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
- Joseph Chiummiento
As professional lawyers we are thinkers, challengers and protectors.
The Law Society provides us with the guidance, direction, education and tools to ensure the fair balance between public interests and zealous advocacy. Belief systems are passed down from mentor to prodigy, from principals to students and from the Courts and our Rules.
The Law Society has become a bureaucratic organization driven by its own machinations and politically imposed ideals forced on us by the few internal or loudest voices that are far removed from the everyday lawyer experience.
Excessive fees, increasing CLE requirements and related training, and the proliferation of privatizing access to case law and resources that make us better has only increased the competitive nature or divide among us.
As a Bencher I would direct my energy to achieving the following change:
1. Removing political ideology starting with the Statement of Principles
2. Ensuring the Law Society runs on budget and with transparency
3. Advocating for the interests of Solo, Small and Medium Sized Firms
An efficient, well run, Law Society focused on the happiness and wellbeing of its members/licensees is best for the public interest.
The LSO can make incremental changes to adjust the sails and point the ship in the right direction, and restore confidence to the reputation of lawyers and its members.
Protecting our ability to challenge, think, speak and act for our clients and for society as the gatekeepers of natural laws, the Charter freedoms and development of common law is key to a better society.
I plan to ensure the LSO provides the support needed for us to continue to do so.
My current law practice is located in the Town of Woodbridge, City of Vaughan and is focused on Corporate transactions.
I have had in-house experience and have worked with teams and boards of public companies. In my role I was fortunate to be part of many growing teams, large international sale transactions and to have learned how to manage competing interests to address priorities.
I graduated from the University of Windsor and York University.
In the past I have worked in the areas of corporate law, tax law, securities law, construction litigation and commercial litigation and am practical in my approach to problem solving.