Rebecca Durcan

REBECCA DURCAN

Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc

WHERE I WORK

I love my job. I work with incredible lawyers and dynamic clients at SML. SML is a small firm (9 lawyers) and we practise exclusively in professional regulation.

My practice is diverse and incredibly interesting. As prosecution counsel I represent the college in discipline hearings. As independent legal counsel to discipline committees, I assist lay panels in providing advice so that they may make informed decisions. As general counsel I assist registrars and councils manoeuver through governance matters by developing policy, drafting by-laws, and providing practical advice. All of my roles are tethered to ensuring the public interest is protected. I believe that this experience is particularly helpful to being a bencher.

WHY I'M RUNNING

In the summer of 2014, Beth Symes asked if I would be interested in running for bencher. I instantly said yes.

I have been practising for thirteen years. Since 2009 I have been practising exclusively in the area of professional regulation. I am keenly aware of the trends in professional regulation and the importance of maintaining the confidence of the public in our model of self-regulation. I believe that my experiences, both professional and personal, will assist LSUC discharge its statutory duty to protect the public.

IF ELECTED AS BENCHER, I WOULD STRIVE TO DO THE FOLLOWING:


1

Highlight the importance of access to justice

Advocate that LSUC do more to ensure that all Ontarians, most notably low-income families, have access to justice. Ontario court systems and processes need to be simplified so that all Ontarians can access the justice system. It simply is too slow, expensive and cumbersome. LSUC can lend its voice to this debate and development so that a “collaborative, cooperative and systemic approach” is created which will benefit all Ontarians – especially those who need it the most.





3

Increase diversity within the profession and leadership ranks

Advocate for a diverse legal profession. LSUC is there not to advance the profession but to ensure that the public is protected. However, the public benefits by a robust and diverse legal profession. It is in the interest of the public that women remain within the profession and assume positions of leadership. It is in the interest of the public that more members of the Aboriginal and racialized communities become and remain as lawyers and assume positions of leadership. LSUC can act as a beacon and demonstrate how such diversity can be achieved and increased.

2

Support small firms

Support small firms so that they can better serve Ontarians. Lawyers in small firms face de facto higher hurdles than lawyers in larger firms. Smaller firms have difficulty hiring articling students or attracting associates. Lawyers in small firms are disproportionately represented at discipline hearings. LSUC can assist in this regard by incentivizing the hiring of articling students and associates and provide resources to smaller firms to ensure that its lawyers meet the obligations of LSUC and avoid complaints and appearances before the discipline committee.





4

Commit to heightened transparency

Regulators across Ontario are being asked to share more information about its members/licensees with the public. LSUC needs to determine if enough information is displayed on the Register so that it maintains the confidence of the public to discharge its statutory duty.

WHO I AM

I was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in Burlington, Ontario. I am married to Shane Smith and mother to Harry (8), Jude (6) and Teddy (3).


  • 2009-Present

    Joined Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc

    Partner in firm dedicated to professional regulation
    Founded by Richard Steinecke, Julia Martin and Julie Maciura in 1997

  • 2003-2006

    Attended Osgoode Hall Law School

    Obtained my Masters in Health Law

  • 2003-2009

    Joined Miller Thomson LLP in Toronto

    Practice focussed on malpractice defence on behalf of hospitals and regulated health professionals

  • 2002

    Called to the Bar

    Ontario

  • 2000-2001

    Articled at Miller Thomson LLP

    Assisted at the Walkerton Inquiry and lived in Walkerton

  • 1997-2000

    Attended University of Windsor Law School

  • 1993-1997

    Attended Queen’s University

    Obtained my BAH in History

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Rebecca Catherine Durcan
Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc
401 Bay Street, Suite 2308
Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4

Email: rdurcan@sml-law.com
Telephone: 416.644.4783
Fax: 416.593.7867

 @Durcanrebecca

  Rebecca Durcan