Peter Wardle

Lawyer Bencher Candidate – Toronto Region

Priorities

My Priorities Include:

Modernization and Relevance: A new name and logo is not enough. The Law Society continues to struggle to modernize and be relevant to lawyers, paralegals and the public.

Governance: Although Convocation has enacted some reforms, we have a long way to go to simplify our governance structure.

Licensing: Our licensing system faces pressures caused in part by a growing number of licensing candidates. We must do more to find a long-term solution.

Support for New Lawyers: The Law Society must do more to support newly called lawyers, particularly those in sole and small practice.

Diversity: Promoting diversity should continue to be a key priority. I support our efforts to end systemic discrimination in the legal profession.

Background

Associate Counsel, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
LL.B. (Queens, 1984)
Called to Bar 1986

Activities:
• Lecturer, Advanced Civil Procedure, Queens University, 2003-2006
• Director, The Advocates’ Society, 2001-2006
• Chair, Education Committee, The Advocates; Society, 2005-2006
• Guest Instructor, Osgoode Hall Law School Trial Advocacy Program
• Speaker, numerous CLE programs
• Published articles in Canadian Bar Review, Ottawa Law Journal, Canadian Business Law Journal and other publications
• Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
• Ranked in Lexpert, Best Lawyers and Chambers Canada in commercial litigation and professional liability

Elected Bencher, 2011
• Chair, Compensation Fund, 2012-2014
• Co-Chair, Mentoring Task Force, 2013-2015
• Co-Chair, Audit & Finance, 2014-2016
• Chair, Professional Development & Competence, 2016-2019
• Member, Governance Task Force
• Adjudicator with Law Society Tribunal and Appeal Division

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Candidates I support

In Toronto, Isfahan Merali, Gina Papageorgiou, Paul LeVay, Megan Shortreed, Julia Shin Doi, Megan Shortreed. Outside Toronto, Jacqueline Horvat, Paul Cooper, Dianne Corbiere.

Something the LSO does that it should stop doing

The current specialist designation has not worked properly and should be replaced by a credentialing system as outlined above.

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

Developing a credentialing system for specialists, with appropriate training post-call and a recognized system of credentials to allow lawyers to obtain credentials to use in marketing their services to the public, including a credential for general practice.

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I believe in incremental increases to the scope of practice for paralegals, provided we can have appropriate oversight over their training and credentialing.
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I am a strong believer in reducing the size of Convocation and simplifying our committee structure.
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It is a growing problem. Unfortunately, almost nothing we can do about it directly within our mandate at LSO. We can support efforts by students to draw attention to the issue, and in that way advocate for change.
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I support it.

Artificial Intelligence in Legal Service Delivery

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I chaired the recent review of licensing at the LSO. We have put in place some changes but not enough. I am not a supporter of the current two tier model, but for now the benchers have decided it should continue. I would like to see more opportunities for students to get credit for clinical work while at law school (ie. the Lakehead model).
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I support it, as we need regulatory authority over firms, as well as individual lawyers.
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We are looking at this, and I would support it.

Reconciliation and Indigenous Communities

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I have supported our Indigenous Framework and currently chair a Federation of Law Societies committee considering adding a competency in indigenous legal issues to the National Requirement that every Canadian law school must meet.
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I do not support the kind of broad ABS we considered in 2012-14. I would support allowing some limited form of share ownership in professional corporations.
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Specific Enhancements to Licensing System

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We have just completed a lengthy project on this – my view remains that long-term there should be one path for all licensing candidates. It will be some time before we get there.
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yes, of course!
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I would like to see more programs available for those going into sole and small practice to assist them in getting started.
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Our efforts in this area have been pretty limited to date. We need to do more.
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I don’t support taxing the profession to support Pro Bono Ontario. I believe this should be a broader government responsibility.

Diversity and Inclusivity Priorities

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I support our efforts to promote diversity, including in this bencher campaign.

Scope of practice for paralegals and non-licensees

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Outlined above.

FOLA asks: Thoughts on Funding Staffed Local Law Libraries

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Chris Bredt
Clare Burns
Earl Cherniak
Paul Cooper
Dianne Corbiere
Helen Daley
Dirk Derstine
Julia Shin Doi
Teresa Donnelly
Rebecca Durcan
Ross Earnshaw
Jayashree Goswami
Jacqueline Horvat
David Howell
Peter Kryworuk
Janet Leiper
Jeffrey Leon
Isfahan Merali
Terry O’Sullivan
Gina Papageorgiou
Mark Polley
Bruce Reynolds
Luisa Ritacca
John Rosen
John Rosenthal
Heather Joy Ross
Linda Rothstein
Paul Schabas
Sid Troister
Paul Le Vay
Sharon Vogel
Margaret Waddell
Tanya Walker