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The Law Society is governed by a board of directors, who are referred to as benchers. The board includes 40 elected lawyer benchers, five elected paralegal benchers and eight appointed benchers, as well as ex officio and honorary benchers.




Elected benchers


Appointed benchers


Ex officio benchers

The Hon. Doug Downey, MPP
Bob Aaron
The Hon. Robert P. Armstrong, Q.C.
Larry Banack
Christopher Bentley
Michael J. Bryant
Paul Copeland, C.M., LSM
The Hon. Lee K. Ferrier, Q.C.
Gary Lloyd Gottlieb, Q.C.
The Hon. John D. Ground, Q.C.
Howard G. Hampton
Charles A. Harnick, Q.C., LSM
George D. Hunter
Vern Krishna, C.M., Q.C., FRSC, LSM
Ronald D. Manes
The Hon. R. Roy McMurtry, O.C., O.Ont., Q.C., LSM
W. A. Derry Millar, LSM
Ross W. Murray, Q.C.
Alan W. Pope, Q.C.
Julian Porter, Q.C., LL.D.
Judith M. Potter
The Hon. Allan Rock, P.C., Q.C.
Clayton Ruby, C.M., LL.D.
The Hon. James M. Spence, Q.C., LL.D.
Norman W. Sterling, Q.C.
Harvey T. Strosberg, Q.C., LSM
Gerald A. Swaye, Q.C.
J. James Wardlaw, Q.C., LSM
Bradley H. Wright
David S. Young


Emeritus Treasurers

Thomas G. Conway, LL.D.
Janet E. Minor, LL.D.
Laurie H. Pawlitza, LL.D.


Honorary bencher

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales


Committee chairs

Access to Justice — Cathy Corsetti and Doug Wellman
Audit & Finance — Joseph Groia
Equity and Indigenous Affairs — Dianne G. Corbiere
Paralegal Standing — Robert J. Burd
Professional Development and Competence — Barbara Murchie
Professional Regulation — Megan Shortreed
Strategic Planning and Advisory — Teresa Donnelly
Tribunal — Julia Shin Doi


Board membership changes


February 18 — Catherine Banning was appointed as a lay bencher.
May 25 — Paul Cooper was appointed a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice.
May 27 — Quinn M. Ross was elected a bencher to fill the resulting vacancy.

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