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May 2018 Convocation

Consultation paper outlines options for future of lawyer licensing in Ontario

The Law Society released a consultation paper on four options for the lawyer licensing process. The document follows last year's Dialogue on Licensing, which looked at the realities, challenges and opportunities of lawyer licensing in the province. Full story. Full report.

Law Society approves recommendations to improve its regulatory and hearing processes affecting Indigenous Peoples

Convocation approved a series of strong recommendations designed to make the Law Society's regulatory and hearing processes more culturally competent and culturally safe for Indigenous Peoples.Full story. Full report.

Update from Compliance-Based Entity Regulation Task Force

The CBER Task Force has developed a practice assessment tool based on six practice management principles and is planning a series of focus groups in the fall to gather input from practitioners. Full story. Full Report.

Candidates for the next Treasurer nominated

May 10, 2018, was the closing date for benchers to put their names forward as candidates for Treasurer for the 2018-2019 term. This year, three benchers have been nominated: Ross F. Earnshaw, Jacqueline Horvat, and Malcolm Mercer. Full story.

Paralegal guidelines amended

The Paralegal Standing Committee amended the professional conduct guidelines to enhance guidance to paralegals on their obligations in relation to harassment and discrimination. Full story. Full report.

Tribunal Committee report approved

Convocation approved the following items in the Tribunal Committee report. 

  • Rules of procedure for summary orders, as modified by Convocation. See rules as modified.
  • Tribunal complaint process. See report.  
  • Updates to the Adjudicator Code of Conduct. See report.

Additional decision items

2018 Honorary LLD recipients announced

Human Rights Monitoring Group Interventions approved




Public Minutes

Public Transcript


Consent Agenda  

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation - April 26, 2018
  • Motion - Appointments
  • Executive Director's Report on Administrative Calls to the Bar

Law Society Review Panel on Regulatory and Hearing Processes Affecting Indigenous Peoples

  • Final Report of the Review Panel

Professional Development & Competence Committee

  • Lawyer Licensing Consultation

Tribunal Committee

  • Rules of Procedure for Summary Orders
  • Law Society Tribunal Complaint Process
  • Updates to the Adjudicator Code of Conduct

Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Requests for Interventions

For Information:

  • Equity Legal Education and Rule of Law Series Calendar

Compliance-Based Entity Regulation Task Force

  • Update on the Work of the Task Force
  • Practice Management Principles: Practice Assessment
  • Draft Consultation Paper: Promoting Better Legal Practices

Reports for Information Only

Professional Regulation Committee

  • Report on Law Society Compliance with National Discipline Standards

Paralegal Standing Committee

  • Amendments to the Paralegal Guidelines - Harassment and Discrimination

Report from The Action Group on Access to Justice

Convocation was held on May 24, 2018. View the archived webcast.

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