Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 27, 2013 13:35 ET

Law Society Announces Appointment of Tribunal Chair

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 27, 2013) - The Law Society announced today that David A. Wright will serve as the organization's first full time independent non-bencher Tribunal Chair. Mr. Wright has been appointed for a four-year term commencing in September 2013.

This is a new position, approved by Convocation in June 2012 as part of the Law Society's enhancements to its adjudicative model. The new chair will be supported by two part-time vice chairs who are elected benchers.

"The establishment of this new position will further the Law Society's commitment to a hearing process that is transparent, fair and effective for both the public and the affected licensees," says Law Society Treasurer Thomas G. Conway. "We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Wright, a leader and innovator in administrative tribunals, to this position."

Mr. Wright holds an LLM from the New York University School of Law (2000) as well as an LLB and BCL from the McGill University Faculty of Law (1998). He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2001.

Most recently, he served as associate chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO), Social Justice Tribunals Ontario. Prior to that, he was interim chair of the HRTO (2009-11) and vice chair (2007-09).

Prior to his appointment as an adjudicator, he practised as a bilingual litigation and labour lawyer, appearing before a variety of administrative tribunals and all levels of courts. He was law clerk to Madame Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1998-99.

Mr. Wright is a member of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, the Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario, the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators and the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals.

Additionally, he has served as an executive member and conference chair of the Constitutional and Human Rights Section of the Canadian Bar Association (2006-09) and as an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association's Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section (2002-10) and as its chair (2006-08).

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a mandate to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

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