I don’t have a horse in this race — I’m not eligible to vote in the Law Society of Upper Canada (aka Ontario) Bencher election. Nonetheless, I know who I’d be voting for if I could.
Bencher elections are notorious for low participation rates across the country. I don’t understand this. Lawyers are typically engaged with politics in general, but for reasons I’m not privy to, fail to demonstrate the same level of engagement in respect of their own professional governance.
That’s a shame, but also an opportunity. Law society elections create an opening for the voices of lawyers from under-represented groups to be heard and to influence the strategic priorities of their profession as a whole.
If you’re an eligible Ontario lawyer, please take this opportunity to make your voice heard. There are important issues on the agenda of LSUC – articling, barriers facing racialized lawyers and alternative business structures, to name just a few. Information on the candidates and their positions is available here.
Your opinion matters. Make it count before the April 30, 2015 close of ballots.