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A2J Week 2021: Making connections: Promoting the role of paralegals in access to justice

October 28, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
4 – 5:30 p.m.

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This program contains 1 hour of Professionalism Content.

Paralegals play an important role in providing access to justice. This session will explore how licensees can leverage their networks to increase access to justice and raise public awareness of the legal services provided by paralegals. Communication experts will share their insights on effective strategies for stakeholder engagement, and participants will have the opportunity to discuss and brainstorm ideas in interactive breakout sessions.

After this session, participants will:
  • Be ready to develop strategies to leverage their networks to promote access to justice
  • Understand the role stakeholder engagement plays in increasing public awareness
  • Understand the effective use of the tools available to engage with stakeholders and the general public.


Caroline Pinto is managing principal and a co-founder of Counsel Public Affairs. She provides strategic political and policy advice across a broad range of issues and sectors, including health care, the sharing economy, housing and land development, forestry, Indigenous issues, regulated industries and professions including the legal profession and paralegals, as well as a host of not-for profit sectors. Caroline has been engaged in access to justice issues from various perspectives and was intimately involved in the early consultations with and planning of paralegal regulation in Ontario. Caroline’s profound understanding of the political and public policy development process stems from her work as policy advisor to the Attorney General of Ontario and Minister responsible for Native affairs under the Mike Harris government from 1995 to 1998. Building on her experience in government, she had a two-year stint as vice president and director in the private/public partnership group at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Prior to her more than 20-year career in politics and government relations in and around Queen’s Park, Caroline practiced law in Ontario.


Cathy Corsetti
Law Society of Ontario
Chair, Access to Justice Committee, Family law working group

Shelina Lalji
Law Society of Ontario

Sheena Weir
Executive Director, External Relations & Communications
Law Society of Ontario

Wynna Brown
Director, External Relations & Communications
Law Society of Ontario
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