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Trinity Western University (TWU) Accreditation

Judicial Review

On May 26, 2014, Trinity Western University (“TWU”) and Brayden Volkenant commenced an application for judicial review of the decision of The Law Society of Upper Canada (“LSUC”) to refuse to accredit TWU’s proposed school of law. On July 8, 2014, a case conference was held before Justice Nordheimer of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, following which a Notice to the Public was issued containing information on interventions in the application. 

 Notice to the public re: interventions plus Application

Questions about the Notice should be directed to Ms. Elliot Spears, General Counsel, at espears@lsuc.on.ca or 416-947-5251. The Law Society of Upper Canada is represented on the application for judicial review by external counsel:

Guy J. Pratte
Nadia Effendi
Duncan Ault

External counsel may be contacted at:

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
1100 - 100 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1J9

(613) 237-5160
(613) 230-8842 (fax)  

Convocation Decision

View archived video of Convocation's April 10 and April 24 sessions.

Convocation, the governing board of The Law Society of Upper Canada, has voted against the accreditation of a proposed new law school at Trinity Western University (TWU) in British Columbia.

TWU received preliminary approval for its proposed program from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada's Approval Committee. The British Columbia government also approved the TWU application. Under Law Society By-law 4, the Law Society considered and decided on the accreditation of TWU with respect to graduates of TWU who would have practised law in Ontario.

At Convocation's April 10 session, members of Convocation discussed the TWU application and spoke to various issues raised in the submissions received by the Law Society over the past month. No vote was taken at this meeting. On April 24th, further discussions took place, after which Convocation voted on this question:

 Given that the Federation Approval Committee has provided preliminary approval to the TWU law program in accordance with processes Convocation approved in 2010 respecting the national requirement and in 2011 respecting the approval of law school academic requirements, should the Law Society of Upper Canada now accredit TWU pursuant to section 7 of By-Law 4?

Convocation voted to reject the accreditation of TWU by a vote of 28 to 21 with one abstention, following two days of debate, which were webcast to the public and the profession.

To maintain an open and transparent decision-making process, members of the profession and the public were invited to view the proceedings of Convocation on both days, either in person at the Law Society or online.

  Treasurer's Statement
 Trinity Western University Submission
Background Materials:
 Federation of Law Societies of Canada
 Submissions to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada
 Law Society of Upper Canada
 Submissions to the Law Society of Upper Canada
 Transcripts, References and Archived Video

 Treasurer's Statement

 Treasurer's statement to Convocation

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 Trinity Western University Submission

 April 2, 2014
 Written Submission for the Consideration of Convocation in Relation to the Matter of the Accreditation of the TWU School of Law(PDF, 25Mb)

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 Background Material

 Federation of Law Societies of Canada

 FLSC Approval Committee Report

 FLSC Special Advisory Committee Report

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 Submissions to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada

 November 20, 2012
 Council of Canadian Law Deans

 November 29, 2012
 Correspondence from Trinity Western University

 January 25, 2013
 Egale Canada

 January 28, 2013
 B.C. Civil Liberties Association

 January 30, 2013  
Kubitz & Company

 February 5, 2013
West Coast LEAF

 February 28, 2013
 Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan

 March 8, 2013
National Association of Women and the Law

 March 10, 2013
Christian Law Students Across Canada

 March 12, 2013
University of Victoria Law Students

 March 14, 2013
 Schulich School of Law Town Hall Report

 March 14, 2013
 UBC Coalition of law students and alumni

 March 18, 2013
 Canadian Bar Association

 March 18, 2013
 Osgoode Hall Law School OUTlaws

 March 18, 2013
 University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, OUTlaws

 March 18, 2013
 University of Ottawa law students OUTlaws

 March 18, 2013
 University of Saskatchewan Gay/Straight Alliance

 March 18, 2013
 Evans & Evans

 March 18, 2013
 Edward Wong

 March 19, 2013
 UBC J.D. candidates and graduates

 March 21, 2013
 Correspondence from Trinity Western University

 March 22, 2013
 Western Law Diversity Committee, Western University Faculty of Law

 March 22, 2013
 Christian Legal Fellowship – UWO Law Chapter

 April 24, 2013
 Correspondence from Trinity Western University

 April 24, 2013
 Swarbrick Agnew

 July 12, 2013
 Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan

 August 6, 2013
 Neighbourhood Legal Services (London & Middlesex)

 August 12, 2013
 Cdn. Association for Free Expression

 August 14, 2013
 B.C. Humanist Association

 August 16, 2013
 Legal Leaders for Diversity  

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 Law Society of Upper Canada

 National Requirement and Approval Committee Report

 Inter-Jurisdictional Mobility Report

 Issues Relating to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms  

 Issues Relating to Discretionary Decision-Making and the Law Society's Public Interest Mandate  

 Issues Relating to the Ontario Human Rights Code  

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 Submissions to the Law Society of Upper Canada

 February 27, 2014
 Mark L. Berlin

 February 27, 2014
 Paul Jonathan Saguil

 February 28, 2014
 Afham, William J.

