Linda Rothstein first woman chair of Law Foundation

Posted: 07/11/2016

Linda RothsteinFormer Law Society bencher Linda R. Rothstein, LSM, has been elected the new chair of The Law Foundation of Ontario by its Board of Trustees.

Ms. Rothstein is the first woman to hold the position.

The role became available when previous Law Foundation chair, Paul Schabas, stepped down after his successful election as Law Society Treasurer on June 23.

“Linda is one of the most passionate and dedicated advocates of access to justice I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” Treasurer Schabas said. “I’m leaving the Board in very capable hands and I’m excited to see how the Foundation will evolve under her leadership.” Treasurer Schabas had been a member of the Foundation board for nine years, two of those as chair.

Ms. Rothstein is a partner of Paliare Roland in Toronto and one of Ontario’s leading advocates. She has a diverse practice that encompasses many areas of civil and administrative litigation. She has taken on many high-profile cases, including commission counsel to the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology, and lead counsel to the Motherisk Hair Analysis Review.

A Law Society bencher from 2007 to 2015, Ms. Rothstein is a past president of The Advocates’ Society and a current board member of Public Health Ontario. Among her many awards of distinction, Ms. Rothstein was recognized with the Law Society Medal (LSM) in 2005 for career excellence.

“It’s a real honour for me to take on this role,” said Ms. Rothstein, who served as a Foundation trustee since 2014. “I’m regularly moved and impressed by the projects we fund: from teaching youth about their human rights to training front line workers to assist women who have experienced domestic violence. We have a real opportunity and responsibility at the Foundation to fund work that is actually making a difference and addressing people’s legal needs.”

The Law Foundation of Ontario is the sole foundation in Ontario with the mandate of improving access to justice. Through granting and collaboration, the Foundation invests in knowledge and services that help people understand the law and use it to improve their lives. Since its establishment in 1974, the Law Foundation has directed over $900 million to Legal Aid Ontario and funded over $250 million in grants to advance access to justice.