There are more than a few potential budding lawyers in our group of interns, so a visit to LAWPRO was a chance to learn about a sponsor organization as well as a company that will remain relevant in many of our lives as we move forward in our careers.
LAWPRO, or Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company, provides professional liability insurance to lawyers in Ontario, as well as TitlePLUS title insurance across the country. LAWPRO offers lawyers in Ontario liability insurance, claims administration, and risk and practice management initiatives to help prevent claims.
We had the opportunity to visit the LAWPRO headquarters down on Yonge Street and speak with President and CEO Kathleen Waters, Vice President Public Affairs Ray Leclair and Practice Pro Coordinator Tim Lemieux.
We learned a lot speaking with Kathleen, Ray and Tim. Interesting fact: one third of the claims that LAWPRO deals with are due to poor lawyer/client communication. This fact reinforces the importance of good communication in any profession. We also found out that LAWPRO offers neat programs like www.avoidaclaim.com which, much as the name suggests, helps lawyers understand how they can avoid facing claims.
While our meeting with LAWPRO involved mostly learning about their work, our relationship with LAWPRO is about more than just business. Thanks to LAWPRO’s generosity, I was fortunate enough to attend the NourishHOPE Dinner & Charity Auction a couple days prior to our meeting at LAWPRO’s headquarters. The NourishHOPE event was hosted by the International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights agency that works to secure justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression in countries around the world. IJM lawyers aim to ensure that public justice systems, including police, courts and laws, protect the poor from violence. IJM does fascinating, admirable work and it was great to learn about this organization that LAWPRO supports.
My interaction with LAWPRO has taken me from international human rights work to professional liability insurance. Though these two fields may appear to be worlds apart, they are both important facets of the legal profession. I appreciate that through my interaction with LAWPRO, I have been able to gain a better understanding of the breadth of the legal profession.
It was a pleasure to spend time with Kathleen, Ray and Tim, and learn about the good work they do at LAWPRO. We would like to thank them for taking the time to meet with us and for their continued support of OLIP.