1) Lawyer wellness – lawyering is not always a cushy profession. Lawyers in our ranks suffer from various issues alcohol addiction, drug addiction, mental illness. I seek more compassionate ways to deal with lawyers facing these issues. ;
2) Keeping fees down for lawyers, student licencees, and law students;
3) Access to Justice;
4) Supporting Legal Aid Ontario, Pro-Bono Law Ontario;
5) Mediating competing rights pertaining to Human Rights, Equity and Equality Rights Issues;
6) Legislative Review / Government relations;
7) Continuing Legal Education/Professional Development;
8) Regulatory issues inclusive of the Law Society Tribunal;
9) Cyber crime and electronic data storage security; 10) Artificial Intelligence and it’s impact on the profession;
Sole practitioner, Pieters Law Office.
I am a Black, African Canadian, male, with dreadlocks.
Law Society of Ontario; February 24, 2005
Bar of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; July 05, 2012
Bar of the Republic of Guyana; July 06, 2012
Criminal, human rights, constitutional and social justice lawyer who has have appeared at all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Recipient of several awards for human rights and social justice work.
Volunteered with the LAWS (Law in Action Within Schools) and Black Law Students Association of Canada as a speaker and moot court judge.
Provided pro-bono legal assistance to the Black Action Defence Committee and many other deserving organizations individuals.
I have over 500 reported legal cases on canlii, Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis Quicklaw, Maritime Publishing etc. some of which are listed on my website
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I am a strong proponent of Access to Justice (A2J) and remain engage in community-level social justice initiatives through my work with various social justice organizations locally, nationally and internationally.
Lawyers are governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct, the Human Rights Code, the Solicitors Act and a complete regulatory scheme of which the statement of principles are a part until revoked or repealed.
Articling works well. There still need to be some improvements to the LKPP program which works well for foreign called lawyers but not well for LPP candidates without clinical or practical legal experience.
To many females and racialized licencees are leaving private private practice for government or non-practising employment. LSO muart continue to make tangible efforts to support the admission, progression and retention of females and racialized licencees in the private practice of law.
Lawyer wellness – lawyering is not always a cushy profession. Lawyers in our ranks suffer from various issues alcohol addiction, drug addiction, mental illness. I seek more compassionate ways to deal with lawyers facing these issues.