Kristin Hutton

Lawyer Bencher Candidate – Toronto Region

Priorities

The integrity of the legal system and of solicitor-client confidentiality is of paramount importance to the foundation of our legal system and of an open and democratic society. These tenants are specifically recognized and espoused in our Rules of Professional Conduct (Rule 3.3 – Confidentiality and Rule 3.4 – Duty to Avoid Conflicts of Interest). We must ensure that all licensed lawyers and legal firms adhere to these tenants and hold no undisclosed secondary “duel-capacity” rolls that inherently conflict with our Rules of Professional Conduct. As an elected Bencher I promise to ensure that all lawyers and legal firms shall remain from being under the influence of – or accepting funds to influence conduct (in any form or guise) from any organization (including Federal Departments such as the Department of Defence and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service) whose mission statement and operations inherently conflict with the duties and undertakings of a lawyer licensed in the Province of Ontario. As an elected Bencher I will advocate for the creation of procedural mechanisms to investigate all lawyers and law-firms to determine if they operate with a “duel-capacity” conflict of interest and – by way of open forum – bring this issue to the public light for direction.

Background

Kristin Hutton was called to the Ontario bar in 2002 after completing his L.L.B at the University of Ottawa. While at the University of Ottawa, Kristin worked at the Department of Justice (Health Canada) Prior to law school, Kristin graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University (Greenville, North Carolina) while juggling the responsibilities of playing on the varsity tennis team. He was the recipient of several academic awards at his university including, The Rivers Scholarship, the Catherine Hirsch Memorial Award and Cecil Todd Scholarship. Kristin is included on the Best Lawyers list for Canada in the practice area of construction law for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Kristin’s reported cases appear in The Ontario Civil Code by Watson and McGowan, The 2015 Annotated Ontario Construction Lien Act by Duncan Glaholt and the Annotated Canadian Criminal Code. In his spare time Kristin enjoys playing golf and tennis and traveling to watch his school’s football team (the East Carolina Pirates) play throughout the Southeastern United States during the season. Kristin also acts as a Mentor for the Ryerson University Law Practice Program (2016-present) that offers an innovative alternative to traditional articling through a rigorous and demanding eight-month program combining on-line training and experiential learning with a hands-on work term.

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Transparency, pragmatic solutions, listening.

Something the LSO does that it should stop doing

Changing its name to the LSO.

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

Questioning whether they should continue to produce an unsustainable number of lawyers each year when the underlying economics do not support such numbers.

website

www.lawhutton.com

email

khutton@lawhutton.com

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Invoke a new Rules Committee to streamline the judicial process and update the terminology for the 21st Century.
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Reduce the number of Benchers.
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Market rate.
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If it supports the complete independence of the judiciary, the law society and its members.

Artificial Intelligence in Legal Service Delivery

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I will be out of a job.
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Canada is the only developed nation that still requires “articling” which inherently restricts the entrance to the free market. It should be eliminated if it continues to be a large barrier for law students to enter the workplace.
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The public should have the opportunity buy “select” or “bundled” legal services with the fixed price from a lawyer ie. undertakings Motion – $750.00 plus HST.
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No issue.
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Technological competence should have already been achieved with a basic undergraduate degree.

Reconciliation and Indigenous Communities

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Yes.
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No issue.
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Yes.

Specific Enhancements to Licensing System

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Smaller and simpler.
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No issue.
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Reduce annual fees and the levels of management at the LSO.
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Vacations and Marvel movies.
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Diversity and Inclusivity Priorities

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Window-dressing with no structural change.

Scope of practice for paralegals and non-licensees

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Accept.

FOLA asks: Thoughts on Funding Staffed Local Law Libraries

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I would support (without any increase) my annual fees being targeted to the law libraries.

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