George Hunter elected Treasurer of The Law Society of Upper Canada
Ottawa lawyer George D. Hunter has been elected by Benchers to lead the Law Society of Upper Canada as Treasurer, its top elected official.
Treasurer Hunter succeeds the immediate past treasurer Frank Marrocco, Q.C.
The Treasurer is the president and head of the Law Society governing body, called Convocation. Convocation is comprised of elected and appointed Benchers, who as directors are responsible for governing the affairs of the Law Society.
"It is an honour and privilege to be elected to this position," says Treasurer Hunter. "The Law Society plays an important role regulating the legal profession in the public interest."
Treasurer Hunter was the former Chair of the Continuum of Legal Education Task Force that proposed the new Licensing Process that the Law Society has adopted. "As part of its mandate, the Law Society helps to ensure the continuing competence and education of its members. I am therefore pleased to oversee the start of a bold, new licensing and education program in 2006 that redefines the admissions process to make it more relevant to the practice of law in the 21st century."
A litigation partner in the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Treasurer Hunter graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University with his LL.B. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1974. He is currently Vice-President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) and a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers.
Treasurer Hunter served as a member of the Attorney General's Task Force on Contingency Fees and as the past alternate Chair of the Mental Health Review Board of Ontario. He is a former adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa Law School and is former head instructor of the Bar Admission Course (Ottawa), Civil Litigation and Advocacy.
He was first elected as a member of Convocation in 1999. Since then, he has held a number of high-profile positions, including Vice-Chair of the Federation's Mobility Task Force, Chair of the Professional Development, Competence and Admissions Committee and Chair of the Courthouse Facilities Task Force.
"I am grateful for this opportunity to lead the Law Society in its commitment to the values inherent in maintaining an independent bar and providing the highest possible level of service to the public," states the new Treasurer.
Amendments to Law Society professional regulation processes enhance public protection
Convocation, the Law Society's governing body, approved a number of changes to enhance its regulatory effectiveness.
- Amendments to the Rules of Practice and Procedure to:
- amend the process for obtaining an interlocutory suspension or restriction order (interim suspension order): and
- allow summary hearings for specified regulatory matters.
- Anew process, called a regulatory meeting, which may be used in certain circumstances as an alternative to formal discipline proceedings.
- Amendments to the Convocation policy regarding Invitations to Attend.
The approved changes will continue to help the Law Society improve its ability to govern the legal profession in the public interest.
View the June 2005 Professional Regulation Committee report for more details.