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:
#StopSOP - As your representative, Jean-Jacques Desgranges will fight to cut law society fees, work to eliminate red tape and defend our profession’s traditions and values.
The law society’s mission creep and resulting bloated budget have led to steadily increasing law society fees that will likely increase significantly in years to come. Jean-Jacques will fight to find way to reduce unnecessary expenses to get the Law Society back on track and focused on its core competency – regulating the legal profession.
Eliminate Red Tape
Good lawyers should be left to practice law. Unnecessarily onerous compliance requirements take up valuable time that is better spent serving the public. Jean-Jacques will work to create efficiencies to reduce compliance time and burden without compromising high standards and public protection.
Defend our Traditions and Values
Special interest groups have gained a foothold in convocation. They seek to erase our history, mandate ideological training and implement discriminatory race and sex-based quotas. Jean-Jacques will defend our profession’s proud traditions and values which include above all excellence in the practice of law without regards to social determinants. Jean-Jacques is part of the #StopSOP slate to repeal Recommendation 3.1, which sought to compel licensees to promote controversial political speech as a requirement to practice law. This requirement is now before the Court at significant law society expense.
Jean-Jacques Desgranges hails from Sudbury, Ontario.
He worked in the Alberta oil patch, in the construction trades, taught in high school and college, and was double-bass player for the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.
He holds a B.A (Arts – music major) and a B.Ed. from Laurentian University.
In 1992, he moved to Ottawa to pursue a law career. He graduated in 1995 from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law (Common Law) and was called to the Bar in 1997. He has been practicing law since then as a general practitioner.
He completed an International MBA in 2001 from the University of Ottawa and the École supérieure de Commerce in Reims (France). He is versed in tax law and fully bilingual.