Meet the Slate!

    These 22 lawyers ran on a platform to eliminate the compelled Statement of Principles, known as StopSOP. They were elected with top votes from across the province and will serve the profession as benchers until 2023.

    Their campaign was organized and led by the StopSOP Team, which included these non-bencher lawyers and paralegals and many others who helped in various capacities:

    Lisa Bildy
    Bruce Pardy
    Michael Menear
    Donald Kilpatrick
    Bilal Bhatti
    Sadie Etemad
    Ian Wilkinson

    Lyon Family Law

    I am joining with #StopSOP as the time has come for more thoughtful and less ideological governance from Osgoode Hall.

    We owe it to ourselves and posterity to rollback the Statement of Principle (SOP). It is beyond the pale how the Law Society deigns to mandate that lawyers proffer some mantra.  The idea that there is a “one size fits all” Statement of Principle is anathema to the profession we serve. 

    My principal concerns with SOP are two fold. First, mandating that we parrot some ideology, any ideology, however laudable, is abhorrent and contrary to our hard won independence. It beggars belief how anyone would suggest such an Orwellian initiative. Second, and notwithstanding the laudable sentiment, those espousing equality, diversity and inclusion cannot get past formulating a useful definition much less any practical implementation.

    The Society’s current overreach is an obvious symptom of mission creep.  Its ever expanding scope of operations is funded with our money and such initiatives are far beyond its proper function.

    The Society must account for every dime it receives and spends.  Before venturing beyond its core mandate it ought to first focus on regulating lawyers and protecting the public and doing so with as little bureaucracy and “red tape” as possible.

    Access to justice is another critical issue requiring practical solutions. In our role of protecting the public we must call government to account. Government must not be allowed to ignore the needs of the legal system.

    We really have to fix the articling/lawyer training model.  The current “system” needs to be re-tooled to produce people who have a working grasp of what it is to practice law.

    If elected I will use my energies to see that the Law Society focuses on its core mandate with a view to cost reductions and savings wherever possible.  Having run my own business for over 30 years I know that one must be ever mindful of the bottom-line. Perhaps that is something the Benchers have forgotten in their efforts at social justice engineering.

    Called to the Bar in 1989 I have been practicing for 30 years. I operate a small family law firm in Kanata employing four lawyers.  I still feel it is a privilege to practice law and hope to continue to do so for many years to come.  My practice focuses on dispute resolution.  I am a member of various and diverse legal and ADR groups.  For over ten years I was a regular columnist for the Lawyers Weekly and had fun writing articles under the title “In the Trenches”.  When not in the office I maintain a semblance of sanity by playing hockey in the winter and, after ice out, fly fishing and kayaking in the summer.