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Two paralegal licensing exemptions ended
amendments to By-Law 4 to end the licensing exemptions for the Canadian
Registered Safety Professionals and the Appraisal Institute of Canada. Certain
exemptions to licensing were provided for when paralegal regulation was
implemented, but the Law Society is committed to reducing the number of
exemptions to licensing over time. Full report.
Human Rights Monitoring Group Interventions approved
interventions in the following cases:
- Lawyer Narges Mohammadi – Iran
- Lawyers Vitaliy Moiseyev and Tatiana Akimtseva –
- Lawyer Dr. Amin Mekki Medani – Sudan
AGM taking place May 13
The Law Society’s 2015 Annual
General meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 13 at 5:15 p.m., at Osgoode
Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Information report on firm and compliance-based
Convocation received a report
for information from the Professional Regulation Committee on the progress of
the committee’s consideration of firm and compliance-based regulation.
Firm regulation has been put
into place in England and Wales and Australia and introduced in other Canadian jurisdictions,
including British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. Preliminary evidence from
these jurisdictions suggests that firm regulation can be an effective and
efficient regulatory model that may enhance protection of the public.
The committee has asked for
the development of a framework for firm regulation for its review.
This work is being done in
tandem with the committee’s review of compliance-based regulation. In a
compliance-based regulatory scheme, the regulator sets out expected outcomes
and provides flexibility to firms as to how the outcomes are achieved. Full report.
ABS Working Group update report delivered
The Alternative Business
Structures (ABS) Working Group provided a report for information describing the
group’s activities over the past year, including meetings held with legal
organizations. In September, the working group released a discussion paper,
with information on ABS, to promote dialogue with the profession on ABS and
input on ABS models. The group plans to report back to Convocation in February
with a summary of feedback received to date. Full report.
Diversification of Career Paths report released
The Diversification of Career Paths in Law: Tracking
Movement out of Private Practice Among a Recent Two-Decade Cohort of Law
Graduates, a report
by Professor Fiona Kay, was received by Convocation for information. The
report, which was commissioned by the Law Society, shows that most new lawyers
who begin their careers in private practice no longer follow the traditional
career path that leads to partnership within a single law firm. Full report.
Proposal for review of Tribunal Model approved
Convocation approved a
proposed process for the three-year review of the new Tribunal Model, required
as part of the implementation of the enhanced Tribunal Model that Convocation
approved in June 2012. Full report.
Conduct of 2015 Bencher Election
Convocation appointed Ex-officio
Bencher W. A. Derry Millar to preside over the 2015 lawyer bencher election as
the current Treasurer is a candidate in the election. Full report.
Bencher Barbara Murchie was
appointed to the Access to Justice Committee.