The Law Society’s Articling Task Force has moved the delivery date of its final report to Convocation from May to Fall 2012. The change of date will provide the Task Force with time to carefully review and assess the broad spectrum of valuable input provided by members of the profession and interested parties during the consultation period.
During the first three months of 2012, the Articling Task Force held 10 consultation sessions across the province — from Thunder Bay to Ottawa. More than 100 written submissions of varying length were received from individual members, law students, law schools, legal organizations, other law societies, members of the judiciary and government.
“Articling is an issue in which the profession is fully engaged and we need time to consider everything we heard during the consultation process — and thoroughly study all the submissions we’ve received,” says Law Society Bencher and Task Force Chair Tom Conway.
“The Task Force is very pleased with the interest shown and with the quality of written submissions," he adds. “Those who provided input have obviously given a lot of time and thought to this very important issue. They recognize that the Law Society’s focus as the regulator is on ensuring that the public is served by lawyers who are fully competent and professional, while also ensuring that our licensing requirements are fair and accessible."
A brief, interim report will be provided to Convocation in May 2012.