April 22, 2004
Annual Financial statements get Convocation's approval
Convocation approved the Law Society's annual financial statements for the General Fund, Lawyers Fund for Client Compensation, and Errors and Omissions Fund. In addition, it accepted the financial statements for Law PRO and LibraryCo Inc. for information.
The full annual report will be available at the Annual General Meeting, which will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at Osgoode Hall.
Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Task Force Report submits interim report for information
Convocation established the Sole Practice Small Firm Task Force in March 2003 to study and recommend ways to assure future access to legal services in smaller communities at risk of losing these services, and to address the financial viability of sole practices and small firms.
The Task Force commissioned the research firm Strategic Communications in November 2003 to explore comparisons between lawyers in sole practices and small firms, and lawyers in larger firms. The research data addressed the following issues:
- Perceived shortages of legal services in smaller communities and elsewhere in Ontario;
- The financial viability of sole practices and small firms; and
- The population of lawyers from equality-seeking communities who are sole practitioners or with small firms.
The Task Force presented Strategic Communications' research findings to Convocation in April for information only.
The Task Force is now reviewing the research findings, conducting further research, and considering recommendations to be made to Convocation at a future date.
The Law Society has passed a motion "that the Law Society's Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and the Law Society's Government Relations Committee recommend to Convocation for Convocation's approval the role the Law Society should play and the positive steps it should take to discourage anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred or discrimination in our profession, our society and the world, and to promote religious tolerance and respect in our profession, our society, and the world."
Agenda + Minutes
Reports for Information Only