I bring the corporate counsel and broader public sector perspective to Law Society decision-making. Corporate counsel work in complex multi-stakeholder environments in varying roles. In-house lawyers need a voice at the Law Society table to ensure their professional roles are respected.
As a racialized lawyer, woman, working mother, and spouse of another busy legal professional, I understand the challenges faced by many. The Law Society should continue to foster equity, diversity, and inclusion so that the legal profession thrives, and access to justice including Pro Bono Ontario is sustained.
I have a proven track record of building communities in the legal profession. I have founded many organizations to unite lawyers and support lawyers professionally. I am a co-founder and past president/chair of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Women General Counsel Canada, and many other professional groups.
For many years, I have taught as an adjunct professor and also trained and mentored lawyers. I understand generational differences, the importance of workplace mental health and wellness, and advanced skills and support required for lawyers at all stages to succeed.
I have worked in private practice, the broader public sector, academia, and the legal clinic setting. I bring over 25 years of broad and varied professional legal experience in understanding the changing nature of the legal profession and the needs of clients and the public so that Law Society regulation and innovation make sense and help.
I am a corporate governance expert with board experience. I understand the difference between oversight and management. I want to ensure that you have the independence that you require to manage and grow your practice.
Here are the highlights over the past 18 months:
1. Bencher Election: 30 of 45 elected were new Benchers. 22 of the newly elected Benchers ran as a slate on a platform to repeal the Statement of Principles recommended in the 2016 Challenges Faced by Licensees Working Group and approved by Convocation.
2. Treasurer Re-elected: Malcolm Mercer was re-elected Treasurer for 2019/2020.
3. Statement of Principles: In September 2019, the Statement of Principles was repealed by a majority vote. However, Benchers voted in favour of a motion to require licensees to acknowledge in their annual report their responsibility to respect the human rights laws in Ontario and to honour the obligation not to discriminate.http://www.lawsocietygazette.ca/news/statement-of-principles-decision/
4. Strategic Priorities: Convocation established four key priorities: proportionate regulation, scope of regulation, competence and quality of service, and access to justice. https://lso.ca/about-lso/governance/2019-2023-strategic-plan
5. Tribunal Committee and Tribunal: I served as the Tribunal Committee Vice Chair and am now the Tribunal Committee Chair. Great work is being done on Practice Directions and Rules. More information about the Tribunal is at: https://lawsocietytribunal.ca/ .Decisions of the Tribunal are published on canlii.org
6. New Treasurer Elected: Bencher Teresa Donnelly of the Ministry of the Attorney General was elected as the new Treasurer for 2020/2021. https://lso.ca/about-lso/governance/teresa-donnelly,-law-society-treasurer
7. Gender-Neutral Robing Room: The Law Society established a gender-neutral change room.
8. Inclusion Index: The Law Society is working on an inclusion index intended to show how legal workplaces are progressing towards equity, diversity and inclusion.
9. Reduction of Licensee Fees: There was a motion to reduce fees by 25% but it was tabled by majority vote of the Benchers so that the Audit and Finance Committee could consider more targeted and compassionate assistance to licensees affected by the pandemic.
10. Family Legal Services Provider License: There is a current call for comment on the Family Legal Services Provider license. https://lso.ca/about-lso/initiatives/family-law-action-plan/flsp-call-for-comment
11. Lifetime Exemption and Over Age 65: Additional work on this fee structure is being done and will be presented at Convocation in October.
12. Covid-19: The Law Society moved the Bar Admissions exams, CPD and operations online and extended annual filing dates in light of the pandemic. A special section of the Law Society’s website, with FAQs and other resources for licensees was created and is updated on an ongoing basis.
General Counsel & Secretary of the Board of Governors, Ryerson University
Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, LLM
Instructor, Ryerson Law Practice Program
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Executive, Women Lawyers Forum, Ontario Bar Association
Coach, Coach and Advisor Network, Law Society of Ontario
Chair, Lawyers for Possibility, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Former Chair, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association
Co-Founder, Korean Canadian Lawyers Association, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Women General Counsel Canada, General Counsel Chapter WLAO, Roundtable of Diversity Associations
Member, United Way Law Cabinet
Editorial Board, Practical Law - Commercial Law
AWARDS & HONOURS
FACL Lifetime Achievement Award (2019)
CCCA Award of Excellence (2017)
Top 25 Most Influential (2017)
Osgoode Alumni Gold Key (2017)
CCCA RVA Jones Award (2016)
OBA Linda Adlam Manning Award (2015)
WXN Top 100 (2014)
In-House: Ryerson University, York University, Imax Corporation
Private Practice: Gowling WLG, Borden & Elliot (BLG)
Called to the Bar, 1994
Julia is General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors of Ryerson University. As an Executive Group member, she provides legal and governance advice and has operational responsibility for access to information, privacy, records management, and compliance. Julia leads a team of lawyers and professionals, and advises the board.
