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April 2018 Convocation

Extraordinary legal professionals to be honoured at annual awards ceremony

Ten distinguished members of Ontario's legal professions will be honoured and celebrated for their remarkable career achievements and contributions made to their communities at a special ceremony on May 23, 2018. Full story.

Team identifies action items to further address issues of discrimination and harassment

The SPOT Team reported to Convocation on its review of the measures taken and supports provided by the Law Society to address discrimination and harassment in the professions. Full story. Full report.

Lawyers' conduct rules amended re: discrimination and harassment

Convocation amended the Rules of Professional Conduct as part of the actions it is undertaking to enhance current regulatory measures and supports related to issues of discrimination and harassment in the professions. Full story. Full report.

Robert Burd elected chair of Paralegal Standing Committee

Bencher Robert Burd was elected as the new chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee at the committee's monthly meeting in April 2018. He succeeds Bencher Michelle L. Haigh, who served as chair since April 2015. Full story. Full report.

Update on contingency fee reforms

In December 2017, Convocation approved a series of reforms to regulate contingency fees. Amendments to the Solicitors Act and regulations are required to fully implement the reforms. Full Story.

Other decisions

Law Society to pursue civil society option, ABS Working Group wrapping up  Full report.

2017 Audited financial statements approved

By-Law 3 amended re: Law Society pension plan

Human Rights Monitoring Group mandate expanded

Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions approved

Treasurer's report re: LawPRO Annual Shareholder's Resolutions and LibraryCo Inc. Proxy approved

Appointment

Agenda

Agenda

Public Minutes

Public Transcript

Reports

Consent Agenda - Motion

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation – February 22 and March 8, 2018
  • Motion - Appointment      
  • Executive Director’s Report on Administrative Calls to the Bar
  • Treasurer’s Report – LawPRO Annual Shareholder’s Resolutions and LibraryCo Inc. Proxy

Audit & Finance Committee

  • Law Society Audited Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2017
  • In Camera Items
  • Approval of Investment Policy

For Information

  • In Camera Item
  • LAWPRO Annual Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2017
  • LibraryCo Annual Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2017
  • Investment Compliance Reporting
  • LawPRO Report

Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group: Expansion of Mandate
  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Requests for Interventions

For Information:

  • Statistical Snapshots of Lawyers and Paralegals in Ontario 2016
  • Equity Legal Education and Rule of Law Series Calendar

Professional Regulation Committee

  • Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Paralegal Rules of Conduct Regarding Law Society Name Change
  • Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct Regarding Articling Experience Survey

For Information:

  • Report from the Alternative Business Structures Working Group
  • Update from the Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group

Federation of Law Societies of Canada Update

Steps, Progress, Opportunities, Tactics (SPOT) Team

Secretary’s Report

  • Amendments to By-Law 3

Law Society Tribunal Annual Report 

REPORTS FOR INFORMATION ONLY

Paralegal Standing Committee

  • Election of the Chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee

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

Convocation was webcast on April 26, 2018. View the archived webcast.