I am seeking re-election because I am committed to responsible, effective and proportionate regulation that ensures a competent, honourable and diverse profession. My background includes a small town Northern Ontario upbringing, a 10 year plus career in television production before and during law school, a litigation practice in small and large firms since 1986 and partnership at Bennett Jones since 2005. In my first term as bencher, I worked on professional standards and on the retention of women in private practice. I currently sit on five committees, on the LawPro Board, and as an adjudicator on the Law Society Tribunal. I take my duties as a bencher seriously.
Governing in the public interest means that we must license lawyers who have the necessary skills and knowledge for today’s legal environment. I will continue to support and advocate for initiatives that raise the bar for entry to the profession. We must have rigorous standards that are fairly applied.
Access to justice is a Law Society priority that is largely provided by smaller practices. I will support and advocate for increased legal aid, for maximizing the value of local libraries and for the development of resources that assist those in smaller firms to provide access to justice for the public.
My professional service has largely been in teaching advocacy. I have participated in many CPD programs over the years and served as co-chair of the Courthouse series since 2005. Courthouse runs in Windsor, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, Kingston, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Sudbury and Toronto. I have been an assessor for the Arnup Cup since 2004, a member of the Advocates Society education committee since 2002 and was a director 2002-2005.
My Community Service includes being a director and/or chair of Casey House Foundation (1995 – 1999) and Ovarian Cancer Canada (2002 – 2010).