TECHNOLOGY: The increasing prevalence of legal technology and tools, as well as the rise of artificial intelligence in legal applications, is both a concern and an opportunity for the LSO and its licensees. Embracing technological tools that complete routine and repetitive tasks will provide licensees more time to concentrate on giving clients the benefit of their experience, judgment, and legal advice. I hope to continue my work with the Technology Task Force in assessing the implications of technological tools and promoting education of legal technology among licensees.
DIVERSITY: Complex issues can only be properly addressed when those considering them bring to the table a diversity of views, perspectives, and backgrounds. To ensure this kind of diversity, Convocation should consider appointing non-benchers to committees and task forces to ensure that the right interests and views are taken into account at the policy making stage.
ACCESS TO JUSTICE: One of the core values the LSO must promote is greater and more affordable access to legal services for the public, regardless of income bracket or geographical location. To ensure that the legal system works for everyone, we must support new calls, sole practitioners and small firms across all of Ontario who dedicate their practices to public interest work.
I was first elected as a bencher from the Southwest in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Three years ago, along with my two law partners, I founded Spark LLP, a four-lawyer full-service firm. In establishing Spark LLP, I understand how daunting it is to start a new law firm and I have first-hand experience with the issues and worries faced by small and sole practitioners.
MY CONTRIBUTIONS AS A BENCHER:
Currently, I serve as the Chair of the Technology Task Force, Proceedings Authorization Committee, and Professional Regulation Committee. I am also a Vice-Chair of the Professional Development & Competence Committee. I also served as Co-Chair of the Mentoring Task Force which established the LSO’s Coach and Advisor Network.
I have served as a director of LibraryCo since 2011, and as a past director of the Ontario Judicial Education Network, an organization dedicated to fostering public understanding of the judicial system.
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