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April 2019 Convocation

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Call for comment

The Law Society is seeking input on proposed amendments to the definition of finance company in the lawyers’ rules of conduct. Input is also being sought on proposed amendments to the short term pro bono legal services rules.

2019 Bencher election – voting closes April 30

Forty lawyers and five paralegals will be elected to sit as benchers in Convocation. Vote online or by telephone. Read more.

Other decisions

Lee Akazaki elected as bencher for current 2015-2019 term
Ryerson integrated practice curriculum approved 
Tribunal Annual Report
Governance Task Force report approved 
Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions approved
Audit and Finance Committee report approved



Public Minutes

Public Transcript


Treasurer’s Remarks 

Election of Bencher 

Consent Agenda - Motion

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation – February 28, 2019   
  • Motion - Appointments
  • Executive Director’s Report on Administrative Calls to the Bar 
  • Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee/Comité sur l’équité et les affaires autochtones Report
    •  Human Rights Monitoring Group Requests for Interventions 
  • Treasurer’s Report – LAWPRO Annual Shareholder’s Resolutions and LibraryCo Inc. Proxy 

Notice of Motion 

Audit & Finance Committee Report

  • Law Society Audited Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2018 
  • In Camera Item 

For Information

  • In Camera Item 
  • LAWPRO Annual Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 
  • LibraryCo Annual Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 
  • Review of Investment Performance 
  • Investment Compliance Reporting 
  • LAWPRO Report (S. McGrath) 

Governance Task Force 2016 Report

  • Amendments to By-Law 3 
  • Amendments to Governance Practices and Policies 

Professional Development and Competence Committee Report 

  • Ryerson University Proposed Integrated Practice Curriculum

Reports ​For Information


Professional Regulation Committee Report

  • Annual Report of the Complaints Resolution Commissioner 
  • Complaints Resolution Commissioner – Scope of Review 
  • 2018 Report of the Professional Regulation Division 
  • Update on Amendments to the Conflict of Interest Rules – Legal Aid Ontario 
  • Call for Comment – Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct – Finance Company 

Law Society Tribunal Annual Report

Federation of Law Societies of Canada Update 

Convocation was webcast on April 25, 2019. View the archived webcast.
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