December 2009

Governance Task Force's recommendations approved

Convocation approved the Governance Task Force's recommendations to improve governance of the Law Society by Convocation.

The recommendations introduce a 12 year term limit for elected benchers, reduce the number of unelected benchers by ending ex officio status for life benchers, former Treasurers and former Attorneys General and introduce an emeritus bencher status for former Treasurers, former Attorneys General and benchers who reach the term limit. Emeritus benchers would be eligible for appointment to committees and the Hearing Panel, but would not participate in Convocation. The recommendations include certain grandparenting provisions. Full report. Supplementary information.


Cynthia Petersen was reappointed as Discrimination and Harrassment Counsel

Bencher Carl Fleck was appointed and Bencher Carol Hartman was reappointed to the Board of Directors of LibraryCo.

James Leal was reappointed as the Law Society's representative on the Research Advisory Board of the Law Commission of Ontario.

Bencher Christopher Bredt was reappointed as the Law Society's representative on the Law Commission of Ontario.


The Paralegal Standing Committee, Professional Regulation Committee and Audit Committee reports were not reached 



Chief Executive Officer Report to Convocation

Audit Committee Report

  • Financial Statements for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2009
  • Investment Compliance Reporting

Final Report of the Governance Task Force

Finance Committee

  • Trustee Services Banking

Paralegal Standing Committee Report

  • Interim Report of the Working Group on Exemptions

Professional Regulation Committee Report

  • Pre-Proceeding Consent Resolution Conference
  • Conflicts of Interest Standard for Counsel in PBLO's "Brief Services" Programs

Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence

  • Deemed call candidates


Access to Justice Committee Report

  • Report of the Executive Director of the Law Commission of Ontario

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee

  • Parental leave Assistance Program Report
  • Public Education Equality Series Calendar 2009 - 2010

Tribunals Committee Report

  • Pre-Proceeding Consent Resolution Conference
  • Tribunals Office Quarterly Statistics