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February 2018 Convocation

Contingency Fee Reforms - Request for Comment

The Law Society's Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group would like to hear from lawyers, paralegals and the public about potential changes to the regulation of contingency fees. The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2018. Full story. Full report.

Convocation reviews Governance Task Force report

Convocation reviewed the Governance Task Force report which outlined key findings and next steps under the mandate of ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in Law Society governance as one of Convocation's strategic priorities. Full story. Full report.

Paralegal guidelines amended re: language rights

The paralegal guidelines were amended to enhance guidance to paralegals in situations where clients should be made aware of their right to use an official or statutorily recognized language of their choice. Full story. Full report.

The Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 beginning at 5:15. All members of the Society are invited to attend.  Full story.

Convocation approves plan for province-wide awareness campaign

Convocation approved the Law Society's plan to initiate an awareness campaign to generate greater understanding among Ontarians of what to do when they need legal help.  Full story. Full report.


Bencher Heather Zordel was appointed to the Audit and Finance Committee and the Government and Public Affairs Committee. See consent agenda for additional appointment information.

Other decisions

Ryerson University's proposed law school program application endorsed

Rules of Practice and Procedure amended

Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions approved



Public Minutes

Public Transcript


Consent Agenda - Motion

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation - January 25, 2018
  • Motions
    • 2018 Annual General Meeting
    • Committee Appointments
    • Law Society Tribunal Appointments
  • Executive Director’s Report on Administrative Calls to the Bar

Professional Development and Competence Committee Report  

  • Ryerson University Application for Approval of a Proposed Law School Program

 For Information

  • Professional Development and Competence Committee Annual Resource and Program Report

Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee/Comité sur l'équité et les affaires autochtones Report

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Requests for Interventions

For Information

  • Report of the Activities of the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel for the period of July 1 to December 31, 2017
  • Equity Legal Education and Rule of Law Series Calendar

Tribunal Committee Report

  • Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Practice and Procedure (Law Society Name Change)

For Information

  • Law Society Tribunal 2017 Fourth Quarter Statistics

Strategic Communications Steering Group Report  

  • Public Awareness and Licensee Engagement Campaign

Governance Task Force 2016 Report  

  • Next Steps in Achieving Governance Effectiveness

Professional Regulation Committee Report  

  • Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group Report (Call for Input)

For Information

  • Annual Report of the Complaints Resolution Commissioner

Reports for Information Only

Paralegal Standing Committee Report

  • Amendments to the Paralegal Guidelines (Language Rights)

Report from The Action Group on Access to Justice

Summary of Articling Experience Survey Results

Convocation was webcast on February 22, 2018. View the archived webcast.

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