PSC Election Standings

Photo: LSUC

Photo: LSUC

Paralegals across the province recently cast their votes in only the second Paralegal Standing Committee (PSC) election to be held since the Law Society began regulating Ontario’s paralegals in 2007. Last December, Bill 111, Modernizing Regulation of the Legal Profession Act, 2013, increased the number of paralegal benchers from two to five.

“Convocation is pleased to welcome the five elected paralegal benchers,” Treasurer Thomas Conway said. “Their participation at Convocation will enhance the governance of the profession.”

The Law Society has a mandate to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and to act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

By the time the polls closed March 31, 1,200 ballots had been cast. That means that about 20 percent of the 6,000 or so eligible voters took part in the process, which was conducted entirely online.

Here are the results:

        Lippa, Marian – 488
        Corsetti, Cathy – 462
        Burd, Robert – 440
        Haigh, Michelle – 373
        Lawrie, Brian – 318
        Alfano, Frank – 265
        Foster, Daniel – 221
        Tancredi, Frank – 212
        Yarmus, Marshall – 189
        Ally, Sacha – 170
        Callaghan, Paula – 144
        MacDonald, Kristina – 127
        Camus, Gerri – 123
        Cogan, Tami – 110
        Larkin, Kevin A. – 108
        Lalande, Marie – 95
        Gualtieri, Anthony – 94
        Wilkinson, Ian – 71
        Solomon, Jaclyn P. – 69
        Mbaegbu, Benjamin Odinakachukwu – 54
        Stover, Christine L. – 48
        Hardy, Kirk R. – 44
        Gangadin, Jimmy – 38
        LaForest, Stephen A. – 21
        Wren-Marlow, Robert J. – 14

The PSC:
  • Assists Convocation in making decisions, in the best interst of the public.
  • Identifies all reasonable policy options and implications, to inform Convocation’s decisions.
  • Like all Law Society policy committees, develops policies related to the governance of licensed paralegals in Ontario, for recommendation to Convocation. This involves all members of the committee: the five paralegals, the five lawyers and the three lay members.
  • Will start to serve with the April 2014 PSC meeting and Convocation, for a four-year term.
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