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June 2016 Convocation


Paul B. Schabas elected Treasurer of the Law Society

Paul B. Schabas has been elected to lead the Law Society as its 66th Treasurer. Treasurer Schabas is a partner and senior trial and appellate counsel at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He was first elected a bencher of the Law Society in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He succeeds former Treasurer Janet E. Minor.  

Law Society seeks further input on advertising and fee arrangements

The Law Society’s Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group is seeking the professions’ input regarding issues related to advertising, referral fees and fee arrangements, as described in its report. The final date to submit comments is September 30, 2016. The working group was formed in February 2016, following a call for input on proposed amendments to the advertising rules that revealed a need for additional, focused study. Full report.

Law Society launches Canada’s first Certified Specialist Program in Indigenous legal issues 

The Law Society has launched a new Certified Specialist Program in Indigenous legal issues. Lawyers with the appropriate expertise, including demonstrated inter-cultural competence, may soon apply to be recognized as a leader in their field. Implementation of the program will continue over the summer months and the application process will be open to all Ontario lawyers in the fall. The Indigenous legal issues specialty is the 16th specialty area of the Law Society’s Certified Specialist Program. Full report.

 Law Society renews support for Law Commission of Ontario

Convocation reaffirmed support in principle for the mandate of the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO). The LCO researches issues and recommends law reform measures to make the law more accessible to all Ontarians. It was established, in 2007, by five partners: the Ministry of the Attorney General, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, the Law Deans of Ontario, the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Full report.

 Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions approved

Interventions in the following cases were approved by Convocation:

  • Lawyer Juan Carlos Gutiérrez – Venezuela
  • Lawyer Nabeel Adib Abdallah – Sudan
  • Lawyer Jean Kisumbule Muteba – Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Lawyer Negad El-Borai – Egypt
  • Lawyer Taimoor Karimi – Bahrain

Full report.

 Rules of Practice and Procedure amended

Convocation approved clarifying amendments to the Law Society Tribunal Rules of Practice and Procedure. The amendments update Tribunal procedures and reflect current Convocation policy. Full report.

 By-Law 7 amended re: surrender of Professional Corporation Certificate

Convocation amended By-Law 7 [Business Entities] to remove the requirement that a professional corporation provide an accountant’s certificate when surrendering a certificate of authorization. This change reflects current practice. Full report.



Public Minutes

Public Transcript

Election of Treasurer


Treasurer's Remarks

Consent Agenda - Motion

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation - May 26, 2016
  • Audit & Finance Committee Report - Appointment of the Law Society's Auditor
  • Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence - Deemed Call Candidates

Professional Regulation Committee Report

  • Proposed Amendments to By-Law 7

For Information

  • Report of the Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group

Access to Justice Committee Report

  • Financial Support for the Law Commission of Ontario

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


  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Request for Interventions

For Information

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Responses to Interventions
  • Equity Legal Education and Rule of Law Series Calendar 2016

Tribunal Committee Report

  • Proposed Amendments to the Law Society Tribunal Rules of Practice and Procedure

For Information

  • Tribunal 2015 Annual Report
  • Tribunal 2016 First Quarter Statistics

Federation of Law Societies of Canada Update


Report of the Chief Executive Officer

Audit & Finance Committee Report

  • Financial Support for the Law Commission of Ontario
  • LibraryCo Inc. First Quarter Financial Statements 2016
  • Other Committee Work

Government Relations and Public Affairs Committee Report (in camera item)

Priority Planning Committee Report

Progress Report on the Law Society's Strategic Plan 2015-2019

Professional Development and Competence Committee Report

  • Indigenous Legal Issues Specialty
  • Appointments to Certified Specialist Board

Report from The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)

Treasurer's Engagement Report


Terms or Concepts Explained