensee Welcome Reception as Osgoode Hall
-Amending legislation so all 5 elected paralegals are Benchers and also paralegals becoming Commissioners of Oath & Officers of the Court

 

Candidates I support

 

Something the LSO does that it should stop doing

 

Something the LSO doesn't do that it should start doing

The Law Society should reach out to other Lawyers and Paralegals who are not Benchers when an expert is needed in a certain area of Law, and invite them to committee meetings or working groups.

 

website

www.re-electcathy.ca

 

email

cathy@corsetti.ca

 

social media

Follow me on Linkedin &Twitter @cathycorsetti and
Facebook- Re-elect Cathy Corsetti 2019 Bencher Election

 

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In my role as an elected Bencher over the past 6 years, I have been Chair or Vice Chair of the Access to Justice Committee. Access to Justice is very important to me. In fact paralegals define “Access to Justice”, in offering legal services to the people of Ontario in courts and Tribunals that are most commonly needed.

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I was pleased with the decision at Convocation in December limiting former ex-official & life Benchers participation at Convocation. It is a large meeting, it could be smaller, but I also believe that it works with the size it is. Reducing the size of elected Lawyer Benchers will be a difficult task as the regions need and should be represented. That being said Paralegal Benchers need to be increased, possibly having at least one regional spot which would expand us to 6 Benchers.
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I believe that the statement of Principles is appropriate. It is a personal decision how and what you state in your Statement of Principles, and I believe it helps us all consider and embrace diversity & inclusion.

Artificial Intelligence in Legal Service Delivery

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As a member of the Technology Working force this is a very important issue the Law Society is looking at. We need to be ahead of technology as it is advancing in the legal world.
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Reconciliation and Indigenous Communities

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Specific Enhancements to Licensing System

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I think the LSO does a great job offering CPD’s and should continue offering them to their Licensees. As a regular presenter I think who better to be a presenter but the people who work in that specific area. Besides, the revenue from the various CPD’s goes towards lowering our annual fees.
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Mental Health is a huge problem with not only Licensees but the public. The Members Assistance Program is a great program that can assist the LSO members during a difficult time. Specialized training needs to be provided to Law Society Tribunal Members to help assist in situations when Licensees are suffering with a Mental Health issue and not able to continue an independent practice.

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I believe there are many LSO projects currently being funded that need to be examined; are they still relevant, or can we replace it by funding a project that is relevant to today’s priorities.

Diversity and Inclusivity Priorities

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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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In the past 8 years I have worked hard building relationships with the Lawyer Benchers and stakeholders, I am proud of my relationships and feel I have been able to develop the Paralegal Profession using those relationships. However there are still many Lawyers who don’t appreciate what Paralegals do, as I think we should complement each other, in completely different roles in offering legal services to the people of Ontario.

 

 

 

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