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Seeking Regulatory Sandbox Advisory Council Members

Seeking Regulatory Sandbox Advisory Council Members

By: Chair | August 19, 2021

By: Bencher Jacqueline Horvat, Chair of the Technology Task Force

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will launch a “regulatory sandbox” this Fall which will allow providers of innovative technological legal services (ITLS) to serve Ontario consumers while operating under the LSO’s supervision.

I’m very excited about this project’s potential to provide innovative ways for consumers to address their legal issues. This forward-thinking initiative will allow the LSO to proactively develop an effective regulatory framework to manage ITLS. 

Eligibility will be open to a broad range of ITLS involving any legal function from any type of applicant – licensee, non-licensee, not-for-profit or for-profit corporation. Applicants’ tools or programs must feature the innovative delivery of legal services via technology.

We are seeking individuals with a range of experience and expertise to serve as members of the Advisory Council. Advisory Council members will help to steer the sandbox to meet its objectives. Members will review applications from ITLS providers and make recommendations for approval to take part in the sandbox. Members will also play a role in the ongoing evaluation of  participants and will provide advice and insights to the sandbox’s management team.

We are looking for strong, independent voices who will contribute meaningfully to the success of this project and help guide the LSO towards innovation in its regulatory framework.

After a provider 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.

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.

I hope you are interested in this unique opportunity to support this groundbreaking initiative. I encourage you to read more about the sandbox pilot project, as well as the full call for applications which includes the link to the online application form.

Applications are requested by Sept. 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis prior to the deadline.

If you have questions, please feel free to ask me directly jacqueline@spark.law or the LSO team submissions@lso.ca

Thank you.
 
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