Janet E. Minor, Law Society Treasurer

treasurer janet minor 2015Janet E. Minor is the Treasurer of the Law Society.

The Treasurer is the highest elected official of the Law Society, which regulates Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals in the public interest. The Treasurer presides over Convocation, the Law Society’s governing board, chairing and setting the agenda for its meetings and establishing Convocation committees. The Treasurer is elected each year at the June meeting of Convocation. Treasurers generally serve two terms.

Treasurer Minor was elected by Convocation to lead The Law Society of Upper Canada as its 65th Treasurer in June 2014. (Read the full list of Treasurers of the Law Society of Upper Canada.)

She was acclaimed for a second term at the June 2015 Convocation, where she set out the focus for her second term and announced a number of new initiatives. (News Release)

In her first term, Treasurer Minor led many initiatives and consultations and met with many groups and organizations. She officially launched Pathways, an innovative pilot project undertaken to address the shortage of articling placements. The project involved significant changes to the experiential training component of the Lawyer Licensing Process, through the introduction of an enhanced articling component and the new Law Practice Program.

In addition, the Treasurer led an extensive consultation process to look at the challenges faced by racialized licensees and began looking at compliance-based entity regulation. A new, more robust licensing examination was also developed for paralegals, along with more stringent accreditation standards for paralegal college programs.

In the spring of 2015, Treasurer Minor, along with Law Society benchers and staff, met with First Nation leaders on Anishinabek Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River territories to discuss their perspectives on access to justice issues. Treasurer Minor is committed to ongoing consultations with First Nation, Metis and Inuit leaders and citizens and to the renewal of the Law Society's Aboriginal Initiatives Strategy, with a focus on reconciliation.

She was first elected as a bencher of the Law Society in 2001 then re-elected in 2006 and 2011. She has served on a number of committees including chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee and the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee, as well as a member of the Access to Justice Committee and the Retention of Women and Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees working groups.

Treasurer Minor has worked in public law since 1977. Up until her election in 2014, she was general counsel in the Constitutional Law Branch of Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General. A highly respected advocate, she has appeared before all levels of Court and has argued many significant cases on behalf of the Ontario government.

She is a founding director of the Association of Law Officers of the Crown (ALOC) and past director of The Advocates’ Society. She has also served on the boards of the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Ontario Justice Education Network. 

Treasurer Minor received the Women’s Law Association President’s Award (2003), the Ontario Bar Association’s Tom Marshall Award (2010), the ALOC Carol Creighton Award for Contribution to Public Law (2013), and a Zenith Award celebrating leading women lawyers from Lexpert (2013).

She has an LLB from the University of Toronto and an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1975. Raised in Wainfleet, Ontario, she has strong ties to the Niagara Peninsula.

Contact the Treasurer at treasurer@lsuc.on.ca