April 2012


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement amended 
Convocation amended the CPD requirement, recognizing two new types of eligible activities and allowing new licensees to choose from a broader selection of CPD programs and activities.

Viewing archived or recorded CPD programs without a colleague and participating in online courses that prompt responses throughout the learning process are now eligible activities for up to 6 CPD Hours per year. New licensees in their first two full years of practising law or providing legal services may apply any program or alternative activity that is accredited for professionalism, without requiring that each program or alternative activity have 25% professionalism content, and provided that, overall, new licensees obtain three hours of professionalism content annually.  The amendments are effective immediately and apply retroactively to any eligible programs or activities taken toward the 2012 CPD requirement. Full report.

Articling Task Force to deliver final report fall 2012 
The Articling Task Force has moved the expected delivery date of its final report from May to fall 2012. The extension 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. A brief interim report will be provided to Convocation in May 2012. 

Update on Legal Needs Analysis delivered 
The Treasurer provided an update to Convocation on the Law Society’s legal needs analysis and review of the paralegal scope of practice.  Research undertaken to date has raised issues which will be referred to the appropriate Law Society committee. A comprehensive consultation is expected to begin in the fall of 2012. Full report.

Financial statements approved
Convocation approved the audited annual financial statements for the Law Society for the year ending December 31, 2011.
The Law Society’s General Fund finished the year with an increase in the fund balance for lawyers of $2.3 million and a decline of $543,000 for paralegals. Convocation appointed Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Law Society and LibraryCo Inc. auditor for the 2012 financial year. Full report.

Cathy Corsetti re-elected chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee
Cathy Corsetti was re-elected the chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee at its April 2012 meeting.  The chair is elected by the committee annually. 

Priority work plan approved 
Convocation approved a work plan to achieve the priorities it established, in December 2011, for the 2011-2015 bencher term. Full report

Université de Montréal law degree program approved 
Convocation approved the Université de Montréal’s proposed program leading to the conferral of a J.D. in North American Law, entitling graduates of the program to apply for admission to the Law Society. Full report

Rules of Professional Conduct amended 
Rule 2.02(5) of the Rules of Professional Conduct and related commentary were amended to clarify the requirement that lawyers be on guard against being used to facilitate dishonesty, fraud, crime or illegal conduct.  Full report. 

By-Law 3 amended 
By-Law 3 (Benchers, Convocation and Committees) was amended to implement the policy approved at February 2012 Convocation regarding the remuneration of lay benchers.  Full report.

Finance Committee report 
Convocation approved the updated Investment Policy and the continued retention of the Law Society’s Investment Manager, Foyston Gordon & Payne and the Custodian, CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company. Full report. 

Human Rights Monitoring Group 
Convocation approved interventions in the following cases:

  • Spain – Conviction and ban from office of Judge Baltasar Garzón
  • Iran – Imprisonment of lawyers Javid Houtan Kian, Abdolfattah Soltani and Nasrin Sotoudeh
  • Burma – 32 disbarred lawyers
  • China – Harassment and imprisonment of lawyers
  • Russia – Impunity for Sapiyat Magomedova’s attackers.

The Human Rights Monitoring Group was established to monitor human rights violations that target lawyers and judges as a result of the discharge of their legitimate professional duties. Full report.

Treasurer’s report
Convocation authorized the Treasurer to sign the proxy in favour of proposed LAWPRO shareholder resolutions at the Annual and General Meeting of Shareholders of the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company to be held May 1, 2012. Full report.




Agenda and Minutes



Audit Committee

  • Approval of Law Society Audited Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2011
  • Appointment of Law Society Auditor

For Information

  • LAWPRO – Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2011
  • LibraryCo Inc. Audited Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2011
  • 2011 Audit Report (in camera)
  • Investment Compliance Reports
  • LawPRO Annual Report 2011

Treasurer’s Report 

  • Legal Needs Analysis

Treasurer’s Report

  • LAWPRO Proxy

Priority Planning Committee

  • Convocation’s Priority Planning

Professional Development and Competence Committee

  • Approval of New Canadian Law Degree Program
  • Joint Report on Continuing Professional Development

Professional Regulation Committee

  • Amendments to Rule 2.02(5) of the Rules of Professional Conduct and Commentary

For Information

  • Professional Regulation Division Quarterly Report

Finance Committee

  • Investment Policy
  • Amendment to By-Law 3 (Lay Bencher Remuneration)
  • Approval of Investment Manager and Custodian

For Information

  • 2013 Budget Process

Compensation Fund Committee

  • In Camera Item

For Information

  • Grants Approved by the Fund
  • Grants Paid from the Fund

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee

  • In Camera Item
  • Monitoring Group Interventions (In Camera)

For Information

  • Launch of Career Coaching Program
  • Public Education Events

Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence

  • Deemed Call Candidates


Federation of Law Societies of Canada 

Paralegal Standing Committee

  • Election of Committee Chair
  • Joint Report on Continuing Professional Development
  • In Camera Item