Robert Burd elected chair of Paralegal Standing Committee

Posted: 04/26/2018

Robert BurdBencher Robert Burd was elected as the new chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee (PSC) at the committee’s monthly meeting in April 2018. He succeeds Bencher Michelle L. Haigh, who served as chair since April 2015.

In his eight years of service as a bencher and a PSC member, Robert Burd has been involved in a wide range of activities at the Law Society. From participating in committees such as the Professional Development and Competence Committee, Professional Regulation Committee, and Access to Justice Committee to initiatives such as the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group, he has committed himself fully to the responsibilities of steering the legal professions in the interest of the public.

“I am honoured my peers had the confidence in me to elect me as a bencher and, in turn, that my colleagues on the committee had the confidence to elect me as chair,” says Burd. “I look forward to working with the committee and the rest of Convocation, as chair of the PSC, on the key issues before us including licensing requirements, access to justice, and enhancing our communications with the professions.”

Burd assumes the chair of the PSC with a long, engaged career in the profession. He has been a paralegal for over 27 years, with executive-level experience since the mid-90s and has been involved with paralegal regulation throughout its development. One of his primary goals is to create more transparency in the work of the PSC among the paralegal profession in Ontario.

Several members of Burd’s family are paralegals. He leads the firm Not Guilty Plea Paralegal Services Professional Corporation. He holds a BSc from the University of Toronto and was previously the President of the Ontario Paralegal Association.

On May 1, 2018, as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of paralegal regulation in Ontario, Burd will moderate a panel discussion at the Lamont Learning Centre of the Law Society.

See the event listing to learn more and register: Paralegal Decade: Celebrating Ten Years of Regulation.

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