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November 26, 2021

Honorary LLD recipient: The Honourable John I. Laskin
At today’s meeting of Convocation, John I. Laskin was presented with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD). Justice Laskin (retired) is a renowned expert in advocacy and a leader in judicial education. Read the Gazette article here.

Lawyer experiential training enhancements
Convocation approved three measures, recommended by the Professional Development and Competence committee, to enhance the experiential training component of the lawyer licensing process including leveraging the new Bridge to Practice platform by designing free training modules for licensing candidates and new lawyers. The new enhancements replace those approved in December 2018.  A fourth measure regarding paid placements was deferred to a future Convocation. See the full report.

By-Law 3 amendments
By-Law 3 was amended to improve processes and enhance the governance effectiveness of the bencher and Treasurer elections. Changes include requiring bencher candidates to complete an education and orientation course. See the full report.

AGM Motion – exemptions to paralegal licensure
Convocation approved the Paralegal Standing Committee’s recommendations in response to the motion made at the 2021 Annual General Meeting, including the Committee’s plan to establish a working group to study exemptions to paralegal licensure and consult with stakeholders. See the full report.

Hybrid delivery of paralegal education
The Paralegal Standing Committee approved a two-year pilot project for hybrid (online and in-person) delivery of paralegal education. See the full report.

Other decisions


Public Minutes
Public Transcript

LL.D. Ceremony – The Honourable John I. Laskin

Treasurer’s Remarks


Consent Agenda - Motion

Professional Development and Competence Committee Report

  • Experiential Training Enhancements

Strategic Planning and Advisory Committee Report

  • By-Law 3 Amendments Respecting Election Processes Reforms

Notice of Motion

  • Goldstein/Lyon Motion

Treasurer’s Report (in camera)



Access to Justice Committee Report

  • Access to Justice Week 2021

Audit and Finance Committee Report 

  • Law Society of Ontario Financial Statements for the Nine Months ended September 30, 2021
  • Investment Compliance Reports for the Quarter ended September 30, 2021

Federation of Law Societies of Canada Update

Paralegal Standing Committee Report

  • Hybrid Delivery of Paralegal Education

Professional Development and Competence Committee Report

  • Certified Specialist Board Chair Appointment

The Law Society held a virtual Convocation on November 26. 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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