May 2017 Convocation


Single bencher election date approved
Convocation approved the Governance Task Force’s recommendation to change the bencher election process so there is a single election date for the lawyer and paralegal bencher elections. Convocation also approved the Governance Task Force’s recommendation that for paralegal benchers, all service at the Law Society as a member of the Paralegal Standing Committee, either appointed or elected, and as a bencher, should count towards the 12 year bencher term limit. Full story. Full report.

Other decisions
Appointments approved
By-Law 11 amended re: investigative powers and payment of orders for costs
Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions approved






Treasurer's Remarks

Consent Agenda - Motion

  •  Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation – April 27, 2017
  •  Motion – Law Society Tribunal Reappointments
  •  Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence - Deemed Call Candidates 

Report of the Chief Executive Officer

Professional Regulation Committee Report

  • Proposed Amendments to By-Law 11

For Information:

  • Professional Regulation Division 2016 End-of-Year Report
  • Analysis of Complaints Received in the Professional Regulation Division 2016
  • Report on Law Society Compliance with National Discipline Standards

Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee/Comité sur l’équité et les affaires autochtones 

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Interventions

 For Information

  • Equity Legal Education and Rule of Law Series Calendar Spring/Summer 2017

Governance Task Force 2016 Report

  • Single Date for the Election of Benchers
  • Calculation of the 12-Year Term Limit for Paralegal Benchers

 For Information

  • Five-Year Review of By-Law 3 Provisions for Emeritus Treasurers

Reports for Information Only

Tribunal Committee Report

  • Law Society Tribunal 2016 Annual Report

Audit & Finance Committee Report

  • Law Society of Upper Canada Financial Statements for the three months ended March 31, 2017
  • In Camera Item
  • Bencher Remuneration and Expense Reimbursement Working Group
  • Investment Compliance Reporting for the period ending March 31, 2017
  • Other Committee Work

Treasurer’s Report

  • In Camera Item

Report from The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)