Selwyn A Pieters

Lawyer Bencher Candidate – Toronto Region

Priorities

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;

Background

Biographical Data
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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website

http://www.selwynpieters.com/pieters4bencher.htm

email

selwyn@selwynpieters.com

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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.
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LSO must reflect the voice of recent calls, sole practitioners and those practitioners who form the Bulk of the membership.
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Too expensive. The costs is simply prohibitive for
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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.

Artificial Intelligence in Legal Service Delivery

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AI is the way to go in 2019 and beyond. It does not operate in isolation from the human factor though.
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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.
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I find it improves access to justice.
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Activity/function based regulation should be considered.
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A must in 2019.

Reconciliation and Indigenous Communities

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Definitely. First Nations in Canada are still living in Third-World conditions and are subjected to systemic discrimination in the justice system.
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Alternative business structures is the way to go.
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The LSO recently began cracking down on misleading advertising. That need to be continued.

Specific Enhancements to Licensing System

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There are lots written on this subject matter, if it comes before convocation during my terms I would be pleased to sound out lawyers and the public and take the appropriate position.
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Yes.
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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.
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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.
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Some of its funding priorities are misplaced.

Diversity and Inclusivity Priorities

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I support LSO’s 5 strategies for equality, diversity and inclusion.

Scope of practice for paralegals and non-licensees

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The expansion of paralegal scope of service is a divisive issue in the profession. I have there can be a meeting of the mind.

FOLA asks: Thoughts on Funding Staffed Local Law Libraries

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Libraries provide a valuable service even in the digital era and must be adequately funded.

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