Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Mahmud Jamal

By CBA/ABC National April 17, 201817 April 2018

Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Mahmud Jamal


CBA National: What is your main motivation for giving back as a CBA volunteer?

Mahmud Jamal: The CBA is the national voice of the legal profession in Canada, so it’s important for all of us to contribute to it if we want a strong legal profession that plays its proper role in Canadian society. I’ve always considered myself very lucky to be a lawyer in one of the freest and most tolerant countries in the world. Volunteer work for the CBA is one small way of thanking a profession that has provided so many opportunities for me.

N: We’ve all heard the saying, “Be the change you wish to see.” What is it that you want to achieve by giving your time to the CBA?

MJ: The issue that has been most important to me as a CBA volunteer is the protection of solicitor-client privilege. The CBA has been a very strong voice in seeking to protect the privilege for Canadians, by explaining its importance to the rule of law and in securing access to justice. By working to protect the privilege, the CBA has allowed me and other lawyers to serve their clients under the protection of confidentiality. That means better legal advice and better access to justice for everyone concerned.

N: Has anything surprised you in what you've taken away from the experience?

MJ: Not so much surprised as impressed -- I’ve always been very impressed with the professionalism and thoughtfulness of my colleagues at the CBA. The CBA staff care deeply about the issues they confront and are very alive to the various constituencies within the legal profession. They’re always a pleasure to work with.


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