Articling Debate: New licensing programs approved
Convocation approved a three-year pilot project that will allow lawyer licensing candidates to either article or complete a Law Practice Program, starting in the 2014-15 licensing year.
Convocation also approved an appropriate member contribution to help defray costs of the pilot project. The amount of the contribution will be recommended by the Law Society’s Professional Development and Competence Committee to Convocation. More information. More on debate and webcast.
Parental Leave Assistance Program extended
Convocation approved a motion to extend the Parental Leave Assistance Program (PLAP) and institute a means test by which an applicant must have a net annual practice income of less than $50,000 to be eligible for the PLAP. The extension will permit consultation with the profession so as to further study and evaluate the program with the stakeholders. Full report.
Law Society budget introduces modest fee increases for 2013
Convocation approved the Law Society’s 2013 budget with modest annual fee increases of 1.4 per cent for lawyers and paralegals. The 2013 fee for a practising lawyer will increase by $25, from $1,826 to $1,851, while the fee for licensed paralegals will increase by $14, from $982 to $996. Full report.
LibraryCo Inc. budget approved
Convocation approved the 2013 LibraryCo Inc. budget of $8.4 million, representing a 1.3 per cent increase over 2012. Included in the budget is a 2 per cent increase for law library grants. The budget increase will be funded through a $2 increase in the lawyer levy, to $205, and LibraryCo’s continued use of its General Fund surplus. Full report.
Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions approved
Convocation approved interventions in the following matters:
- the arbitrary detention of Fabián Nsue Ngema of Equatorial Guinea
- the murder of human rights lawyer Antonio Trejo Cabrera of Honduras