 February 28, 2014
 Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

 February 28, 2014
 Stephen Bodley

 February 28, 2014
 Craig Burley

 February 28, 2014
 Tom Byrne

 February 28, 2014
 Mark R. Frederick

 February 28, 2014
 Kelly Gallagher-Mackay

 February 28, 2014
 Brad Halls

 February 28, 2014
 Arleen Huggins

 February 28, 2014
 Kyle C. Hyndman

 February 28, 2014
 Scott Kerr

 February 28, 2014
 Alwin Kong

 February 28, 2014
 Anne-Marie Langan* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 February 28 2014
 Leanne MacMillan

 February 28, 2014
 Michal E. Minkowski

 February 28, 2014
 Christopher Moon

 February 28, 2014
 Nikol J. Schultz

 February 28, 2014
 Donna N. Wilson

 February 28, 2014
 Raymond S. Wright

 March 1, 2014
 Law Student Governments

 March 1, 2014
 Mat Brechtel

 March 1, 2014
 Kelsey Horning

 March 1, 2014
 Joel R. Huber

 March 1, 2014
 OUTlaws Canada

 March 1, 2014
 Paul Jonathan Saguil

 March 2, 2014
 Bruce Darlington

 March 2, 2014
 Tom Do

 March 2, 2014
 Karey Lunau

 March 3, 2014
 Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers President

 March 3, 2014
 Ellen Anderson

 March 3, 2014
 Neville Austin

 March 3, 2014
 Michael Collinge

 March 3, 2014
 Luke M. Kuzio

 March 3, 2014
 Molly C. Leonard* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 3, 2014
 Donald C. MacDougall

 March 3, 2014
 Jennifer Macko

 March 3, 2014
 Robert Nadeau

 March 3, 2014
 Stephen Penney

 March 3, 2014
 Michael Rubenstein

 March 4, 2014
 Osgoode Hall Law School Faculty Council

 March 4, 2014
 Michael Cohen

 March 4, 2014
 Susan M.Kacaba

 March 4, 2014
 Suneeta Millington

 March 4, 2014
 Roger G. Oatley

 March 4, 2014
 Phillip Wouda

 March 5, 2014
 Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

 March 5, 2014
 Queen's University Faculty of Law Faculty Board

 March 5, 2014
 University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

 March 5, 2014
 Stuart Bailey* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 5, 2014
 Peter Hamm

 March 5, 2014
 Dorothy Liang

 March 5, 2014
 Katelyn Scorer

 March 5, 2014
 Kate Southwell

 March 5, 2014
 Elizabeth Swarbrick* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 5, 2014
 John Wade

 March 6, 2014
 Alexandra Kirschbaum* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 6, 2014
 CharlesI. Lugosi

 March 6, 2014
 Shibil Siddiqi

 March 6, 2014
 Troy Ungerman

 March 7, 2014
 Kathleen Howes*Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 7, 2014
 Kathy Laird

 March 7, 2014
 Caroline Harris-McDonald and Charles McDonald*Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 7, 2014
 Adriana Nigro

 March 10, 2014
 Canadian Defence Lawyers

 March 10, 2014
 Cornelis Lindhout*Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 10, 2014
 Pamela Rocker

 March 10, 2014
 Alexandra Valova*Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 11, 2014
 Albert H. Oosterhoff

 March 11, 2014
 John V. Rider

 March 11, 2014
 Toronto Lawyers Association

 March 11, 2014
 Robin D. Wilcox

 March 12, 2014
 R. Lee Akazaki

 March 12, 2014
 Theodore C. (Ted) Dueck

 March 13, 2014
 Richard Adams

 March 13, 2014
 Catholics for Choice Canada* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 13, 2014
 Tina Dallas

 March 13, 2014
 Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

 March 13, 2014
 Barbara Landau

 March 13, 2014
 Jean-François Morin
 (english translation)

