Re-elect Chris Bredt for Bencher – TorontoMarch 23, 2015
As a Bencher since 2008, Chris has been a strong voice for reform at the Law Society.
A Track Record of Reform
Both the public interest and the interest of the profession are served by an independent and self-governing Bar that strives to improve access to justice and maintains high standards of professionalism. As a Bencher since 2008, Chris has been a strong voice for reform at the Law Society. Some of the key areas of reform in which Chris has been involved include:
- Access to Justice – Establishment of TAG – The Advisory Group on Access to Justice.
- Tribunal Reform – Reforms include the establishment of a new tribunal structure and the hiring of a full-time non-Bencher Chair.
- Governance Reform – Reforms include term limits and eliminating the role of life Benchers – these reforms led to a younger and more diverse group of Benchers.
- Fiscal Reform – Reforms have focused on fiscal prudence.
Equity and Diversity: A More Inclusive Profession
We must expand opportunities for women, racialized minorities and Aboriginal peoples and look to practical solutions to effect change. I supported the recommendations of the Working Group on the retention of Women in Private Practice, and the establishment of a Working Group on the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees.
Access to Justice: Sustainable Legal Aid
The Law Society must be at the forefront of working towards a sustainable Legal Aid program.
Regulation of the Profession: Protecting the Public Interest
The public interest and the interest of the profession are both served by an independent and self-governing bar that strives to improve access to justice and maintains high standards of professionalism. We need to be cautious on alternative business structures (ABS). We also need to do more to ensure competence on entry into the profession.
Pro Bono: The Importance of Giving Back
I have acted on a pro bono basis in a number of constitutional cases, including cases on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, LGBTQ communities, and adoptive parents. The Law Society must show leadership in encouraging and developing pro bono legal programs.
Lawyers in Smaller Firms and Communities: Expand Service
Sole practitioners and lawyers practicing in smaller firms and communities face unique challenges. The Law Society must expand its level of service, including support of local libraries and creating accessible continuing education.
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Christopher D. Bredt
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
University of Western Ontario
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