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April 22, 2021

Honorary LLD presented to distinguished litigator and counsel Barbara McIsaac
A degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) was presented to Barbara McIsaac, one of Canada’s pre-eminent experts in privacy law and access to information law. The Law Society awards honorary doctorates each year to distinguished individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice. Read the Gazette article about Ms. McIsaac.
Innovative Technological Legal Services (ITLS) pilot project approved
Convocation approved the Technology Task Force’s “Regulatory Sandbox for Innovative Technological Legal Services” Report. In Q4 2021, a five-year pilot project will be launched in which approved participants will receive permission from the Law Society to serve consumers through innovative technological legal services (ITLS) while complying with requirements for risk-based monitoring and reporting. More information including the full report and an FAQ is available on the website.

Lawyer’s conduct rules amended re: Acting for a borrower and lender
The lawyers’ conduct rules were amended to clarify those entities that qualify as ‘finance companies’. The rules were also amended to increase the amount of consideration from $50,000 to $75,000 for a mortgage or loan under which a lawyer may act for both borrower and lender. For more information see full report.

By-Law 4 amended re: mobility for Quebec lawyers
By-Law 4 was amended to permit lawyers from Quebec to practice in Ontario on the same basis as lawyers from all other Canadian provinces. For more information see full report.

Proposed amendments to Rules of Practice and Procedure
The Tribunal Committee is proposing amendments to the Rules of Practice and Procedure. The proposed amendments build on the learnings of the last year and prepare the Tribunal for continuing operations post-pandemic. The committee is accepting comments on the proposed amendments until May 30, 2021. For more information see full report.

Other decisions


Public Minutes
Public Transcript
LL.D. Ceremony – Barbara McIsaac, Q.C.


Technology Task Force Report

  • Regulatory Sandbox for Innovative Technological Legal Services

Consent Agenda - Motion

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation – February 25, 2021
  • Motions
    • Appointments
    • Tribunal Appointments
  • Treasurer’s Report – LAWPRO Annual Shareholder’s Resolutions
  • Audit & Finance Committee Report
    • In Camera Matter

Financial Update (oral report)

Audit & Finance Committee Report

  • Law Society of Ontario Annual Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2020
  • In Camera Matter

For Information
  • LAWPRO Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2020
  • LIRN Inc. Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2020
  • Investment Compliance Reports for the Quarter ended December 31, 2020
  • In Camera Matters
Professional Regulation Committee Report
  • Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct – Definition of Lending Client
  • Amendments to By-Law 4 – Mobility for Quebec Lawyers
For Information
  • 2020 Annual Report of the Complaints Resolution Commissioner

Treasurer’s Report (in camera)

CEO’s Report (in camera)


Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee Report

  • Report of the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel for July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
  • In Camera Item
  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Intervention (Myanmar)

Tribunal Committee Report

  • Proposed Amendments to the Law Society Tribunal Rules of Practice and Procedure
  • Law Society Tribunal Quarterly Statistics for the period from October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020

LAWPRO Annual Report

In Camera Report

The Law Society held a virtual Convocation on April 22. Here is the link to the webcast. 

Licensees, members of the media and the public are welcome to view the public portions of Convocation via the Law Society’s webcast. While audio recording is permissible for note taking purposes only, the webcast or video archive of the proceedings may not be captured, recorded or distributed for any purpose. 

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