At Spark LLP we don’t take ourselves too seriously. But we are serious about our work. We are serious about providing top-quality, practical, and cost-effective legal advice to our clients. And we are serious about our profession.
We actively participate in the governance of the profession. Jacqueline was first elected as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2011 (Benchers are members of “Convocation” which is the governing body of the Law Society). At the time, Jacqueline was the youngest bencher ever elected. She was elected to a second term in 2015, and continues to work to improve the profession.
We are also involved in the Ontario Bar Association (Jeff is on the OBA Insolvency Section Executive and the OBA Privacy and Access to Information Section Executive), and we are members of the Advocates’ Society, and many other professional organizations. We mentor young lawyers, teach continuing legal education courses and law school courses, and we are members of boards of directors of legal organizations.
Most importantly, we strive to be examples to our peers in the way we practice law. We strongly believe that fearless and zealous advocacy is not incompatible with professional courtesy and civility—and not just in litigation, but in all practice areas.