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May 27, 2021

Honorary LLD presented to the Honourable George Czutrin
A degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) was presented to Justice Czutrin, for his dedication to access to family justice. The Law Society awards honorary doctorates each year to distinguished individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice. Read the Gazette article about Justice Czutrin.


Treasurer election
At the close of nominations of candidates for the election of Treasurer on May 13, there was one candidate nominated for the election of Treasurer: Teresa Donnelly, nominated by Robert Burd and Nancy Lockhart. Therefore, Teresa Donnelly is declared to be elected as Treasurer for the term June 23, 2021 to June 23, 2022. This will be announced at June 23, 2021 Convocation.

Election of Quinn Ross as bencher
Quinn M. Ross was elected as bencher to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Justice Paul Cooper to the Ontario Court of Justice.

Anti-money laundering requirements
Convocation approved by-law amendments to reflect changes to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s Model Rules to fight money laundering and terrorist financing. The Law Society will produce supports to assist licensees with understanding and complying with the new requirements prior to the amendments coming into effect January 1, 2022. For more information, see the report to Convocation and the information on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s website.

Paralegal regulation exemptions
Convocation approved amendments to By-Law 4 to end exemptions from paralegal licensure for public servants in the service of the Office of the Worker Adviser and the Office of the Employer Adviser, with certain exceptions, effective January 1, 2022. Certain exemptions were created at the outset of paralegal regulation in 2007 to avoid disrupting the provision of legal services in essential areas. Convocation has directed that exemptions should be reduced over time through dialogue, negotiation and gradual integration. For more information, see the report to Convocation.

Jack Braithwaite appointed vice-chair of Tribunal
Convocation approved the appointment of Jack Braithwaite as vice-chair of the Hearing Division of the Law Society Tribunal.


Other decisions

Agenda

Agenda
 
LL.D. Ceremony – The Honourable George Czutrin


Reports

Consent Agenda - Motion

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation – April 22, 2021
  • Motions
    • Tribunal Appointments
    • In Camera Appointments
    • Election of Bencher
    • Committee Appointment
  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Requests for Interventions
  • Professional Regulation Committee Report
    • Report on the AGM Motion Respecting Civil Rules


Professional Regulation Committee Report

  • Amendments to the Law Society’s By-Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing)
 
Priority Planning Committee Report  
  • Amendments to By-Law 3 – Reforms to Certain Standing Committees Structure
  • Merger of Law Society Awards and Treasurer’s Appointments Advisory Group Processes
 
Compensation Fund Committee Report
  • Amendments to By-Law 12
 
Paralegal Standing Committee Report
  • Amendments to By-Law 4 (Licensing)
 
Audit and Finance Committee Report
  • In Camera Item
For Information
  • Law Society of Ontario Financial Statements for the Three Months ended March 31, 2021
  • Investment Compliance Reports
 
REPORTS FOR INFORMATION ONLY
 
Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee Report
  • Discrimination and Harassment Counsel Program Review

Human Rights Monitoring Group Report
  • Update on 2021 Human Rights Award
 
Secretary’s Report  
  • Annual General Meeting
 
Tribunal Committee Report  
  • Law Society Tribunal 2020 Annual Report
  • Law Society Tribunal 2020 Annual Report on Statistics
  • Law Society Tribunal Quarterly Statistics, for the period from January 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021

The Law Society held a virtual Convocation on May 27. Here is the link to the webcast.

Members of the media and the public are welcome to view the public portions of Convocation via the Law Society’s webcast. While audio recording is permissible for note taking purposes only, the webcast or video archive of the proceedings may not be captured, recorded or distributed for any purpose. 

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