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The Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate was originally formed to deal with initiatives instituted by several mortgage lenders to outsource back office mortgage operations to large corporate intermediaries. These initiatives placed the third party intermediary between the financial institution and the lawyer.

 
 

As the Working Group began its dialogue with the profession, it became evident that a concerted and unified approach to other issues facing the real estate lawyer was needed. In light of this need, members of the Working Group felt that it was imperative to expand the Working Group's focus to deal not only with the lawyer's relationship with mortgage lenders but their relationship with consumer clients and other entities involved in a real estate transaction, with a particular view to reinforcing and re-establishing the lawyer as a real estate professional and "quarter back" of the transaction.

 
 

The Working Group is comprised of representatives from the County and District Law Presidents Association ("CDLPA"), the Ontario Bar Association ("OBA") and the Ontario Real Estate Lawyers Association ("ORELA"). Its members are:

 
  Jeffrey Schwartz (2003) Co-Chair
Jerry Udell (2003) Co-Chair
Kim Little (2003)
Maurizio Romanin (2003)
Merredith MacLennan (2014)
Michael Allemano (2011)
Randall Johns (2011)
Ray Leclair (2003)
 
 

The mandate of the Working Group was formally set out in a Joint Resolution adopted by all 3 founding organizations. You can click on the phrase "Joint Resolution" above to view this document.

 

Retired Members:
Clare Brunetta (2003-2009)
Deborah Rogers (2003-2004)
Kathleen Waters (2003-2008)
Paul Dixon (2003-2011)
Sally Burks (2003-2013)