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Feb 17, 2017   Statement to the CBC’s The Fifth Estate regarding the episode of February 17, 2017 

This statement was provided to the CBC in response to questions it raised with the Law Society of Upper Canada. It is shared here in the public interest.


Jan 30, 2017   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the convictions of lawyers Buzurgmehr Yorov and Nuriddin Makhkamov in Tajikistan 
Human rights organizations believe that both lawyers’ arrests and subsequent convictions are tied to their representation of members of the Islamist Renaissance Party of Tajikistan.

Jan 30, 2017   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the arrest of lawyer Levent Piskin in Turkey 
It has come to our attention that Levent Piskin, a human rights lawyer, was arrested by the Turkish police on November 14, 2016.

Jan 30, 2017   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the harassment of lawyer Elchin Sadigov in Azerbaijan 

Elchin Sadigov is a prominent criminal lawyer in Azerbaijan whose clients include several prisoners of conscience and other individuals who have faced politically motivated charges.


Jan 30, 2017   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the harassment of lawyer Electra Koutra in Greece 

Electra Koutra is a human rights lawyer who has experienced harassment as a result of her advocacy on behalf of several Syrian refugees.


Jan 27, 2017   News Release: Distinguished leader of legal profession receives honorary LLD 

The Law Society of Upper Canada presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to lawyer Thomas G. Heintzman, O.C., Q.C., at its Call to the Bar ceremony on January 27 at Roy Thomson Hall.


Jan 18, 2017   News Release: Ontario Justice Partners Launch New Steps to Justice Website: A First of its Kind in the Province 
Site provides comprehensive and reliable information on everyday legal problems related to family, housing, employment and other areas of law.

Dec 20, 2016   Holiday Closures 

Please note that the Law Society will be closed for the holidays Dec. 23, 26, 27 and 30, 2016 and Jan. 2, 2017.


Dec 19, 2016   Paralegal Update - December 2016 
Information about filing 2016 Annual Reports, 2017 Law Society Awards, CPD and more.

Dec 19, 2016   News Release: Law Society builds roster for new Coach and Advisor Network 
The Law Society of Upper Canada is calling on Ontario lawyers and paralegals interested in becoming volunteer coaches and advisors to apply to its new Coach and Advisor Network (CAN).

Dec 12, 2016   News Release: Law Society named GTA Top Employer for 11th consecutive year 
The Law Society of Upper Canada has been named one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2017. This is the 11th year in a row that the legal regulator has received this prestigious honour.

Dec 12, 2016   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concern about the sentencing of human rights lawyer Xia Lin in China 

Xia Lin is a prominent human rights lawyer whose clients include Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, fellow human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, and human rights defender Guo Yushan. On September 22, 2016, Xia Lin was sentenced to 12 years in prison. 


Dec 2, 2016   News Release: Law Society’s governing body adopts strategies to end systemic racism in legal professions 

The Law Society’s governing body approved the final report by the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group. It contains 13 robust recommendations designed to address issues of systemic racism in the legal professions.


Nov 24, 2016   News Release: Law Society announces 2016 Human Rights Award honorees 
Dr. Cindy Blackstock and Waleed Abu al-Khair recognized for their extensive contributions to human rights

Nov 11, 2016   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns over arrest of lawyer Jamshed Yorov in Tajikistan 

Jamshed Yorov is known for representing Mahmadalli Hait, the deputy chairman of the banned opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan.


Nov 11, 2016   The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns over the harassment of lawyer Ramón Cadena Rámila 
Ramón Cadena Rámila is a well-known human rights lawyer and the International Commission of Jurists’ (ICJ) regional director for Central America.

Nov 9, 2016   News Release: Law Society’s 2017 budget addresses key priorities 
Licensees who enroll in annual pre-authorized payment plan are eligible for discount of up to $50

Oct 25, 2016   Notice to the Profession: Electronic Funds Transfer Products for Real Estate Transactions 
The Law Society has been made aware of electronic funds transfer products for use by lawyers to disburse client funds in real estate transactions.

Oct 24, 2016   Paralegal Update — October 2016 

Paralegals' conduct rules amended, Call for Input, Paralegal Award Nominations, 2016 Paralegal Cup, CPD programs and more.


Oct 17, 2016   News Release: Majority of Ontario Residents Believe the Justice System Is Unfair: New Poll by The Access Group on Access to Justice (TAG) 

true Majority of Ontario Residents Believe the Justice System Is Unfair: New Poll by The Access Group on Access to Justice (TAG) 40 per cent believe they do not have equal and fair access to the justice system 62 per cent have little or no confidence that they can afford a lawyer or paralegal


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