Dec 20, 2016   Holiday Closures 

Please note that the Law Society will be closed for the holidays Dec. 23, 26, 27 and 30, 2016 and Jan. 2, 2017.


Dec 19, 2016   Paralegal Update - December 2016 
Information about filing 2016 Annual Reports, 2017 Law Society Awards, CPD and more.

Dec 19, 2016   News Release: Law Society builds roster for new Coach and Advisor Network 
The Law Society of Upper Canada is calling on Ontario lawyers and paralegals interested in becoming volunteer coaches and advisors to apply to its new Coach and Advisor Network (CAN).

Dec 12, 2016   News Release: Law Society named GTA Top Employer for 11th consecutive year 
The Law Society of Upper Canada has been named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2017. This is the 11th year in a row that the legal regulator has received this prestigious honour.

Dec 12, 2016   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the sentencing of human rights lawyer Xia Lin in China 

Xia Lin is a prominent human rights lawyer whose clients include Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, fellow human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, and human rights defender Guo Yushan. On September 22, 2016, Xia Lin was sentenced to 12 years in prison. 


Dec 2, 2016   News Release: Law Society’s governing body adopts strategies to end systemic racism in legal professions 

The Law Society’s governing body approved the final report by the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group. It contains 13 robust recommendations designed to address issues of systemic racism in the legal professions.


Nov 24, 2016   News Release: Law Society announces 2016 Human Rights Award honorees 
Dr. Cindy Blackstock and Waleed Abu al-Khair recognized for their extensive contributions to human rights

Nov 11, 2016   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns over arrest of lawyer Jamshed Yorov in Tajikistan 

Jamshed Yorov is known for representing Mahmadalli Hait, the deputy chairman of the banned opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan.


Nov 11, 2016   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns over the harassment of lawyer Ramón Cadena Rámila 
Ramón Cadena Rámila is a well-known human rights lawyer and the International Commission of Jurists’ (ICJ) regional director for Central America.

Nov 9, 2016   News Release: Law Society’s 2017 budget addresses key priorities 
Licensees who enroll in annual pre-authorized payment plan are eligible for discount of up to $50

Oct 25, 2016   Notice to the Profession: Electronic Funds Transfer Products for Real Estate Transactions 
The Law Society has been made aware of electronic funds transfer products for use by lawyers to disburse client funds in real estate transactions.

Oct 24, 2016   Paralegal Update — October 2016 

Paralegals' conduct rules amended, Call for Input, Paralegal Award Nominations, 2016 Paralegal Cup, CPD programs and more.


Oct 17, 2016   News Release: Majority of Ontario Residents Believe the Justice System Is Unfair: New Poll by The Access Group on Access to Justice (TAG) 

true Majority of Ontario Residents Believe the Justice System Is Unfair: New Poll by The Access Group on Access to Justice (TAG) 40 per cent believe they do not have equal and fair access to the justice system 62 per cent have little or no confidence that they can afford a lawyer or paralegal


Oct 13, 2016   News Release: Celebrate Ontario’s first Access to Justice Week 
Five exceptional events will mark Ontario’s inaugural Access to Justice Week (A2J), which will be held in Toronto from October 17-21, 2016.

Sep 26, 2016   The Law Society responds to federal government on justice system consultations 

The Law Society recently provided input to the federal government in response to consultations related to our justice system, on issues which intersect with the Law Society's responsibilities as a public interest regulator.


Sep 24, 2016   News Release: Charter class of Bora Laskin Faculty of Law among 282 new lawyers called to Bar 

The Law Society of Upper Canada called 282 new lawyers to the Ontario Bar today, including 36 from Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.


Sep 23, 2016   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns over the harassment and intimidation of Yessika Hoyos and members of the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective (CAJAR) 

It has come to our attention that Yessika Hoyos and other members of CAJAR have faced increasing harassment and intimidation as a result of their human rights work.


Sep 22, 2016   News Release: Law Society releases report recommending strategies to end systemic racism in the legal professions 

The Law Society’s Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group todayreleased a report proposing 13 recommendations to address issues of systemic racism in the legal professions.


Aug 31, 2016   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns over the murder of lawyer Bilal Anwar Kasi and the deadly attack on lawyers in Pakistan 
The Law Society is deeply saddened by the murder of Bilal Anwar Kasi and the deadly attack on lawyers in Pakistan.

Aug 31, 2016   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses its continued concern about the charges against lawyer N. Surendran in Malaysia. 

On June 24, 2016, the High Court of Kuala Lumpur found the Sedition Act  to be constitutional and that the sedition charges brought against N. Surendran still stand.


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