September 2006

Law Society approves model policy for law firms: Pregnancy and parental leaves and benefits for professional legal staff and equity partners
The Law Society has developed a model policy to act as a guide for law firms and other organizations in providing leaves and benefits to professional legal staff and equity partners wishing to spend time with their newborn or newly adopted children. The model policy can be used by law firms of all sizes, legal clinics and other organizations.

The Law Society has produced several model polices to assist in the development of policies and programs aimed at promoting equity and diversity in all aspects of the legal profession. 

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee report

Rules of Professional Conduct to be amended
Convocation agreed in principle to amend the Rules of Professional Conduct . Rule 1.02 and 3.02(4) are to be amended to clarify the meaning of 'associate' and 'associates' and to clarify how the terms are to be used in law firm names. Rule 3.03(1) is to be amended to permit law firms to include names of retired and deceased members of the firm, identified as such, on their letterhead.

Professional Regulation Committee report

Recommendations for promoting diversity in bencher elections approved
Convocation approved a series of recommendations to promote diversity in bencher elections including developing a guide on strategies to run for election based on the results of interviews with elected benchers.

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee report

Guidelines for adjudicators respecting oral/written reasons for decision adopted
Convocation adopted guidelines for Law Society adjudicators to consider when assessing whether to provide Hearing or Appeal Panel reasons for decision orally or in writing. Law Society benchers sit as adjudicators on Law Society Hearing and Appeal Panels.

Tribunals Committee report

LAWPRO insurance premiums
Convocation accepted LAWPRO's report outlining changes to the Law Society's professional liability insurance program for 2007. The base premium for professional liability insurance coverage for Ontario lawyers in 2007 will be $2,600 per lawyer, $100 less than in 2006.

LAWPRO report to Convocation

By-laws 5 and 17 amended
By-law 5 - Election of Benchers was amended to reflect changes to the bencher election process approved by Convocation in June 2006.

The Member's Annual Report, Form 17a of By-Law 17, was amended to simplify and clarify questions on the Form.

Amendments to By-Law 5 - Election of Benchers

By-Law 17 - Member's Annual Report - PR Committee report

Rules of Practice and Procedure amended
Rule 3 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure was amended to reflect the decision made by Convocation in June 2006 to hold competence and capacity proceedings in public.

September 2006 Tribunals Committee report
June 2006 Professional Development, Competence and Admissions Committee report
June 2006 Professional Regulation Committee report

Appointments
Bencher Vern Krishna was appointed to the Professional Development, Competence and Admissions Committee.

Bencher Bob Aaron was appointed as the Law Society's representative on the Canadian National Exhibition Association.

Motion - Professional Development, Competence & Admissions Committee Appointment
Motion - Canadian National Exhibition Association Appointment

Reports deferred
The Professional Development, Competence and Admissions Committee report was deferred.

 

Agenda and Minutes

Reports

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee

  • Pregnancy and Parental Leaves and Benefits for Professional Legal Staff and Law Firm Staff and Law Firm Equity Partners - Model Policy
  • Promoting Diversity in Bencher Election

For Information

  • Appointment of Equity Advisory Group Organizational Member
  • Advancing the Full Participation in the Legal Profession of Students and Lawyers with Disabilities - online information
  • Report of the Activities of the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel
  • Equity Advisor's Quarterly Report
  • Public Education Series and Professional Development Programs - 2006

Finance & Audit Committee

  • Partial Wind Up of Pension Plan

For Information

  • General Fund Financial Statements
  • Lawyers Fund for Client Compensation Financial Statements
  • LibraryCo Inc. Financial Statements
  • LawPro Financial Statements
  • Investment Compliance Reports
  • Pension Fund Governance
  • AS/400 Upgrade

LAWPRO report to Convocation

Professional Development, Competence & Admissions Committee

  • Proposed Amendment to By-Law 24 Respecting Practice Review

For Information

  • Licensing Process
  • Private Practice Refresher Program
  • Director's Quarterly Benchmark Report
  • Law Times Article

Professional Regulation Committee

  • Amendments to By-Law 17 Respecting the MAR
  • Amendments to Rules 1.02, 3.02(4), 3.03(1) of the Rules of Professional Conduct

For Information

  • Quarterly Report from the Professional Regulation Division

Tribunals Committee

  • Guidelines for Adjudicators Respecting Oral/Written Reasons for Decision
  • Amendments to Rules of Practice and Procedure

For Information

  • Tribunals Office Quarterly Statistics
  • New Process - Oral Reasons
  • Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) Training

Reports for Information Only

Lawyers Fund for Client Compensation Committee

  • Referee Panel
  • Identified for Further Discussion
  • Current Fund Status and Levy Issues for 2007
  • Grants Paid by the Fund

Motions