May 2011


New bencher elected
Peter C. Wardle was elected as bencher for the City of Toronto electoral region. Mr. Wardle fills the vacancy created by Laurie H. Pawlitza who, as Treasurer, is an ex officio bencher and does not hold office as an elected bencher.

Paralegal Licensing Receptions to begin November 2011
Beginning November 2011, the Law Society will host receptions to welcome new paralegal licensees. There will be two receptions each year, in April and November. The receptions were approved by the Paralegal Standing Committee following a survey of paralegal licensing candidates that indicated an overwhelming majority were in favour of holding the events. Full report.

2010 Change of Status Research Report released
Convocation received the 2010 Change of Status Research Report, for information. The report presents findings from an online survey of a sample of Law Society lawyers who changed professional status in 2009 and 2010. This is the second annual change of status report commissioned by the Law Society aimed at uncovering trends, including gender-related trends, in the movement of lawyers within the profession. Full report.

Human Rights Monitoring Group
Convocation approved the Human Rights Monitoring Group’s recommended interventions in the following cases:
·           Lawyers in Bahrain
·           Lawyers in China
Full report.

Audit report
Convocation adopted Accounting Standards for Not-For-Profit Organizations as set out in Part III of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Handbook for the Law Society’s financial reporting starting in the 2012 fiscal year. Convocation also approved the Law Society’s revised Business Conduct Policy. Full report.

Hearing Panel Appointments
Convocation appointed members of the Hearing Panel for a two-year term. Bencher Alan Gold was re-appointed Chair and Bencher Adriana Doyle was appointed Vice Chair. Motion.




   Audit Committee

  • New Accounting Standards
  • Business Conduct Policy

For Information

  • Law Society of Upper Canada First Quarter Financial Statements for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Pension Plan Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2010
  • Investment Compliance Reports
  • Other Work

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Requests

For Information

  • Return to Practice Working Group Report
  • 2010 Change of Status Research
  • Equity Public Education Calendar

Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence

  • Deemed Call Candidates


 Heritage Committee  

  • Report on Diversifying the Bar: Lawyers Make History Project

 Paralegal Standing Committee

  • Paralegal Licensing Welcome Reception

Professional Development and Competence Committee