Dec 21, 2015   Holiday Closures 
Please note the Law Society will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24, 28 and 31, 2015.

Dec 15, 2015   News Release: Statement on the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Final Report 
The Law Society of Upper Canada commends the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on the release of its final report today. We are grateful to TRC Commissioners Justice Murray Sinclair, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Dr. Marie Wilson for their tireless and profoundly important work in helping to build understanding of the reconciliation process — and to create a roadmap for the future.

Dec 8, 2015   News Release: Law Society named GTA Top Employer 10th consecutive year 
For the 10th year in a row, The Law Society of Upper Canada has been named a Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Top Employer.

Dec 7, 2015   Law Society expresses grave concerns about murder of Turkish lawyer 
Tahir Elçi was the head of the Diyarbakir Bar Association. He had previously been detained and received death threats after saying the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party should not be regarded as a terrorist organization. Tahir Elçi was active as a human rights lawyer since the 1990s. He played a critical role in investigating alleged abuses by the Turkish state, but he was also outspoken in his criticism of Kurdish militants.

Dec 7, 2015   Law Society expresses grave concerns about attack on lawyer in Maldives 
Mahfooz Saeed is a human rights lawyer and member of the legal team for the former president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed.

Dec 7, 2015   Law Society gravely concerned about death of Egyptian lawyer 
Karim Hamdy was accused of belonging to a terrorist group, protesting without authorization, possessing weapons and using them against the police during protests. He denied the accusations and advised the prosecutor that he had been tortured by the police in order to obtain a videotaped confession.

Dec 7, 2015   Law Society gravely concerned about intimidation and threats against lawyer in Bangladesh 
Adilur Rahman Kahn is a prominent lawyer and human rights defender. In 2014, he was awarded the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Prize. Adilur Rahman Khan is the founder and secretary of Odhikar, a human rights organization that works to raise awareness of human rights and monitor alleged violations in Bangladesh.

Dec 7, 2015   Grave concerns from Law Society about arrest and detention of Kazakhstani lawyer 
Ermek Narymbaev is well-known for exposing financial fraud carried out by banks in Kazakhstan. He also provides legal advice to those that have been deliberately misinformed by banks. In 2011, Ermek Narymbaev was awarded the Kazakh “Freedom” award.

Dec 7, 2015   Law Society expresses grave concerns about killing of Sudanese judge 
Abdullah Abdelkader was a judge and human rights defender, and a member of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor. He provided legal aid to victims of human rights violations, particularly in areas affected by armed conflict, including South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur. He was also very active in advocating for and supporting fellow human rights defenders in these regions.

Dec 7, 2015   Grave concerns from Law Society over arrest and detention of Iranian human rights lawyer 
Narges Mohammadi is a prominent human rights lawyer and activist, as well as the deputy director and spokesperson for the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (“DHRC”) in Iran. The history of her harassment by Iranian authorities has been well-documented.

Nov 9, 2015   News Release: Law Society and Métis Nation partner on Louis Riel Day event 

The public and the media are invited to join the Law Society of Upper Canada and our partner, the Métis Nation of Ontario, for an event to commemorate Louis Riel Day on November 16.


Oct 29, 2015   News Release: 2016 Budget: Annual Fee will not increase 
The Law Society of Upper Canada’s governing body has approved the 2016 budget, in which Ontario lawyers and paralegals will see their annual fees remain unchanged from 2015.

Oct 28, 2015   News Release: Treasurer Minor hosts First Law Society Early Career Roundtable Meeting 

Treasurer Janet E. Minor welcomed early career lawyers, paralegals and a law student to Osgoode Hall yesterday for the inaugural meeting of the Early Career Roundtable (ECR).


Oct 27, 2015   News Release: Justicia Series: Women in the Legal Profession Rainmaking and Business Development Panel of Canadian “Rainmakers” 

Members of the media are invited to attend the Justicia event, Women in the Legal Profession – Rainmaking and Business Development, on Thursday, October 29. This event is part of the Law Society’s groundbreaking Justicia Project.


Oct 19, 2015   News Release: First Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Law Society 

The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association host the First Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on October 21 at Osgoode Hall.


Sep 18, 2015   News Release: Honorary doctorate awarded to history-making judge of Ontario's Court of Appeal 
The Law Society of Upper Canada will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to the Honourable Justice Russell G. Juriansz at its Call to the Bar ceremony on September 25.

Sep 2, 2015   News Release: Treasurer’s statement on the report of the French Language Services Bench and Bar Response Steering Committee 
I commend the French Language Services Bench and Bar Response Steering Committee for the important review of services and recommendations in their response to the 2012 Access to Justice in French report submitted to the Attorney General today.

Aug 10, 2015   News Release: Law Society wins two international awards for CPD 
The Law Society was recognized by the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), receiving two awards for its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs.

Jul 8, 2015   Law Society closed July 10 

Due to the anticipated disruption of regular activity in the downtown core on the day of the Opening Ceremony for the Pan Am Games, the Law Society will be closed on Friday, July 10, 2015.


Jul 5, 2015   News Release: Mental health session builds awareness and breaks down stigma 

Growing awareness of mental health issues led more than 1,200 lawyers and paralegals throughout Ontario to tune into a Law Society presentation on May 6, held as part of Mental Health Week activities. 


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