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May 26, 2022

Indigenous Peoples Ceremony: Convocation began with a ceremony to polish the Relationship with the Eagle Feathers. The ceremony was led by Elder Myeengun Henry of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. Elder Henry is also a member of the Indigenous Advisory Group Elders’ Council. Polishing the Relationship with the Eagle Feathers serves as an important element of the Law Society’s commitment to enhance its policies and services in relation to Indigenous licensees, communities and individuals.
Candidates for the Office of Treasurer: At the close of nominations on May 12, the following benchers (in alphabetical order) have been nominated for the Office of Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario for the 2022-23 term commencing June 28:
  • Philip Horgan, nominated by Marian Lippa and Lubomir Poliacik
  • Jacqueline Horvat, nominated by Shelina Lalji and Sid Troister
Candidate bios are available on the Gazette. The election will take place on June 15. Current Treasurer Teresa Donnelly ends her second term on June 28. The candidate elected as Treasurer will take office at the June 28 Convocation.
New Competency Framework: Convocation considered the Competency Task Force’s report and approved a new Competency Framework which includes:
  • The creation of an online practice essentials course which will be mandatory for lawyers or paralegals within one year of setting up as a sole practitioner for the first time, effective January 2024
  • Amending the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Paralegal Professional Conduct Guidelines to adopt the Federation of Law Societies of Canada Model Code of Professional Conduct commentary (Section 3.1-2) regarding technological competence
  • The elimination of the six-hour limit on archived or recorded Continuing Professional Development programs that are eligible for credit each year
  • The wind-up of the Certified Specialist Program.Licensees who are currently Certified Specialists may use the designation until Dec. 31, 2022. (The Indigenous Legal Issues specialization continues subject to any future recommendation by the Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee to Convocation.)
Women in Law Advisory Group update: The Treasurer’s Women in Law Advisory Group provided a report on its activities and an update on the Law Society’s response to the recommendations of the Treasurer’s Roundtable on Women in Law. The response includes the creation of a hub on the Law Society website that will provide resources for women lawyers, paralegals, law students and licensing candidates to use in their professional lives. See the full report
By-Law 3 amended:  By-Law 3 was amended to implement procedural reforms respecting motions at Convocation. See the full report.
Human Rights Monitoring Group report: Convocation received a report from the Human Rights Monitoring Group that provided an overview of the work of the group including information on interventions since 2018 and the impact of those interventions. See the full report.

Other decisions
  • Motions re: the reading of names and distribution of certificates at Call to the bar ceremonies were not approved by Convocation. See motions.

Agenda

Agenda
Public Transcript

Indigenous Peoples Ceremony
Treasurer's Remarks
Address by Brian Speers, President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association

Reports

Consent Agenda - Motion

  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation – April 28, 2022


Financial Update


Final Report of the Competence Task Force

  • Renewing the Law Society's Continuing Competence Framework


Strategic Planning and Advisory Committee Report

  • By-Law 3 Amendments - Convocation Procedural Reforms


Notices of Motions

  • Memorandum of the Chief Executive Officer
  • Notice of Motion 1 – Fagan/Klippenstein
  • Notice of Motion 2 – Fagan/Charette


REPORTS FOR INFORMATION ONLY

Update on the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program


Audit and Finance Committee Report

  • Law Society of Ontario Financial Statements for the Quarter ended March 31, 2022
  • Investment Compliance Reports for the Quarter ended March 31, 2022


Human Rights Monitoring Group Report

  • Update on the Work of the Human Rights Monitoring Group


Treasurer’s Women in Law Advisory Group Report

  • Update on the Work of the Treasurer’s Women in Law Advisory Group


Law Society Tribunal 2021 Annual Report

The Law Society held a virtual Convocation on May 26. Here is the link to the webcast.

Licensees, 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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