LAWPRO insurance premiums announced
Convocation approved LAWPRO's report setting out the Law Society's professional liability insurance program for 2014. The base premium for professional liability insurance coverage for Ontario lawyers in 2014 remains stable at $3,350 per lawyer, the same premium charged in 2013, 2012 and 2011. LAWPRO is taking proactive steps in other areas to protect value for lawyers. Full report.
Paralegal election process streamlined
Convocation approved reforms that streamline and enhance the Paralegal Standing Committee election process. Full report.
By-Law 3 amended re: election process reforms
By-Law 3 [Benchers, Convocation, Committees] was amended to implement reforms to the bencher election process approved at June 27 Convocation. Amendments were also made to implement changes to the Paralegal Standing Committee election process, reported and approved separately at September Convocation (see above). Full report.
By-Law 6.1 amended re: changes to CPD Requirement
Convocation amended By-Law 6.1 [Continuing Professional Development] to implement changes to the CPD Requirement approved at May Convocation. Full report.
By-Law 7.1 amended re: summer law students
By-Law 7.1 [Operational Obligations and Responsibilities] was amended to permit summer law students to appear in court and tribunal proceedings subject to certain provisions. Full report.
Nominal registration fees for professionalism programs approved
Beginning with programs held after January 1, 2014, the Law Society is introducing nominal registration fees of $25.00 or $50.00 for its professionalism programs. By recovering costs for the provision of professionalism programs, the Law Society will be able to keep registration fees down for substantive programs.
Human Rights Monitoring Group interventions approved
Convocation approved the Human Rights Monitoring Group request for intervention regarding the detention of lawyer Ni Yulan in China.
Over the summer, the Human Rights Monitoring Group and the Treasurer approved the following cases:
- Persecution of lawyers in Turkey
- Justice Maria Lourdes Afiuni, Venezuela
- Lawyer Arnold Tsunga, Zimbabwe.
Legal Information and Support Services Working Group
The Treasurer established the Legal Information and Support Services Working Group to examine issues related to the Law Society's role in the provision of legal information to the profession.
Law firm resources released re: Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation
The Law Society has produced resources to assist law firms in meeting obligations under Integrated Accessibility Standards, Ontario Regulation 191/11. The documents provide a list of obligations and links to relevant government resources. Full report.
Ten year report of Discrimination and Harassment Counsel released
The Discrimination and Harassment Counsel of the Law Society submitted a 10-year summary report to Convocation for the period of January 2003 to December 2012. The Discrimination and Harassment Counsel confidentially assists anyone who may have experienced discrimination or harassment by a lawyer or paralegal. Full report.
New policy approved re: adjudicators as witnesses
Convocation approved a policy regarding adjudicators as character witnesses before Law Society Hearing and Appeal Panels and revoked the 1995 policy. Full report.
Convocation made committee and other appointments. Motion.