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History of Lay Benchers at the Law Society

On January 17th, 2015, the Law Society marked the 40th anniversary of the first time non-lawyers officially sat in Convocation as lay benchers. A paper by Ross Gower, a former Law Society articling student, provides a history of the events leading up to the appointment of lay benchers and considers the achievements of those who were most influential.                    

Despite some lawyers' initial reticence to accept lay benchers, both the profession and the public have benefited greatly from their work. They have forever changed the face of  the legal profession in Ontario - and have helped promote access to justice in the province.

For more, read Gower's paper.