Meet the StopSOP Slate!
These 22 lawyers and one paralegal are running on a platform to eliminate the compelled Statement of Principles. They represent regions across the province. You may vote for candidates outside of your own region. Please consider voting for all of them (plus any non-slate candidates endorsed by StopSOP) and ONLY them to ensure that we achieve our goal of electing a Convocation that adheres to its statutory mandate, and gets out of the business of controlling the thoughts and speech of its members.
As your representative I can speak for the interests of sole practitioners and small firm lawyers working outside large urban centres. I will demand respect for the practice of Family Law within the profession and will defend our profession’s traditions and values.
Elevate Family Law Practice
The Family Law Action Plan is seriously flawed and there is no supporting evidence that it will address access to justice for Ontario families. The Action Plan goes beyond the recommendations in Justice Bonkalo’s report and looks to quickly implement another licensing framework to begin in 2020. The objections of the Family Law Bar were largely ignored by the Committee and submissions from the profession were given no consideration. Convocation demonstrated a lack of understanding of family law practice and rejected the expertise of its own family law licensees.
The law society’s mission creep and bloated budget have led to increasing law society fees. The law society needs to get back on track and focused on its core competency and rationale, regulating the legal profession.
Defend our Traditions and ValuesSpecial interest groups have gained a foothold in convocation. Licensees are now required to participate in “accelerating a cultural shift.” Convocation is mandating ideological training and implementing discriminatory race and sex-based quotas. It seeks to identify all licensees primarily in racialized, gender and ethnic categories. In doing so they seek to erase our history and run roughshod over established legal principles and charter rights. Cheryl will stand up to these special interest groups to defend our profession’s proud traditions and values. Cheryl is part of the #StopSOP slate to repeal bylaw 3.1 which sought to compel licensees to promote controversial political speech as a requirement to practice law.
Cheryl Lean has been practicing family law and child protection law in Prince Edward County since 2004, having previously practiced, family law, employment law and civil litigation in Ottawa for 12 years. She is a sole practitioner and many of her clients are low income and vulnerable. She has long been committed to facilitating access to justice. Cheryl graduated from Dalhousie Law School (now Schulich School of Law) in 1989, was called to the bar of Ontario in Ottawa in 1991, in 2003 she was granted an LLM by Osgoode Hall Law School. Cheryl served for several years on the Board of the Hastings County Law Association and served as its president from 2007 until 2009.