Treasurer Thomas G. Conway elected by acclamation for second term
Treasurer Thomas G. Conway was elected by acclamation for a second term as head of the Law Society. “It’s a great honour to be acclaimed by my fellow benchers once again as Treasurer and I am grateful for their support,” says Treasurer Conway.
New bencher elected
Avvy Yao-Yao Go of Toronto was elected as bencher at June Convocation. Ms. Go was elected to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Wendy Matheson as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario.
Alternative Business Structures Working Group presents interim report
The Alternative Business Structures Working Group has completed a review of emerging regulatory models in other jurisdictions, with a focus on business structure and alternative means of delivering legal services. The working group plans to informally consult with lawyers, paralegals and other interested groups and host a symposium in early fall 2013. A final report, with recommendations, will be presented to Convocation in the spring of 2014. Full report.
Profession to be consulted on regional bencher election process
Convocation approved a call for input on a proposal to modify the regional bencher election scheme. Convocation also approved reforms that streamline and enhance the bencher election process. Full report.
Mobility agreement insurance amendments approved
Following its February 2013 approval in principle of the National Mobility Agreement 2013, Convocation gave final approval to the Agreement, which includes amendments dealing with insurance issues. The amendments provide that:
- lawyers who are members of the Barreau du Québec and another jurisdiction, including Ontario, will be required to maintain liability insurance coverage in both jurisdictions; and
- lawyers who are members of the Barreau du Québec and more than one other jurisdiction, including Ontario, will be required to maintain liability insurance coverage with the Barreau and one other jurisdiction, as determined using the approach set out in the agreement.
Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions approved
Convocation approved the following Human Rights Monitoring Group requests for intervention:
- Pakistan – killing of State Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali
- Syria – Arrest and detention of human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq
- Russia – Death threats against criminal defence lawyers Sapiyat Magomedova and Musa Suslanov
- United Arab Emirates – Verdict due in trial of 94 government critics, including human rights lawyers
Change of Status and Career Choices reports released
The Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee released the 2013 Career Choices Study. The objective of the survey was to investigate career preferences and experiences of new lawyers and those enrolled in the licensing program from their entry into law school to their entry into practice. A previous Career Choices Study was released in January 2008.
The Committee also released the 2013 Change of Status Report, the third report of a longitudinal study designed to better understand professional movements and changes among lawyers, with a particular focus on gender differences. The Law Society began conducting a Change of Status survey with paralegals in 2012 and it is anticipated that a report will be released in 2015.
Certified specialty in Aboriginal Law to be developed
A new certified specialty in Aboriginal Law is to be established. The development of the speciality will begin in early 2014 and take 18 to 24 months to complete. Full report.
Convocation approved Committee appointments. Motion.