Convocation was webcast on December 2, 2016
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Strategies to address systemic racism in the professions approved
Convocation approved a strategic framework with 13 recommendations to address issues of systemic racism in the legal professions. The recommendations fall into five broad categories: accelerating culture shift; measuring progress; educating for change; implementing supports; and leading by example.
The framework was proposed by the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group following extensive study and consultation. The Working Group found that racialized lawyers and paralegals face longstanding and significant challenges at all stages of their legal careers.
Convocation also agreed that as it moves forward with the implementation of the recommendations for racialized licensees the Law Society will ensure that the initiatives are extended to all equality-seeking groups while continuing to ensure that the needs of racialized licensees are fully acknowledged and addressed.
Rules of Practice and Procedure amended
The General Heading form of the Law Society Tribunal Appeal Division Rules of Practice and Procedure was amended. Full report.
Benchers Gisèle Chrétien, Ross Earnshaw, Jacqueline Horvat and W. A. Derry Millar were reappointed to the LibraryCo Inc. Board of Directors. Bencher Michelle Haigh was appointed to the Litigation Committee. Bencher Isfahan Merali was removed from the Human Rights Monitoring Group at her own request.
Matters not reached
The decision items were deferred:
- Human Rights Monitoring Group request for intervention
- Paralegal Standing Committee Report
- Professional Regulation Committee Report
- Treasurer’s Appointment Advisory Group Report