Dec 21, 2011   Articling Task Force Consultation 
The profession and interested parties are encouraged to review the Articling Task Force Consultation Report and submit written comments until March 15, 2012.

Dec 15, 2011   New regime for lawyers from Quebec and Territories of Canada 
On November 24, 2011, Convocation approved a new regime for lawyers from Quebec and the Territories of Canada to appear in Ontario on an occasional basis.

Dec 14, 2011   December 2011 Paralegal UPDATE now online 

The December 2011 issue of Paralegal UPDATE, the online bulletin for paralegals, is now available. This issue includes information about the first Welcome Reception for newly licensed paralegals, nominations for the Distinguished Paralegal Award, annual fee increases for 2012, the five-year review of paralegal regulation, and more.


Dec 12, 2011   Five Year Review of Paralegal Regulation 
The Law Society is reviewing the manner in which licensed paralegals have been regulated, and the effect that regulation has had on licensed paralegals and on the public who have used paralegal services. Those interested in providing written comments should submit them to the Law Society on or before January 31st, 2012.

Dec 9, 2011   December Convocation News 
Convocation approved a proposal to initiate the development of a pilot online family law platform. Convocation also approved a pilot career counselling resource program and set priorities for the 2011-2015 bencher term.

Dec 9, 2011   News Release: Law Society approves articling consultation process 
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Dec 5, 2011   Notice: Judicial Compensation 
The Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission invites parties wishing to comment on matters within the Commission’s mandate to forward their written submissions to the Commission by January 16, 2012.

Nov 30, 2011   News Release: Law Society budget introduces modest fee increases for 2012 
The Law Society’s governing body today approved its 2012 budget with modest annual fee increases of 2.2 per cent for lawyers and 2.6 per cent for paralegals. The 2012 fee for a practising lawyer will increase by $41, from $1,785 to $1,826, while the fee for licensed paralegals will increase by $25, from $957 to $982.

Nov 28, 2011   Bencher Constance Backhouse receives research award 
The 2011 SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement in Research was awarded today to Constance Backhouse in a ceremony at the University of Ottawa. The prestigious prize is awarded each year by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to an outstanding individual whose leadership, dedication and originality of thought have significantly advanced understanding in his or her field of research.

Nov 22, 2011   November Convocation news 
Convocation approved the 2012 LibraryCo Inc. budget and the renewal of the Federation’s Territory Mobility Agreement.  The Guide to Developing a Customer Service AccessibilityPolicy was released.

Nov 22, 2011   Hon. Roy McMurtry announces civil legal services study results 
The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, former Chief Justice of Ontario, released the results from a study mapping the availability of civil legal services across the province.

Nov 16, 2011   Law Society makes GTA top employer list for sixth consecutive year 
For the sixth consecutive year, the Law Society of Upper Canada has been selected as one of the Greater Toronto Area's Top Employers as part of an annual competition to identify employers with exemplary workplace environments.

Nov 15, 2011   Federal Justice Minister to address County and District Law Presidents' Association members 
The County and District Law Presidents’ Association (CDLPA) is pleased to welcome The Honourable Robert Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, to its annual Plenary Dinner to speak about Bill C-10, Safe Streets and Communities Act.

Nov 14, 2011   Law Society reception welcomes newly licensed paralegals 
The Law Society will welcome approximately 140 of Ontario’s newly licensed paralegals to the profession at its first biannual paralegal reception on November 15, 2011.

Nov 11, 2011   Law Society concerned about security of judges in Brazil 
The Law Society of Upper Canada publicly condemns the death of Judge Patricia Aicoli and other acts of violence, including attempted assassinations and threats of violence against judges in Brazil.

Nov 8, 2011   Louis Riel Day lineup to feature Giller Prize winner Joseph Boyden 

Renowned Canadian author and Giller Prize winner Joseph Boyden will captivate listeners with a reading from his published essay on Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont during a reception at the Law Society on November 16 to commemorate Louis Riel Day.


Nov 4, 2011   Law Society gravely concerned about human rights of lawyers in Iran 
Reliable reports indicate that widespread arrest, detention and conviction of human rights lawyers continue in Iran and reflect the Iranian government’s general constraint on dissent. The Law Society of Upper Canada has repeatedly condemned the harassment of lawyers in Iran.

Oct 31, 2011   Law Society Regulatory Proceedings for October 2011 
The Law Society of Upper Canada regulates the lawyers and paralegals of Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society ensures that all lawyers and licensed paralegals in Ontario meet standards of learning, professional competence and professional conduct that are appropriate for the legal services provided.

Oct 28, 2011   Law Society extends Justicia project and parental leave program 
The Law Society’s governing body today approved a two-year extension of the Justicia project. The first of its kind in Canada, Justicia is a pilot project designed to retain and advance women in the private practice of law.

Oct 27, 2011   October Convocation News 
The Justicia Project and Parental Leave Assistance Program were extended and the final report of the Federation's Common Law Degree Implementation Committee were approved.  Read about these and other decisions in October Convocation news.

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