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December 2016 Convocation


Strategies to address systemic racism in the professions approved

Convocation approved a strategic framework with 13 recommendations to address issues of systemic racism in the legal professions. The recommendations fall into five broad categories: accelerating culture shift; measuring progress; educating for change; implementing supports; and leading by example.

The framework was proposed by the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group following extensive study and consultation. The Working Group found that racialized lawyers and paralegals face longstanding and significant challenges at all stages of their legal careers.

Convocation also agreed that as it moves forward with the implementation of the recommendations for racialized licensees the Law Society will ensure that the initiatives are extended to all equality-seeking groups while continuing to ensure that the needs of racialized licensees are fully acknowledged and addressed.  

 Full report.

Rules of Practice and Procedure amended

The General Heading form of the Law Society Tribunal Appeal Division Rules of Practice and Procedure was amended. Full report.


Benchers Gisèle Chrétien, Ross Earnshaw, Jacqueline Horvat and W. A. Derry Millar were reappointed to the LibraryCo Inc. Board of Directors. Bencher Michelle Haigh was appointed to the Litigation Committee. Bencher Isfahan Merali was removed from the Human Rights Monitoring Group at her own request.

Matters not reached

The decision items were deferred:

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group request for intervention
  • Paralegal Standing Committee Report
  • Professional Regulation Committee Report
  • Treasurer’s Appointment Advisory Group Report



Public Minutes

Public Transcript


Treasurer's Remarks

Consent Agenda - Motion

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation - November 9 and 17, 2016
  • Motions
    • Appointments
    • Proposed Amendment to the Law Society Tribunal Appeal Division Rules of Practice
      and Procedure
  • Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence - Deemed Call Candidates

Report of the Chief Executive Officer

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee/Comité sur l'équité et les affaires autochtones Report


  • Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Final Report
  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Request for Interventions
  • For Information:
    • Public Education Equality and Rule of Law Series Calendar Winter 2017

Paralegal Standing Committee Report


  • Amendments to the Paralegal Rules of Conduct

Professional Regulation Committee Report


  • Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • For Information:
    • Judicial Complaints Report
    • Professional Regulation Division Quarterly Report

Treasurer's Appointments Advisory Group Report

  • Proposed Appointments Process

Federation of Law Societies of Canada Update

Notices of Motion


Treasurer's Report 


Opinion on Working Group's Recommendation re: Challenges Facing Racialized Licensees


Reports for Information Only

Audit and Finance Committee Report

 Law Society Financial Statements Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016

  • LibraryCo Inc. Financial Statements Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016
  • Investment Compliance Reporting
  • Other Committee Work

Report from The Action Group on Access to Justice


Terms or Concepts Explained