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October 2018 Convocation

Convocation approves 2019 budget
The Law Society’s governing body today approved modest increases to the annual fees that lawyers and paralegals will pay to the Law Society in 2019. Lawyers will pay an additional $18, resulting in an overall, annual fee of $2,201, while paralegals will pay an additional $15, for a total of $1,115. Full story  Full Report

Practice Management Helpline to be enhanced
Convocation today approved significant enhancements to the Practice Management Helpline to better meet the needs of practitioners in an increasingly complex and demanding professional environment. Full story  Full Report

Call for comment on draft regulatory framework for civil society organizations
Today, the Law Society launched a call for comment on a draft regulatory framework that would permit lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services through registered, civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities and not-for-profit organizations — to the clients of those organizations. Full story  Full Report

TAG celebrates successful Annual Access to Justice Week
The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) successfully hosted Ontario’s third annual Access to Justice Week, from October 22 to 26. Full story 

Nominations now open for 2019 Bencher Election
Candidate nominations for the 2019 Bencher Election opened on October 15, 2018. Full story  Bencher Election web page


Public Minutes
Public Transcript


Consent Agenda

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation – September 27, 2018 
  • Motion – Amendments to By-Law 6
  • Executive Director’s Report on Administrative Calls to the Bar

Audit and Finance Committee Report
For Decision:

  • 2019 LibraryCo Budget
  • 2019 Law Society Budget
  • Banking Resolution Update and Cheque Signing Authority Limit
For Information:
  • Performance of Portfolio Manager

Professional Development and Competence Committee Report

  • Enhancement of the Practice Management Helpline

Reports ​For Information:

Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee

  • Update on the Implementation of Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Final Report: Statement of Principles and Human Rights/Diversity Policy
  • ​Equity Legal Education and Rule of Law Series Calendar

Professional Regulation Committee Report

  • Report of the Alternative Business Structures Working Group
  • Review of the Rules of Professional Conduct and Paralegal Rules of Conduct
  • ​Judges Returning to Practice

Tribunal Committee Report

  • Law Society Tribunal Statistics for the period January 1, 2018 to September 21, 2018
Convocation was held on October 25, 2018. View the archived webcast.
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