Howard Goldblatt

Lawyer Candidate – Toronto Region

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Background

Founding partner of Goldblatt Partners LLP, I was first elected Bencher in 2011. I have served as the chair or vice chair of a number of task forces, and working groups including the Treasurers Advisory Group on Access to Justice and the Task Force on Racialized Licensees. I am currently chair of the Access to Justice Committee, the Legal Aid and Family Law Working Groups, and a member of the Priority Planning Committee, the Technological Task Force, and the Professional Development and Competence Committees.

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I am firmly committed to continuing and advancing the work we have done to date on improving access to justice in the public interest. More particularly, we need to continue the work coming from the recommendations of Justice Bonkalo, including exploring the scope of practice for paralegals in family law, promoting the unbundling of legal services, recognizing the role to be played by trusted intermediaries in the court system, and better defining the distinction between legal services and legal information.

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This has not been one of my priorities over the past 4 years. It has proven to be a divisive and unproductive exercise notwithstanding the excellent work of the Governance Task Force. Convocation has debated very difficult issues (such as the Trinity Western application) in our current construct. I do think that the way in which the Treasurer is elected shouId be reformed to provide a ladder to the position so that a new Treasurer will not need to come to the office “cold” on the day of their election.
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As a vice chair of the Task Force on Racialized Licensees, a bencher who voted on the issue and a member of this profession, I unequivocally support this obligation.

Artificial Intelligence in Legal Service Delivery

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This is being examined in the Technology Task Force, of which I am a member. We need to first identify and then address the challenges faced by the growing influence of AI in the delivery of legal services both from a competency and a regulatory perspective. There are a multitude of complex, interconnected issues which need to be examined and addressed in a careful manner.
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As a former chair and current member of the Professional Development and Competence Committee, I support the decision of Convocation to continue articling (enhanced) and maintain the Law Practice Program. We have an obligation to ensure that graduates from the LPP are accepted without reservation as fully qualified practitioners. I also believe that the examination process for licensing needs to be reviewed and reformed to include a comprehensive examination process after the completion of experiential training and before the call to the bar.
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I support the recommendations of the Bonkalo Report that we publicize and promote the ability of lawyers to provide unbundled legal services which will support our access to justice initiatives.

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I was a member of the Compliance Based Entity Regulation Task Force. I support the need to regulate the entity, not just the individual, although I recognize that the scope of entity regulation might be limited to firms of a particular size. Entity regulation also brings with it enhanced education on professional responsibilities, which can only benefit the public interest.
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Reconciliation and Indigenous Communities

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I support the work being done by the Equity and Indigenous Issues Committee and the Indigenous Advisory Group.

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Specific Enhancements to Licensing System

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We have an ongoing duty and obligation to assist the members of our profession to have education and knowledge in the area of improving mental health and to ensure that members are fully aware of the various resources and supports which are available to them.

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LSO should provide funding to support its prime mandates in the public interest: regulation, competence, equity and access to justice. Within those broad parameters, issues are constantly arising in the course of annual budget considerations with respect to what specific funding allocations should be made. Obviously, these are most appropriately determined within the context of a fully informed discussion in Convocation.

Diversity and Inclusivity Priorities

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I fully support the report and recommendations of the Racialized Licensees Task Force and would work to ensure that the recommendations are implemented in their entirety. That, however, is only the beginning and we must continue to seek input and survey the profession to enable us to better support all diversity and inclusivity initiatives.

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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