Robert Burd

Paralegal Bencher Candidate – Ontario Region

Priorities

1) access to justice- paralegal scope in family law
2) Bill C-75, maintain law student and paralegal scope
3) continue to implement recommendations to improve EDI
4) improve mental health resources for legal profession
5) reconcile with Indigenous communities
6) improve relationships between lawyers and paralegals
7) fiscally responsible

Background

• providing legal services since 1991 in municipal, provincial and minor criminal matters
• Licensed in 2008
• cofounder of the Ontario Paralegal Association
• bencher since 2010
• current chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee

Candidates I support

I would like to meet all the candidates first before selecting those I believe I could work with

Something the LSO does that it should stop doing

The LSO needs to become more fiscally responsible in order to maintain or lower licensing fees

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

Providing greater resources for mental health

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email

robertburd@hotmail.com

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Family Law needs answers; simplified rules, unified family court, paralegals providing legal services
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Lower the 26 volunteer days and cap campaigning funds so more sole practitioners can run and be effective once elected
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The cost of a legal education is becoming unaffordable. Although this is not within the jurisdiction of the LSO, it is something they should comment on
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Being a member of the Challenges Facing Racialized Licensees working group, I strongly support the SOP and the other recommendations

Artificial Intelligence in Legal Service Delivery

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Technology should be looked at to facilitate great delivery of legal services at a more affordable rate
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Ideally, it would be best for all licensing candidates to go through the LPP program however it would put an extra financial burden on licensing applicants
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This is a easy starting point for legal service providers to provide access to justice. A proper retainer agreement assured minimal liability
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With the recommendations of the racialized working group, entity regulation would hold firms accountable for EDI
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Legal service providers have an obligation to keep up with technology in order to provide the public with the best legal services available

Reconciliation and Indigenous Communities

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Having been on the LSO’s Indigenous Review Panel, I think it is imperative that we reconcile with Indigenous communities
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I am not convinced at this time that this benefits the public and that there wouldn’t be regulatory risk
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The public needs to be protected from false or misleading advertising and referral fees need to be capped

Specific Enhancements to Licensing System

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The LSO should be creating CPDs but at a more affordable rate, however CPD revenue is significant
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Continue to provide resources such as MAP, CAN, LSRS, practice audits, practice management helpline etc
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This is far more important then more are willing to admit. The LSO needs to put significant resources into providing assistance to the legal profession
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The LSO should fund internal initiatives prior to funding any external programs

Diversity and Inclusivity Priorities

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EDI initiatives enhance the delivery of legal services to the public

Scope of practice for paralegals and non-licensees

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Expansion of the paralegal scope should be based on unmet legal needs, education and competency

FOLA asks: Thoughts on Funding Staffed Local Law Libraries

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