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May 2017 Convocation

Convocation was webcast on May 25, 2017. View the archived webcast.

 Single bencher election date approved
Convocation approved the Governance Task Force’s recommendation to change the bencher election process so there is a single election date for the lawyer and paralegal bencher elections. Convocation also approved the Governance Task Force’s recommendation that for paralegal benchers, all service at the Law Society as a member of the Paralegal Standing Committee, either appointed or elected, and as a bencher, should count towards the 12 year bencher term limit. Full story. Full report.

Other decisions
Appointments approved
By-Law 11 amended re: investigative powers and payment of orders for costs
Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions approved



Public Minutes

Public Transcript


Treasurer's Remarks

Consent Agenda - Motion

  •  Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation – April 27, 2017
  •  Motion – Law Society Tribunal Reappointments
  •  Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence - Deemed Call Candidates 

Report of the Chief Executive Officer

Professional Regulation Committee Report

  • Proposed Amendments to By-Law 11

For Information:

  • Professional Regulation Division 2016 End-of-Year Report
  • Analysis of Complaints Received in the Professional Regulation Division 2016
  • Report on Law Society Compliance with National Discipline Standards

Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee/Comité sur l’équité et les affaires autochtones 

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Interventions

 For Information

  • Equity Legal Education and Rule of Law Series Calendar Spring/Summer 2017

Governance Task Force 2016 Report

  • Single Date for the Election of Benchers
  • Calculation of the 12-Year Term Limit for Paralegal Benchers

 For Information

  • Five-Year Review of By-Law 3 Provisions for Emeritus Treasurers

Reports for Information Only

Tribunal Committee Report

  • Law Society Tribunal 2016 Annual Report

Audit & Finance Committee Report

  • Law Society of Upper Canada Financial Statements for the three months ended March 31, 2017
  • In Camera Item
  • Bencher Remuneration and Expense Reimbursement Working Group
  • Investment Compliance Reporting for the period ending March 31, 2017
  • Other Committee Work

Treasurer’s Report

  • In Camera Item

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

Terms or Concepts Explained