Geoff Pollock

Lawyer Bencher Candidate – Toronto Region

Priorities

My campaign focuses on four principal areas:

1. Better Training for New Lawyers – I have spoken to many members, who agree that new lawyers are less and less equipped to handle the demands of practice. In addition, it has become more challenging for new graduates to find articles. If elected, I will explore solutions so that our law school graduates can hit the ground running.

2. Improve Support for Pro Bono Ontario – The biggest barrier to access to justice is the cost of retaining a lawyer. Our society must do more to ensure that those who cannot afford a lawyer can still access high-quality legal advice for a variety of matters. If elected, I will advocate for crediting CPD hours to members who volunteer their time with Pro Bono Ontario.

3. Prosecute Serious Ethical Breaches – As guardians of the profession, our society needs to focus less on prosecuting small errors, and more on behaviour that directly undermines the public’s confidence in lawyers and other legal professionals.

4. Recognize Outstanding Lawyers – Our society needs to do more to celebrate the exceptional work of our members across the province. The best way to improve our society’s image and the perception of lawyers is to shine a spotlight on the good community and charitable work of our members at all levels of practice. If elected, I will advocate for more ways to recognize and promote members of our profession across Ontario.

Background

I am a proud husband, father, and Western graduate, but I am proudest of having served our country as a Canadian Army Reservist.

I was called in 2010 and previously came from a career in investment banking. I live in Toronto with my wife Evgeniya, and our three children, Daniel, Elizabeth, and Alexandra.

I have my own law firm, Geoff Pollock & Associates, where our team practices real estate, corporate law, wills & estates, and litigation.

Outside of work, I am an avid community volunteer and am passionate about public service. I have served on many boards, run in a federal election, and was a founding member of Haven Toronto’s The Fortunate 500, a charity focused on homeless senior men.

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Something the LSO does that it should stop doing

Useless transit ads.

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

Crediting CPD hours for time spent volunteering with ProBono Ontario.

website

www.geoffpollock.ca

email

geoff@geoffpollock.com

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This is a vitally important area. Please see my above comments. [on profile page]
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Opposed.

Artificial Intelligence in Legal Service Delivery

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Innovation is good, but requires the supervision of a lawyer.
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This should be left to the market.

Reconciliation and Indigenous Communities

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Specific Enhancements to Licensing System

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The LSO has way too many priorities, which goes a long way to explaining the recurring deficits.

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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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