Access to Justice All-Star: Lisa NakamuraNSRLP
Lisa Nakamura is a Senior Policy Analyst with the British Columbia Ministry of Justice, based in the innovative Dispute Resolution Office. Over the past 12 months, Lisa has been one of the most frequent users and enthusiastic supporters of the NSRLP SRL Speakers Bank, regularly asking for suggestions for SRLs to serve on committees and policy groups developing resources for SRLs. Lisa turns the stereotype of a mechanistic, cautious bureaucrat on its head. She is open and candid about the impact on her thinking of the poignant stories of SRLs. Lisa is committed to including the voice of SRLs as stakeholders in the justice system, regarding their participation as essential to both the integrity and the practicalities of justice system reform.
Lisa has been nominated to the Access to Justice All-Stars Team by SRL Jennifer Muller, who writes, “”Since my first communication with Lisa via email, I was struck by her genuine interest and respect for me as an SRL. Over the course of several months Lisa’s commitment to getting the voices of SRLs heard was made evident to me again and again. She followed up with me after A2J events, curious to hear my point of view and was extremely encouraging of my participation as a justice system stakeholder. Most recently, I was invited to attend and speak at a Justice Summit in British Columbia. My invitation to such an event, and my voice there, would never have occurred without individuals like Lisa who are committed to the inclusivity of all citizens in our collective pursuit of justice system reform.”
Congratulations Lisa, and we hope that you will be an example to others in policymaking roles!