Convocation was webcast June 23, 2016.
View part 1 of the archived webcast.
View part 2 of the archived webcast.
Paul B. Schabas elected Treasurer of the Law Society
Paul B. Schabas has been elected to lead the Law Society as its 66th Treasurer. Treasurer Schabas is a partner and senior trial and appellate counsel at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He was first elected a bencher of the Law Society in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He succeeds former Treasurer Janet E. Minor.
Law Society seeks further input on advertising and fee arrangements
The Law Society’s Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group is seeking the professions’ input regarding issues related to advertising, referral fees and fee arrangements, as described in its report. The final date to submit comments is September 30, 2016. The working group was formed in February 2016, following a call for input on proposed amendments to the advertising rules that revealed a need for additional, focused study. Full report.
Law Society launches Canada’s first Certified Specialist Program in Indigenous legal issues
The Law Society has launched a new Certified Specialist Program in Indigenous legal issues. Lawyers with the appropriate expertise, including demonstrated inter-cultural competence, may soon apply to be recognized as a leader in their field. Implementation of the program will continue over the summer months and the application process will be open to all Ontario lawyers in the fall. The Indigenous legal issues specialty is the 16th specialty area of the Law Society’s Certified Specialist Program. Full report.
Law Society renews support for Law Commission of Ontario
Convocation reaffirmed support in principle for the mandate of the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO). The LCO researches issues and recommends law reform measures to make the law more accessible to all Ontarians. It was established, in 2007, by five partners: the Ministry of the Attorney General, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, the Law Deans of Ontario, the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Full report.
Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions approved
Interventions in the following cases were approved by Convocation:
- Lawyer Juan Carlos Gutiérrez – Venezuela
- Lawyer Nabeel Adib Abdallah – Sudan
- Lawyer Jean Kisumbule Muteba – Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Lawyer Negad El-Borai – Egypt
- Lawyer Taimoor Karimi – Bahrain
Rules of Practice and Procedure amended
Convocation approved clarifying amendments to the Law Society Tribunal Rules of Practice and Procedure. The amendments update Tribunal procedures and reflect current Convocation policy. Full report.
By-Law 7 amended re: surrender of Professional Corporation Certificate
Convocation amended By-Law 7 [Business Entities] to remove the requirement that a professional corporation provide an accountant’s certificate when surrendering a certificate of authorization. This change reflects current practice. Full report.