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Douglas Judson

Bencher Candidate (Northwest Region)

It’s time for a generational shift in the leadership of our profession.

Younger lawyers need to lead the modernization of legal service delivery and drive improvements in access to justice. The challenges facing newer calls are unique from previous generations and can only be addressed through the participation of younger practitioners in the leadership of our profession.

I am running for bencher to give voice to the future of our profession and to ensure the public we serve is heard at Convocation. Our Law Society must uphold its statutory commitment to access to justice, and adapt that commitment to respond to contemporary challenges and public expectations. I want to work with our partners across the justice sector to address these issues and ensure our profession leads this effort.

I look forward to hearing from you, and would be honoured to have your support in this election.
 

Why I'm Running

It's time for a generational shift in the leadership of our profession.

Younger lawyers need to lead the modernization of legal service delivery and drive improvements in access to justice. The challenges facing newer calls are unique from previous generations and can only be addressed through their participation in the leadership of our profession.

 

I am running for bencher to give voice to the future of law and to ensure the public we serve is heard at Convocation. Our Law Society must uphold its statutory commitment to access to justice, and adapt that commitment to respond to contemporary challenges and public expectations. I want to break down silos across the justice sector to address these issues and ensure our profession leads this work.

I have collaborated on a number of significant policy initiatives in the profession through my term on the Law Society's Equity Advisory Group, as the first President of the Law Students' Society of Ontario (LSSO), on the board of Start Proud (formerly Out On Bay Street), as the current President of the Rainy River District Law Association, and in my involvement with the Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association (with their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC), in particular).

I am a passionate advocate for improving the diversity and financial accessibility of the bar, and have written extensively and contributed to submissions on matters such as the Pathways to the Profession review of licensing and the Challenges Facing by Racialized Licensees.

 

I supported the Law Society in its legal challenge surrounding Trinity Western University by coordinating the intervention of LGBTQ2 groups, and I was the primary author of the Law Students’ Society of Ontario’s 2015 Just or Bust report on the impacts of skyrocketing legal education costs. In my current work, I advocate for the justice and health needs of Treaty 3 First Nations.

 

The Law Society’s public-facing mandates must remain central to its work. In my practice, through my work with Indigenous communities, as a director of a community legal clinic, and through my time volunteering with Law Help Ontario, I have seen firsthand some of the challenges facing Ontarians navigating everyday legal problems unserved by lawyers. I see a role for our Law Society in enhancing public education, outreach, and legal resources, and doing more to integrate technology and pilot innovative practice models to serve these unmet needs.

I welcome you to review my C.V. and publications, which are linked on this website. You can also connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

I would be honoured to have your support in this election. Thank you, merci, and miigwetch.

 
 

Endorsements

I'm proud to have the support of these leaders and organizations in our professional community.

Organization Endorsements

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“I have known Doug for several years. He is a thoughtful advocate for the issues that a matter to a new generation of Ontario lawyers: lawyer licensing, professional fees, equality and diversity, and access to justice. Even though Doug and I have been opposite each other on some issues, I strongly endorse his candidacy for Bencher because he will represent all of us.

Ranjan Agarwal

Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

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“Douglas was the President of the LSSO in 2014 and has been a mentor to me in navigating my own term as President. He remains committed to issues facing law students and new lawyers – a perspective that is often left out in Convocation. His keen awareness of the issues, commitment to diversity initiatives, and strong voice make Douglas an ideal Bencher candidate. I am thrilled to support his campaign.”

Heather Donkers

President, Law Students' Society of Ontario 

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“In Douglas Judson, I see the future of our profession. He is thoughtful, articulate, and committed to the ethics and ideals of the practice of law in Ontario. Doug has earned the respect of myself and others, through his devoted community service. I will vote for Doug in this election, confident that he will position the Law Society for the future, while bringing all the best of our profession to his role as Bencher.”

Trudy McCormick

Executive Director, Northwest Community Legal Clinic 

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“Doug and I first met during articling at a leading national Bay Street firm - even under pressure, he knows how to be an advocate and an ally when it counts. In just a few short years of practice, Doug has proven that advancing inclusion for not only young lawyers, but all members of the bar, is a cause that he is committed to. Doug knows that not all diversity is highly visible, and that not all diverse lawyers are the same. His ability to relate to and truly understand the unique challenges that lawyers from non-traditional backgrounds face in both finding their way into law and navigating the profession once called is integral. Representation matters, and I have no doubt that the legal profession will benefit from the perspective Doug can bring to Convocation.

Breanna Needham

Associate, Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb

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“I have been fortunate to work with Douglas in a number of capacities within the OBA/CBA, on the LSO Equity Advisory Group, and more broadly in the profession. Despite his relatively brief time in the legal community, he has demonstrated incredible leadership on issues facing young lawyers and students, and licensees from equity-seeking groups, in Ontario and across Canada, and has been a dedicated member of our profession. He has tremendous potential to be a successful bencher and will no doubt continue to make important contributions to the debates in Convocation with his unique perspective on governance and the public interest.”

Paul Jonathan Saguil

Past Chair, Law Society of Ontario Equity Advisory Group 

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“Douglas and I have worked together against the rising cost of tuition at our former law school, Osgoode Hall. That work is an example of Douglas' commitment to access to justice and the growing cost of the legal profession, not just for prospective students but also new licensee's facing the high cost of practicing in this province. I also feel that Douglas' move from Toronto and big firm life, with all its allure, back to his hometown of Fort Frances in Northern Ontario, and work with the his First Nations neighbours, represents a commitment to community that should be celebrated. I am happy to call Douglas a friend and I endorse him for a Northwest Region Bencher position with the Law Society.

David Shellnutt

Lawyer, Scher Law 

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“I met Doug at the start of his legal career and came to know a dedicated advocate and highly skilled lawyer. Doug is a ‘young candidate’ in age only. Since his admissions to the bar, he has accomplished as much or more as many of those who put their names forward to serve as Bencher.  From leaving a successful practice downtown to offer his legal services in his community of Fort Frances, to his public policy work, to his work with First Nations communities. Doug’s track record has been defined by a commitment to serve.  I am happy to support his campaign.”

Charlene Theodore

Legal Counsel, Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association

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“I have known Douglas for the last 5 years and have been very impressed by his tenacious commitment to diversity, inclusion, and excellence in the legal profession. It took courage to move from a Bay Street practice back to his home territory in Fort Frances – working with his local community and First Nations. I think Douglas would bring a different and valued perspective to the deliberations at the Law Society. I urge you support his candidacy.”

Grant Wedge

Associate Deputy Minister, Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

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“Douglas is the breath of fresh air we desperately need at today’s LSO. Energized, creative, determined, and with a view fixed on the future of our profession and the public interest, he possesses and has consistently demonstrated the skills required to be an effective and transformational bencher. Douglas is a leader in all senses of the word and I fully support his candidacy.”

Thomas Wilson

Associate, Dentons Canada LLP

Can I count on your support?

Use the below form or email info@douglasjudson.ca.

 
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