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Notice of Motion to 2019 Annual General Meeting

April 09, 2019

On March 29, 2019 the Secretary received the following motion to be made at the
Annual General Meeting on May 8, 2019.

Motion to be made at the Annual General Meeting on May 8, 2019.

  1. WHEREAS Convocation voted on December 2, 2016 to adopt all of the recommendations in the Final Report by the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group (the “report”);
 
  1. WHEREAS Convocation similarly voted on December 1, 2017 against creating an exception for the Statement of Principles requirement;
 
  1. WHEREAS the controversy around the Statement of Principles has impacted the public confidence in the legal system, created greater division within the profession, and adversely affected the very racialized licensees intended to be assisted by the report; and,
 
  1. WHEREAS a significant dispute continues to exist around the understanding of the implementation of the Statement of Principles, to the extent that these misunderstandings directly affected the 2019 Bencher Election; now, therefore, be it
 
  1. RESOLVED, that the Law Society of Ontario will formally adopt the guidance materials found online about the Statement of Principles, including:
    1. “Guide to the Application of Recommendation 3(1),” currently available at: https://lawsocietyontario.azureedge.net/media/lso/media/legacy/pdf/a/application-of-recommendation-3(1).pdf
    2. “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs), currently available at: https://lso.ca/about-lso/initiatives/edi/frequently-asked-questions;
 
  1. RESOLVED, that based on these guidance materials, Convocation adopts the following interpretation of the Statement of Principles:
    1. The Statement of Principles is intended to promote reflection, and not impose any belief;
    2. Any requirements from the Statement of Principles are only intended to refer to existing legal and professional obligations;
    3. There is no prescribed form for the Statement of Principles;
    4. Licensees will not be suspended or penalized for failing to have a Statement of Principles; and,
    5. No licensee will ever have the content of their Statement of Principles subject to scrutiny by the Law Society, through an audit or other means; and,
 
  1. RESOLVED, that Convocation will consider formally amending the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Paralegal Rules of Conduct further to more explicitly define the extent to which licensees are obligated to abide by the Ontario Human Rights Code, RSO 1990, c H.19, outside of Rule 6.3.1, to ensure all of the foregoing.
 
Omar Ha-Redeye                   Mirilyn Sharp
Kelly Campagnola                  Robert Shawyer
Kelby Carter                            E. Patrick Shea
Aaron Grinhaus                       Ian Speers
Sojourner King                        Kirsty Strong
Lisa MacDonnell                     Andrew Sudano
Sebastien Pepin                      Ioulia Vinogradova