Rules of conduct amended re: gender identity
Convocation amended the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Paralegal Rules of Conduct to reflect recent changes made to the Human Rights Code specifying that every person has a right to equal treatment without discrimination because of gender identity or gender expression. Professional Regulation Committee report (PDF). Paralegal Standing Committee report (PDF).
No changes to Annual General Meeting structure
Convocation decided not to adopt the Priority Planning Committee's proposal for changes to the structure and format of the Law Society's Annual General Meeting. Full report (PDF).
TAG proposal for new approach to access to justice to be debated in February
The Treasurer’s Advisory Group on Access to Justice (TAG) working group presented a proposal for a new Law Society approach to access to justice, which will be debated at February Convocation. The proposed approach would establish access to justice as a strategic objective underpinning the core business functions and operational planning of the Law Society.
The proposed approach includes these complementary components:
- Establishment of the Treasurer’s Action Group on Access to Justice as a permanent, collaborative forum through which many diverse organizations can develop and co-ordinate strategies and actions to improve access to justice
- Changes to the Law Society’s committee structure to support more strategic and focused access to justice policy development
- Formation of a Law Society division, from existing departments and resources, whose core responsibilities will include a focus on fulfilling access to justice objectives and policies as determined by Convocation.
Full report (PDF).
Law Society’s consideration of Trinity Western University Law School Program
The Treasurer provided Convocation with information about the upcoming consideration of Trinity Western University Law School’s proposed academic program. Treasurer’s statement. Reports of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.
Audit and Finance Committee report
The decision items in the Audit and Finance committee report were approved. Full report (PDF).
Professional Regulation Committee report
The pre-proceeding consent resolution conference decision item in the Professional Regulation Committee report was deferred to February Convocation.