September 2013

 
  

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.

Full report.

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.

Appointments 
Convocation made committee and other appointments. Motion.

 

Reports

 Consent Agenda 

  • Motions - Appointments
  • Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence - Deemed Call Candidates
  • Paralegal Standing Committee Report - Paralegal Standing Committee Election Changes

 LAWPRO Report 

  Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee 

  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Intervention

For Information

  • Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group Update
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act - Integrated Regulation
  • Discrimination and Harassment Counsel Ten-Year Report for December 2002 to December 2012 and Report for January to June 2013
  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Interventions
  • Public Education Equality and Rule of Law Series Calendar 2013

Bencher Election Working Group

  • Amendments to By-Law 3

Tribunals Committee

  • Adjudicator as Witness
  • In Camera Item

For Information

  • Tribunals Office Quarterly Statistics for the periods ending March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013

Professional Development and Competence Committee

  • Amendments to By-law 6.1 Respecting Approved CPD Program Changes
  • Amendments to By-law 7.1 Respecting Summer Law Students
  • In Camera Items (2)

For Information

  • Contingency Planning Resources

Audit and Finance Committee 

  • LawPRO Financial Statements for the six months ended June 30, 2013
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Financial Statements for the six months ended June 30, 2013
  • LibraryCo. Financial Statements for the six months ended June 30, 2013
  • Performance of Investment Manager
  • Investment Compliance Reporting

REPORTS FOR INFORMATION ONLY

Paralegal Standing Committee

  • Professional Regulation Division Quarterly Report
  • 2013 Paralegal Annual Report

Professional Regulation Committee 

  • Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct Arising from Implementation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada Model Code of Professional Conduct
  • Professional Regulation Division Quarterly Report