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May 2014 Convocation

Paralegal award renamed to honour William J. Simpson

The Law Society Distinguished Paralegal Award was renamed the William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award in honour of Mr. Simpson's outstanding contribution to the implementation of paralegal regulation by the Law Society. The renaming of the award is retroactive to its establishment in September, 2011. Motion.

By-Law 2 amended re: Law Society services in French

Convocation amended By-Law 2 [Corporate Provisions] to establish the right of a person to receive services from the Law Society in French and English. The By-Law amendments replace the provisions of the Law Society's 1989 French Language Services Policy, to be supplemented by operational policies to guide implementation of the By-Law provisions. Full report.

Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions approved 

Convocation approved the Human Rights Monitoring Group's request for interventions in the following cases:

  • Judge Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar - Guatemala
  • Lawyer Muharrem Erbey - Turkey
  • Lawyer Hadi Esmaeilzadeh - Iran
  • Lawyer Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon - Philippines

Full report.

Rules of Practice and Procedure amended 

Convocation approved housekeeping amendments to the Hearing Division Rules of Practice and Procedure and Forms, and the Appeal Division Rules and Forms. Motion.

Nominations for Law Society Treasurer 

The following benchers have been nominated for the office of Treasurer: Raj Anand, Christopher Bredt and Janet Minor. The Treasurer is elected by secret ballot by the benchers of the Law Society. The election will take place at Convocation on June 26, 2014.

Audit and Finance Committee report

Convocation approved amendments to the Law Society's Investment Policy. Convocation also approved the continued retention of the Law Society's Investment Manager and Investment Custodian. Full report.


Benchers Robert P. Armstrong and Lee K. Ferrier were appointed to the Appeal and Hearing Divisions of the Law Society Tribunal.

Bencher Marian Lippa was appointed to the Hearing Division of the Law Society Tribunal. Motion.



Consent agenda 

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation - April 24, 2014
  • Appointments Motion
  • Renaming of the Law Society Distinguished Paralegal Award Motion
  • Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence -  Deemed Call Candidates
  • Tribunal Committee Report - Housekeeping Amendments to the Rules of Practice and Procedure and Appeal Rules

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee

  • By-Law on Law Society Services in English and French
  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Requests for Intervention

For Information

  • Public Education Equality and Rule of Law Series Calendar 2014

Audit & Finance Committee 

  • In Camera Item
  • Updated Investment Policy
  • Retention of Investment Manager and Custodian
  • Allocation from Contingency for Counsel Fees

For Information

  • Law Society of Upper Canada Financial Statements for the three months ended March 31, 2014
  • Investment Compliance Reports

Professional Regulation Committee  

  • In camera item

For Information

  • Professional Regulation Division Quarterly Report


Tribunal Committee 

  • Tribunals Office Quarterly Statistics for Fourth Quarter 2013
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