Julia is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she has taught Legal Drafting since 2001, and at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, where she teaches Applied Contract Law in the LL.M. program. She is also an instructor in Ryerson’s Law Practice Program. Her past roles include: director of the Osgoode Business Clinic, assistant director of the Osgoode LL.M. in Business Law, and instructor of Osgoode Professional Development's Commercial Legal Drafting Workshop. Julia teaches contract drafting to lawyers through the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Spring Training Workshop. She is an Executive in Residence for the Certified In-House Counsel - Canada designation offered by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Julia is the co-author of the leading Canadian text on drafting boilerplate contract clauses, Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements (Thomson Reuters). She has also published and presented in the areas of licensing, securing copyright, and privacy law, and served on the editorial board of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada's Canadian Intellectual Property Review. Julia is a past member of the editorial board of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Magazine. She serves on the judging panel for Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine Innovatio Awards.
An active member of her community and the legal profession, Julia is past chair and current member of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Ontario Chapter (Ontario Bar Association) which represents thousands of corporate counsel nationally. She is a founder and past president of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers and a founding member of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association. She co-founded the Roundtable of Diversity Associations which brings together diverse professional associations and founded the Women’s General Counsel chapter of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario to support senior women in law. She is also a founding member and executive of Women General Counsel Canada which unites senior women leaders nationally. In 2016, Julia founded the Council of Ontario Universities Legal Counsel Group to create a forum for university lawyers and served as the inaugural chair. That same year, Julia spearheaded the Diverse Champions for Diversity, a grassroots team that promotes diverse lawyers and diversity in the legal profession. In 2018, Julia established the General Counsel Group of University Solicitors to share experiences and legal expertise across Canada.In her community, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Korean Canadian Arirang Age Friendly Community Centre as Vice-Chair. Julia is a founding member and chair of Lawyers for Possibility, a legal community initiative to support Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitiation Hospital. She also serves on the United Way Law Cabinet.
Julia’s charitable initiatives include the establishment of the Office of the General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors Award in Law and Business for students at Ted Rogers School of Management, and the Shin Doi and Benda Legal Drafting Prize for students at Osgoode Hall Law School.Julia’s professional and community contributions have been widely recognized.
She was recognized by The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Diversifying the Bar: Lawyers Make History project as an early and exceptional lawyer from a diverse community, and also by the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association and the Korean Canadian Leadership Development committee for her community leadership. In 2014, Julia was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), in recognition of her vision and leadership, management role, contribution to corporate performance, and community service. In 2015, Julia was awarded the Ontario Bar Association’s Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism in recognition of her outstanding volunteer commitment, advancement of the interests of the Ontario Bar Association’s membership, and promotion of the role of the legal profession in Ontario. In 2016, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association awarded Julia their highest national honour, the R.V.A. Jones Award, as her career exemplifies the highest standards of service, conduct, and professionalism. In 2017, Julia received the Award of Excellence from the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and Osgoode Hall Law School Dean’s Alumni Gold Key Award for achievement in the public sector. Julia was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential 2017 in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In 2018 the Canadian Bar Association and Canadian Corporate Counsel Association profiled her in an article entitled, “Building Success One Community at a Time”. In 2019, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers honoured Julia with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her significant and longstanding contributions to the legal community and for positive contributions made to social justice and the Asian community.
Julia attained a BA with distinction (English major) from the University of Toronto (1989), JD (1992) and LLM (2007) from Osgoode Hall Law School, was admitted to the Bar in Ontario in 1994.Julia attained the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) and completed the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program in 2016. She also completed the Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate in 2016. In 2018, Julia completed the Civil Litigation Skills Certificate offered by The Advocates’ Society.
Neil Abbott, Gowling WLG
Susan Abramovitch, Gowling WLG
Tony Alexander, Davies
Andrew Alleyne, Fasken
Aaron Bains, Aird & Berlis
Dolores Barbini, Hicks Morley
Giselle Basanta, Ryerson University
Arthur Bode, Porsche
Chris Bredt, Bencher
Rob Centa, Paliare Roland
Michelle Chaisson, Ryerson University
May Cheng, Osler
Phil Cho, Weir Foulds
Peter Choe, Gowling WLG
Andy Confente, Confente Garcea
Bindu Cudjoe, Canadian Western
Marni Dicker, Live Work Learn Play
Anne Fitzgerald, Cineplex
Charles Finlay, Cybersecure Catalyst
Mitch Frazer, Torys
Cheryl Foy, UOIT
Leonard Gangbar, Bennett Jones
Vanessa Grant, Norton Rose
Elspeth Hagan, McCain
Geoff Hall, McCarthys
Jason Hanson, Osler
Scott Hutchison, Henein Hutchison
Jake Irwin, McCarthys
Andrew Jeanrie, Bennett Jones
Jeff Knowles, McCarthys
Jolie Lin, BMO
Jonathan Lisus, Lax O'Sullivan Lisus
Helen Liu, Intact
Jennifer MacInnis, Ryerson University
Ken Nathens, Nathens Siegel
Gina Papageorgiou, Bencher
Marie Park, Barrister & Solicitor
Alex Pettingill, TGP
Andy Pushalik, Dentons
Sarah Qadeer, Home Depot Canada
Stephen Rotstein, FPSC
Paul Saguil, TD Bank
Steve Scholtz, CIBC
Godyne Sibay, McCarthys
Bianca Thomas, BMO
Alena Thouin, FSRA
Lynne Vicars, Scotiabank
Sharon Vogel, Singleton Reynolds
Peter Wardle, Bencher
Brendan Wong, BLG
Hilda Wong, First National
Richard Wong, Osler
Caroline Zayid, McCarthys