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April 28, 2022

Requirement for mandatory minimum experiential training compensation maintained: Convocation confirmed a policy of mandatory minimum compensation for articling and other experiential training positions. The decision follows a debate and input from the profession on whether the minimum compensation requirement should be replaced with a best practices approach that encourages but does not require minimum compensation. Mandatory minimum compensation for articling, the Law Practice Program and the Programme de pratique du droit was initially approved by Convocation in December 2018, as part of a series of enhancements to the lawyer licensing process, but implementation was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new target date for implementation is May 1, 2023.  See the full report.

Human Rights Monitoring Group (HRMG) interventions approved: Convocation approved a letter of intervention regarding Mohammad Najafi of Iran. The HRMG monitors human rights violations that target members of the legal profession and the judiciary. See the full report.

Other decisions

Agenda

Agenda
Treasurer’s Remarks

Reports

Consent Agenda - Motion

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation – February 24, 2022
  • Motions
    • Tribunal Appointment
    • Committee Appointments
  • Treasurer’s Report – LAWPRO Annual Shareholder’s Resolutions
  • Audit & Finance Committee Report
    • In Camera Matter


Audit & Finance Committee Report

  • Law Society of Ontario Annual Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2021
  • Funding Options – Business and Technology Transformation Initiative

For Information

  • LAWPRO Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2021
  • LiRN Inc. Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2021
  • In Camera Matters


Professional Development and Competence Committee Report

  • Compensation for Experiential Training (Articling and LPP/PPD) Placements


Human Rights Monitoring Group Request for Intervention

  • Iran


LAWPRO Annual Report


Treasurer’s Report (in camera)
Notice of Motion (in camera)
 

REPORTS FOR INFORMATION ONLY

Professional Regulation Committee Report

  • 2021 Annual Report of the Complaints Resolution Commissioner
  • Professional Regulation Division 2021 End-of-Year Report

The Law Society held a virtual Convocation on April 28. 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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