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:
- Bencher Profiles
- Chi-Kun Shi
I am running to be a bencher at the Law Society of Ontario (“LSO”) because I am offended that the LSO is forcing us to choose between the privilege to practice law in Ontario and signing the Statement of Principles (“SOP”). If elected, I would like to see the mandatory nature of the SOP eliminated.
My background: I was born in Hong Kong to Chinese parents and emigrated to Canada in 1975 when I was 15 years old. I was called to the Bar in 1991. For more than 20 years, I have been a sole practitioner in civil litigation.
The Law Society’s requirement that we all sign a pledge to promote diversity, equality and inclusion is forced speech. Of all people, lawyers need freedom of expression as we are advocates for clients some of whom may hold viewpoints that are unpopular at certain particular times. We must have the freedom to express our views and that of our clients without fear in order for our system of rule of law to evolve and reflect the values of our society. It is not the place for the Law Society, or anyone else, to regulate, censor or compel speech. Furthermore, it is not the place of the Law Society to tell us what values we must promote.
At a more fundamental level, I cherish that we live in a society with guaranteed fundamental freedoms. As an ethnic minority and a woman, I am less threatened by anyone who vocally opposes diversity, equality and inclusion than by the loss of my freedom of expression.
Will you support me?
I am a civil litigator with an interest in intellectual property and have had my own practice in Toronto since 1994.
I obtained my LL.B. at the University of Toronto in 1989 and was called to the Ontario bar in 1991.
Following a summer training program in mediation at Harvard University, I acted as a mediator between 1997 and 2013 for the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre.
Prior to attending law school, I earned a Bachelor and Master of Applied Science and Engineering at U of T and worked as an engineer at Spar Aerospace and as a nuclear safety engineer at Ontario Hydro.
In addition to English, I speak Mandarin, Cantonese & Shanghainese.