CBA President Kevin Carroll makes rule of law a priority for his 2009-2010 tenure in office

  • August 17, 2009

DUBLIN, IRELAND – The new President of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), D. Kevin Carroll of Barrie, Ontario, intends to strengthen the CBA’s commitment to national and international public advocacy, while supporting lawyers’ interests through continuing legal education and other professional development programs.

“We are the leader and voice of the Canadian legal profession in a complex, changing world,” Mr. Carroll says. “We are and will remain the determined advocate of the profession and the champion of the rule of law across Canada and around the world.”

Mr. Carroll plans to highlight the CBA’s international programs that support the rule of law in countries where legal systems are evolving. The CBA will focus on access to justice programs in Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia, funded by CIDA. Since 1990, the CBA has delivered legal and justice reform projects in 30 countries in Asia, Africa, Central Europe and the Caribbean.

“By doing the work we do abroad, we demonstrate the intrinsic value of respect for the rule of law. We also show the practical value of an independent legal profession, an independent judiciary, and the dignity of the individual,” Mr. Carroll says.

In Canada, the CBA advocates on behalf of the profession through its submissions presented to the federal government. “The CBA brings an important public perspective to the Canadian legislative agenda,” Mr. Carroll says. “I see this work as critical to the CBA’s credibility with both our members and the members of the Canadian public.”

Mr. Carroll aims to promote lawyers’ interests through enhanced opportunities for continuing legal education and the development of practical tools to improve their efficiency and effectiveness as they solve clients’ problems. “During the year ahead, I intend to place a major new emphasis on our growing professional development programs,” Mr. Carroll says. The CBA will look at tailoring CLE programs for delivery to specific groups in CBA firms and developing an online tool to help members track CLE credits.

Senior partner in the eight-lawyer firm Carroll Heyd Chown, Mr. Carroll is engaged exclusively in insurance-related litigation (personal injury, property and casualty claims, professional liability, occupier’s liability and products liability). Mr. Carroll has served as a member of the CBA’s National Executive, National and Ontario Councils, and was elected Branch President of the Ontario Bar Association in 1993-1994. In June 2004, he was awarded The Law Society of Upper Canada Medal for outstanding contribution to the legal profession. 

A native of Nova Scotia, Mr. Carroll graduated from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, N.S. (B.A., 1965), and received his LL.B. from Dalhousie Law School in 1968. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1970 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981. Mr. Carroll served in the Royal Canadian Army from 1962 to 1970 in the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and the Office of the Judge Advocate General, retiring with the rank of Captain.

Kevin Carroll receives the CBA Presidential Chain of Office from outgoing President Guy Joubert at the Canadian Legal Conference Closing Lunch on Tuesday, Aug. 18 in Dublin, Ireland. The event is open to accredited media who have registered with CBA Communications, located in Boardroom 1, Conrad Hotel, Dublin, Ireland.

The Canadian Bar Association is dedicated to support for the rule of law, and improvement in the law and the administration of justice. Some 37,000 lawyers, law teachers, and law students from across Canada are members.

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CONTACT:  Hannah Bernstein, Canadian Bar Association, Tel: (613) 237-2925, ext. 146; E-mail: hannahb@cba.org.