October 2005

Law Society fee increase necessary to support regulatory mandate
Students get tuition fee reduction
After reducing membership fees 19% over the last four years, the Law Society of Upper Canada has incorporated a 4.7 % annual fee increase in the 2006 budget to invest in critical regulatory programs and to support library services. The Law Society's governing body approved next year's budget, in which Ontario lawyers will see their annual fees increase by $68 per member to $1,509 for 2006.
Finance & Audit Committee Report
Law Society's 2006 Budget - Summary

Recommendations adopted to improve opportunities for Articling Students
Convocation adopted a series of recommendations from the Task Force on Employment Opportunities for Articling Students. The recommendations include applying for funding for a web-enabled database of articling positions, to help enhance opportunities for articling students.
Task Force Report on Employment Opportunities for Articling Students

Law Society to support conference on civil justice reform
The Law Society will support a conference on civil justice reform by providing publicity and promotional assistance together with a financial contribution. The conference is being organized by the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice.
Access to Justice Committee Report

Tribunals committee mandate approved
Convocation approved the mandate for the Tribunals Committee.
Tribunals Committee Report

Appointments
Convocation appointed Allan Gotlib Vice-Chair of the Lawyers Fund for Client Compensation Committee.

Convocation appointed Paul Dray and Bradley Wright to the Law Society Appeal Panel for a term of two years.

Deferred
The Governance Task Force report was deferred.