Rebecca Bromwich

Lawyer Candidate – East Region

Priorities

Access to justice; modernization of regulation to keep pace with tech innovation; diversity and equality; mental health

Background

Called in 2003. Has worked in private practice and in law reform. Received her PhD in 2015 and now serves as Director of the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution program at Carleton’s Department of Law. Practices as a per diem Crown Attorney.

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Something the LSO does that it should stop doing

LSO should update processes.

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

LSO needs to move forward more effectively into embracing and engaging with legal tech innovation.

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Rebecca.Bromwich@carleton.ca

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Twitter: @rebeccabromwich

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We should look in more depth into how tech can support human solutions for A2J. Less talk; more action.

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Less talk; more action.

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The profession is enriched and A2J is facilitated when access to legal education is more feasible for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. LSO should actively engage in work to keep educational costs reasonable.

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I don’t find this obligation onerous. Diversity is important. So is equality.

Artificial Intelligence in Legal Service Delivery

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We need to be careful that AI mechanisms do not over ride individualism of case by case, common law tradition. Having said that, we should leverage tech to support A2J.

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Without sacrificing quality of legal services, we should eliminate any arbitrary or unfair barriers to licensing.

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Clearly, unbundling is a growing feature of practice that we need to engage with in regulation.

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We should be cautious but we should embrace change.

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We need to support lawyers and firms to be technologically competent, and be sure the profession is fit for 21st century practice.

Reconciliation and Indigenous Communities

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This work is important and needs to be ongoing.

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Again, we should be cautious but embrace change.

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The dignity of the profession should be balanced with the business need we have to financially survive.

Specific Enhancements to Licensing System

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Mental health is closely connected to diversity and inclusion and to A2J. We need to be a more caring, supportive profession where lawyers can thrive.

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Scrutiny over priorities should foreground public interest.

Diversity and Inclusivity Priorities

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I am co- chair of the CCLA Diversity Committee and former staff lawyer to the CBA equality committee. Diversity and inclusion are priorities for my work.

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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Specific needs and interests of the Ottawa Bar are a priority for me.

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