Corporate counsel are not currently represented as benchers at the Law Society of Ontario, but three Toronto-based lawyers running in this election are hoping to bring the in-house voice to Convocation.
Julia Shin Doi, general counsel and corporate secretary of Ryerson University, Jayashree Goswami, senior legal counsel at Intact Financial, and George Begic, assistant general counsel Deloitte in Toronto, are all running in the City of Toronto electoral region.
Access to justice is a primary area of focus and the “most pressing issue facing the profession,” according to Goswami, who has been a practising lawyer for 12 years. She practised at Heenan Blaikie LLP for five years before going in-house. She has been a member of the Equity Advisory Group at the law society since she was a first-year lawyer and is also immediate past president of the Roundtable of Diversity Association.