Lippa elected LSUC paralegal bencher

Toronto paralegal Marian Lippa has been elected to the Law Society of Upper Canada’s paralegal standing committee as one of five benchers.

Ontario’s licensed paralegals elected Lippa and four others during an online election held March 12 to 31.

In an interview with, Lippa says she’s “honoured and privileged” to be elected  to represent her profession.

“It’s an opportunity for fresh ideas on the committee and I intend to work closely with my colleagues and the other lawyer benchers to ensure the public interests are met,” she says.

The term of office is four years.

As a bencher, Lippa will participate in and vote at Convocation, the law society’s governing body.

As a member of the paralegal standing committee, she will play a prominent role in the regulation and governance of her profession through policy development, as well as the regulation and licensing of paralegals in Ontario.

“That assists us with having recognition in the legal community and assists us with being a part of the decision-making process,” she says. “It’s recognition for the role that we play in access to justice and within the legal community.”

Lippa’s election platform highlighted the need for educational reform for paralegals that would expand the areas of law that are currently part of the college training program and bring more university programs online. For more information, click here.

"I will continue to work with the paralegal standing committee to change legislation that excludes paralegals," she says.

Paralegal benchers also sit as adjudicators to consider cases relating to the licensing, competence, conduct and capacity of paralegals, the Law Society of Upper Canada says on its website.

“Convocation is pleased to welcome the five elected paralegal benchers,” Law Society Treasurer Thomas G. Conway says in a news release. “Their participation at Convocation will enhance the governance of the profession.”

The passage of Bill 111, Modernizing Regulation of the Legal Profession Act, 2013, last December increased the number of law society paralegal benchers from two to five.

The other elected paralegal benchers are: Robert Burd of Brampton, Cathy Corsetti of Mississauga, Michelle L. Haigh of Burlington and Brian Lawrie of Mississauga.

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