May 2007

New Bencher elected
May's Convocation began with the election of new Bencher Avvy Go. Ms. Go was elected to fill the vacancy left by Linda Rothstein's election as regional bencher for the City of Toronto. In the recent bencher election, Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie was re-elected to the office of regional bencher for the City of Toronto. As he is continuing in his role as Treasurer, a vacancy was created which Ms. Rothstein was elected to fill.

See motion for more information.

Laura Legge award established
The Laura Legge award, established at May Convocation, will be given annually to a woman member of the Law Society who has exemplified leadership within the profession. The first award will be bestowed in 2008. Laura Legge was the first elected female bencher of the Law Society and the first woman to serve as Treasurer.

Convocation confirms discipline and conduct records should not be vacated
Convocation reconsidered a decision it made in 1999, and determined that there are no circumstances in which a discipline or conduct record should be vacated.

For more information see the Professional Regulation Committee report .


Rule 6.08 of Rules of Professional Conduct amended
Convocation amended rule 6.08 to have a committee of Convocation, rather than Convocation, consider for approval requests to appear as counsel before the courts from retired judges who have returned to practice. Convocation appointed the Hearing Panel as the committee of Convocation for the purpose of these approvals.

For more information see the Professional Regulation Committee report .


Paralegal Code of Conduct amended
Minor housekeeping amendments were made to the Paralegal Code of Conduct.

See the Paralegal Standing Committee report for more information.

French version of Paralegal Code of Conduct approved
Convocation approved the French version of the Paralegal Code of Conduct. The English version was approved at March Convocation.

See the Paralegal Standing Committee report for more information.


Finance and Audit Committee Report
Recommendations in the Finance and Audit committee report including the 2008 Budget Process and a Corporate Resolution regarding the administration of broker relationships were approved by Convocation.

For more information see the Finance and Audit Committee report .


Appointment
Bencher Mary Louise Dickson was appointed the Law Society of Upper Canada's representative on the Ontario Courts Accessibility Committee.


By-Law 4 - Licensing
The French version of By-Law 4 - Licensing was adopted by Convocation.

See motion for more information.

Emerging Issues report
The Emerging Issues Committee report was deferred.

Agenda and Minutes

Reports

Emerging Issues Committee  

Finance and Audit Committee  

  • 2008 Budget Process
  • Corporate Resolution

    For Information
  • Finance and Audit Mandate

Paralegal Standing Committee  

  • Housekeeping Amendments to Paralegal Code of Conduct
  • French Version of Paralegal Code of Conduct

    For Information
  • Trust Accounts By-Law for Paralegals
  • Proposed Amendment to the Licensing By-Law
  • Communications

Professional Regulation Committee  

  • Vacating Discipline and Conduct Records
  • Amendments to Rule of Professional Conduct 6.08 [Approval Process]

    For Information
  • Professional Regulation Division Quarterly Report

Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence
- Deemed Call Candidates

Report on the Federation of Law Societies Semi-Annual Meeting  


REPORTS FOR INFORMATION ONLY  

Ontario Regulation 167/07: Hearings Before the Hearing and Appeal Panels  

Motions