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Regulatory Sandbox Advisory Council – Call for Applications

The opportunity

This fall, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will launch a five-year “regulatory sandbox” pilot project, which will allow the LSO to assess the potential benefits of innovative technological legal services (ITLS) while enhancing public protection. Operators of ITLS tools and programs will apply to participate in the sandbox, and if approved, will be permitted to serve Ontario consumers while complying with risk-based operating and reporting requirements. After a participant has completed its period in the sandbox, the LSO, with the assistance of the Advisory Council, will evaluate its performance and determine whether, and under what conditions, the participant may be permitted to continue providing the services to the public.

For more information about this initiative, visit the Technology Task Force’s web page or read the “Report on Regulatory Sandbox for Innovative Technological Legal Services”, which was approved by the LSO’s Convocation (Board of Directors) on April 22, 2021. 

Your expertise can help support innovation in Ontario’s legal services

The LSO invites qualified individuals to apply for membership on the sandbox’s Advisory Council, where you will help to steer this pilot project to meet its objectives. Advisory Council members will review applications and make recommendations for approval to enter into the sandbox. Advisory Council members will also play an ongoing role in evaluating participants and will provide ongoing advice and insights to the sandbox’s management team.

We seek Advisory Council members with a range of expertise, including:

  • legal technology and innovation;
  • legal regulation and professional ethics;
  • priority legal practice areas such as family law, wills and powers of attorney, and employment law;
  • consumer protection and/or consumer advocacy;
  • economics;
  • regulatory sandboxes;
  • government or judicial administration; and,
  • data protection, cybersecurity and/or privacy.

The commitment

The Advisory Council will meet regularly beginning this fall, via videoconference or in person (in accordance with public health measures) and will hold ad hoc meetings as needed. We ask that members plan to serve on a voluntary basis for a minimum of two years.

Apply online

Apply to join the Advisory Council via our online form. Please complete your application by Sept. 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis prior to the deadline.

Questions?

Contact submissions@lso.ca.

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