Endorsement for Anita Szigeti by Jane Meadus

Anita Szigeti is a true champion of the underdog, and I am honoured to endorse her for bencher.  Throughout her career, Anita has fought selflessly for the most marginalized of our society, those with mental illnesses.  Throughout, her hard work and dedication has worked to change the face of mental health law, from the board level right up to the Supreme Court of Canada.

This hard work and dedication is what is required to be a bencher, and it is what Anita will bring to the job.  As a long-time advocate for legal aid, Anita will bring a unique voice  to the Law Society, that of the certificate lawyer working in the trenches.

Not only a brilliant litigator, Anita also finds time to write, with the annual A Guide to Consent & Capacity Law in Ontario, now in its 11th edition, which she writes with her long-time law partner, D’Arcy Hiltz.

Anita has never done anything halfway:  as a bencher, she will bring her passion, thoughtfulness and creativity to representing lawyers, and specifically clinic lawyers and those who accept legal aid certificates.  I hope that you will consider voting for her to bring a fresh  perspective to the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Jane E. Meadus

 


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About anitaszigeti

• Called to the Bar (1992) • U of T Law grad (1990) • Sole practitioner (8 years) • Partner in small law firm (Hiltz Szigeti) since 2002 • Mom to two astonishing kids, Scarlett (8) and Sebastian (5) • (Founding) Chair of Mental Health Legal Committee for nine years (1997 to 2006) • Counsel to clients with serious mental health issues before administrative tribunals and on appeals • Former Chair, current member of LAO’s mental health law advisory committee • Educator, lecturer, widely published author (including text book on consent and capacity law) • Fifteen years’ experience as counsel to almost exclusively legally aided clients • Frequently appointed amicus curiae • Fearless advocate • Not entirely humourless
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