November 2007

Priorities set, goals to be established for 2007-2011 bencher term  

Convocation approved nine priorities for the 2007-2011 bencher term. Convocation also approved a process for moving forward with the priorities. The Priority Planning Committee will consult with benchers and staff to develop recommendations for goals for each priority area and for achievement of those goals. The Committee will report back to Convocation with its recommendations during the first half of 2008.

Listed in no particular order, the nine priorities are:

  • Discipline
  • Access to justice
  • Regulation of paralegals
  • Small firms and sole practitioners
  • Governance structure
  • Strategic communications
  • Maintenance of high standards and ensuring effective competence
  • Diversity within the profession
  • Licensing and accreditation

The nine priorities were first identified and reviewed at a Priority Planning session held in September.

See Priority Planning Committee report for more information.

Rules 4.03 and 6.03 amended  

Convocation amended Rules 4.03 and 6.03 of the Rules of Professional Conduct to permit lawyer licensees to communicate with a represented party for the purposes of a second opinion. Convocation also approved minor housekeeping amendments to the Rules.

See the Professional Regulation Committee report for more information.

Protocol on law office searches approved  

Convocation approved in principle the Federation of Law Societies of Canada's "Protocol on Law Office Searches" as a guideline for lawyers and Law Society staff. The Protocol addresses processes for law office searches consistent with the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Lavallee. The Law Society's work on the Protocol as part of a national initiative of the Federation and for its application in Ontario will continue.

See the Professional Regulation Committee report for more information.

Rule 5.01 and By-Law 7.1 amended  

Convocation adopted a new Rule 5.01 of the Rules of Professional Conduct on supervision and amended By-Law 7.1 [Operational Obligations and Responsibilities]. These revisions were a response to matters raised by Convocation in October as a consequence of adopting By-Law 7.1 and repealing Rule 5.01.

See the Professional Regulation Committee report for more information.

By-Law 3 and By-Law 15 amended  

Minor amendments were made to By-Law 3 [Benchers, Convocation and Committees].

By-Law 15 [Certified Specialist Program] was amended to reflect changes to the program approved by Convocation at its October meeting.

For more information on By-Law 3 amendments see the motion , For more information on By-Law 15 amendments see the motion and the October Professional Development and Competence Committee report .

Appointments  

Bencher Alan D. Gold was re-appointed to the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee.

Benchers Melanie Aitken, Susan Elliott, Julian Porter and Jack Rabinovitch were appointed to the Law Society Medal/Lincoln Alexander Award/Laura L. Legge Award Committee.

Benchers Melanie Aitken, Susan Elliott, Doug Lewis, Julian Porter and Jack Rabinovitch were appointed to the LL.D. Advisory Committee.

Bencher Paul Schabas was appointed to the Human Rights Monitoring Group.

Agenda and Minutes

Reports

Audit Committee Report  

  • General Fund Financial Statements
  • Compensation Fund Financial Statements
  • LAWPRO Financial Statements
  • Investment Compliance Reports
  • Assessment of Investment Manager and Audit Planning

Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence  

  • Deemed Call Candidates

Priority Planning Committee Report  

  • Convocation's Priority Planning - Next Steps

Professional Regulation Committee Report  

  • Amendments to Rules 4.03 and 6.03 of the Rules of Professional Conduct  
  • Federation of Law Societies Protocol on Law Office Searches
  • Amendments to Rule 5.01 of the Rules of Professional Conduct and By-Law 7.1

For Information  

  • Professional Regulation Division Quarterly Report
  • Results of Consultation on the Federation of Law Societies' Model Rule on Client Identification and Verification Requirements (Anti-Money Laundering Initiative) and Federal Draft Regulations on Verifying the Identity of Clients

Report on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada Annual Meeting  

REPORTS FOR INFORMATION ONLY  

CEO's Report to Convocation  

Heritage Committee Report  

  • Sole and Small Firm Practitioners' History Project

Motions

Appointments  

Amendment to By-Law 3 [Benchers, Convocation and Committees]

Certified Specialist Program By-Law 15 Amendments