 March 14, 2014
 Christian Higher Education Canada

 March 14, 2014
 Elaine M. Gray

 March 14, 2014
 Josh Hunter

 March 15, 2014
 Ellen Anderson

 March 17, 2014
 Pierre-Yves Boucher

 March 17, 2014
 Egale Canada

 March 18, 2014
 M. and L. Hummel

 March 18, 2014
 Zohar Levy

 March 18, 2014
 P. Mogan

 March 18, 2014
 Out on Bay Street

 March 18, 2014
 University of Windsor Law Faculty Council

 March 19, 2014
 I. Loui Dallas

 March 19, 2014
 Bradley W. Miller

 March 20, 2014
 Association of Chinese Canadian Lawyers

 March 20, 2014
 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

 March 20, 2014
 Wilfred Day

 March 20, 2014
 Douglas A. Hendler

 March 21, 2014
 Robert A. McGill

 March 20, 2014
 Mary Jane Mossman

 March 20, 2014
 William J. Sammon

 March 20, 2014
 Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Canada

 March 20, 2014
 David M. Sherman

 March 21, 2014
 Donald Buckingham

 March 21, 2014
 Darren Charters

 March 21, 2014
 Thomas Digby

 March 21, 2014
 Eric Endicott

 March 21, 2014
 HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario

 March 21, 2014
 Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

 March 21, 2014
 Barbara Legate

 March 21, 2014
 Dan Mailer

 March 21, 2014
 Judith A. Wahl

 March 22, 2014
 Mike Adams

 March 22, 2014
 Jessie Legaree

 March 22, 2014
 Paul Schachter

 March 23, 2014
 Faizal Ali

 March 23, 2014
 Gilda Berger

 March 23, 2014
 David L. Denomme

 March 24, 2014
 David Bronskill

 March 24, 2014
 Elizabeth Brϋckmann

 March 24, 2014
 Marian Chisholm

 March 24, 2014
 Lynn Iding

 March 24, 2014
 Judith McCormack

 March 24, 2014
 Ontario Bar Association

 March 24, 2014
 John T. Petrosoniak

 March 24, 2014
 Reagan Walker

 March 25, 2014
 Karen Andrews* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 25, 2014
 Matthew Consky

 March 25, 2014
 James W. Dunlop

 March 25, 2014
 Hamilton Community Legal Clinic

 March 25, 2014
 JoAnne Mead Nadeau

 March 25, 2014
 Swadron Associates

 March 26, 2014
 BMO Financial Group* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 26, 2014
 Christian Legal Fellowship

 March 26, 2014
 David Fernandes

 March 26, 2014
 Esther Lexchin

 March 26, 2014
 Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools

 March 26, 2014
 Andre Schutten

 March 26, 2014
 David A. van der Woerd

 March 26, 2014
 Kenneth Vigeant

 March 27, 2014
 Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

 March 27, 2014
 Bradley E. Berg

 March 27, 2014
 British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

 March 27, 2014
 Canadian Council of Christian Charities

 March 27, 2014
 Gerard Paul Charette

 March 27, 2014
 Elaine Craig part 1

 March 27, 2014
 Elaine Craig part 2

 March 27, 2014
 Criminal Lawyers' Association

 March 27, 2014
 Kimberly Grange

 March 27, 2014
 Emily Hill*Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 27, 2014
 Shirley Jackson

 March 27, 2014
 Jeffrey W. Lem and Megan J. Lem

 March 27, 2014
 Ronald J. MacDonald and Amy Sakalauskas

 March 27, 2014
 Paul D. Mack

 March 27, 2014
 Peterborough Community Legal Centre

 March 27, 2014
 Robert A. Piasentin and others

 March 27, 2014
 Aleena Reitsma

 March 28, 2014
 The Advocates Society

 March 28, 2014
 Richard H. Baker* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Alysha Bayes

 March 28, 2014
 Mary Boyce* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

 March 28, 2014
 Angela Cameron, Jena McGill, Angela Chaisson

 March 28, 2014
 Peter Carayiannis

 March 28, 2014
 Catholic Civil Rights League* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 John Clifford

 March 28, 2014
 Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

 March 28, 2014
 CUPE (Legal Branch)* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 CUPE Ontario

 March 28, 2014
 Diocese of London* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Amanda Driscoll* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Philip Fourie

 March 28, 2014
 Marcelo L. Garcia

 March 28, 2014
 Patricia Garcia

 March 28, 2014
 Shelley A.M. Gavigan* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Darcia Hansen

 March 28, 2014
 Kelly P. Hart

 March 28, 2014
 Hispanic Ontario Lawyers' Association

 March 28, 2014
 W.H. Hurlburt* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Valerie Hussey

 March 28, 2014
 Shin Imai

 March 28, 2014
 Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Donald W. Kilpatrick* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Gregory Ko

 March 28, 2014
 Kathleen Lahey* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada

 March 28, 2014
 Catherine Longo and others

 March 28, 2014
 Andrew Lucas and others

 March 28, 2014
 Jennifer Mathers McHenry and others* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Michael A. Menear* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Michael H. Murray

 March 28, 2014
 Neighbourhood Legal Services (London & Middlesex) Inc.* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Sandra Pallin

 March 28, 2014
 Rohit Parekh

 March 28, 2014
 Joel Reinhardt

 March 28, 2014
 Marcela A. Saitua

 March 28, 2014
 John Sikkema

 March 28, 2014
 Joanne St. Lewis

 March 28, 2014
 Rebecca Stanley

 March 28, 2014
 Victor Tchor* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law Outlaws and others* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Unifor

 March 28, 2014
 United Church of Canada

 March 28, 2014
 University of Saskatchewan College of Law Faculty Council

 March 28, 2014
 University of Toronto Faculty of Law Members and others

 March 28, 2014
 Susan Ursel* Submission received in paper format only. Please contact the Office of the Secretary at 416-947-3356 or sfischer@lsuc.on.ca if you have difficulty accessing the submission.

 March 28, 2014
 Erin VanderVeer

 March 28, 2014
 Western Law Gender and the Law Association

 March 28, 2014
 Western University Faculty of Law Members

 March 28, 2014
 Lauren Witten

 March 28, 2014
 Mark Witten

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 Transcripts, References and Archived Video

 Transcript: Convocation, April 10, 2014

 Cases referenced at April 10, 2014 Convocation

Archived video:

 Reply submission of Trinity Western University to the Law Society of Upper Canada

 Transcript: Convocation, April 24, 2014

Archived video:

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