Local Lawyer Elected First Row to the Law Society of Ontario

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A Windsor lawyer and University of Windsor alumnus has been elected to the highest office of the Law Society of Ontario.

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Jacqueline Horvat, founding partner of Spark Law, was appointed treasurer of the Law Society this week and will officially take office on June 28.

“I’m excited and really looking forward to starting to work on what we can accomplish next year,” Horvat told The Star.

The Law Society of Ontario is a regulatory body for all lawyers and paralegals in the province, with over 50,000 lawyers and approximately 10,000 paralegals as members. Forty elected legal advisers and five elected paralegal advisers, along with eight paralegal advisers appointed by the provincial government, form the convocation — similar to a board of directors.

The treasurer is similar to the chairman of a board of directors and is elected by the 53 members of the Bar.

Horvat, a civil and commercial lawyer, said her top priority as treasurer will be governance reform, in particular the creation of a task force to look at reducing the size of the board. .

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“I think it would make us more efficient at what we do and it would reduce costs,” Horvat said. “It would keep us focused on the issues and wouldn’t allow some advisors to take a lot of time and space away from important issues.”

Horvat was first elected to the Bar in 2011 as a bencher and re-elected in 2015 and 2019. She has served on numerous Bar committees, including as Chair of the Technology Task Force and Vice Chair of strategic and consultative planning. Committee. She said she plans to continue the Law Society’s focus on technology and innovation.

Horvat would also like to create a committee on the future that probes what the legal profession will look like decades from now, “so that we are prepared and not caught off guard by future innovations or changes in technology,” she said.

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“The Law Society has a history of being reactive to issues rather than proactive. I would like to see us evolve in the direction of being more proactive in dealing with the problems of the profession.

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Earlier this year, Horvat was appointed to the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Appointments. She is the Ontario representative on the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, as well as an occasional lecturer and frequent guest lecturer at the University of Windsor Law School.

“Jacqueline will be a great asset to the Law Society as Treasurer,” said Reem Bahdi, Dean of UWindsor Law School. “She has extensive professional experience and a long track record of serving the public interest. We offer our sincere congratulations to him and to the Bar on his election.

Horvat is the sixth female Treasurer in the Law Society’s 225-year history. This is the first time the position of treasurer has passed from one woman to another, with Horvat’s predecessor being Teresa Donnelly.

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