Mitch Kowalski is running for LSUC Bencher and I would encourage lawyers to cast their vote for him.
Mitch is a sole practitioner working in association with Shapiro Cho. He was called to the Bar in 1991 and holds an LL.M. in Real Estate Law and an ICD.D Designation from Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada).
Mitch has had a varied career: former partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP; former partner at Aylesworth LLP; and former in-house solicitor at City of Toronto. He is the author of The Profitable Law Firm, to be published by the American Bar Association in Fall, 2011. He has been a contributor to The National Post’s Blog, Legal Post since 2007. He was the author and editor of Canadian Forms and Precedents – Commercial Real Estate Financing, LexisNexis Butterworths from 2002 – 2004. He is currently the Chair of the ORC Compensation & HR Committee, the Vice-Chair of the ORC Business Operations Committee and an Independent ORC Director.
Here’s what Mitch has written as part of his platform:
In the 20 years since my call to the bar I have seen a Law Society that has become increasingly disconnected from the average lawyer in this province. A Law Society that reacts at glacial pace, if at all, to matters of real importance to the day-to-day life of lawyers and the public. A Law Society that is obsessed with regulation and ring-fencing at the expense of innovation.
This attitude is no longer sustainable.
As Richard Susskind notes in The End of Lawyers, “Law was not created for the benefit of lawyers any more than illness was created for the benefit of the medical profession.” The Law Society can no longer operate on the notion that lawyers will always have the exclusive right to deliver legal services.
We need fresh new ideas and bold initiatives to address the changing legal landscape.
The Benchers that we elect in 2011 need to have a vision of the future of law. They need to be aware of and embrace legal innovation world-wide.
The Benchers that we elect in 2011 will be required to understand the Cloud, SaaS, LPOs, social media, value-based billing, alternative firm structures that allow for outside investment and many other innovations. Many legal governing bodies around the world allow new structures and service delivery models that benefit both the public and lawyers. It is time for us to join them.
If you believe that the Law Society is need of reform, I ask for your vote and that of your colleagues.
To find out more about Mitch’s concerns and ideas, you can visit his blog: http://kowalskiforbencher.blogspot.com/, check out his facebook profile (search”Kowalski for Bencher 2011″) and you can follow him on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mekowalski.
Best of luck Mitch!