October 2013

 
  

Law Society budget moderates fee increases for lawyers — no increase for paralegals
Convocation approved its 2014 budget with a modest annual fee increase of 0.8 per cent for lawyers and no increase for paralegals. The 2014 fee for a practising lawyer will increase by $15, from $1,851 to $1,866, while the fee for licensed paralegals will remain at $996. Full report. Approved Budget Summary.

Rules of Professional Conduct amended to implement Federation’s Model Code
Convocation approved amendments to the lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct to implement the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s Model Code of Professional Conduct. The new rules come into effect October 1, 2014. Most amendments are minor, however some changes are more substantive and introduce new standards. The Law Society is developing new and updating existing resources to assist lawyers and will offer CPD programs on the amended rules. More information with summary of changes.

Enhancements to articling program approved
As part of the Pathways pilot project, Convocation approved the implementation of performance-based evaluations of candidates in the articling program. The enhancements to the program will be in place for the 2014-15 licensing year. Convocation also decided to defer consideration of the optimal focus and format of the final skills/culminating assessment until more information is available about learning outcomes in the articling program and the Law Practice Program (LPP). The Law Society is also developing measures to better evaluate the effectiveness of the articling program. Full report.

At its November 2012 meeting, Convocation approved the three-year Pathways pilot project that will allow lawyer licensing candidates to either article or complete a LPP. More on Pathways.

Call for input regarding AGM approved
Convocation approved a call for input from lawyers and paralegals on some options under consideration for revitalizing the Law Society's Annual General Meeting. The deadline for submissions is December 16, 2013. More information.

Law Society establishes Human Rights Award
A new Law Society Human Rights Award will be granted every two years to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of human rights and the promotion of the rule of law, nationally and internationally. Full report.

Human Rights Monitoring Group Intervention approved
Convocation approved an intervention respecting human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh in Iran. Full report.

Guide for creating an inclusive work environment updated
The Law Society has updated the guide Sexual orientation and gender identity: Creating an inclusive work environment – a guide for law firms and other organizations. Full report.

By-Law 6 amended re: mobility insurance provisions
Convocation amended By-Law 6 [Professional Liability Insurance] to implement insurance provisions of the National Mobility Agreement 2013. Full report.

Policy for funding of external organizations amended
Convocation amended a policy for funding requests from external organizations for initiatives that assist the Law Society in fulfilling its mandate. The Law Society will now invite applications to meet identified needs rather than accept a variety of grant applications as part of the annual budget process. Full report.

Appointment
Bencher Avvy Go was appointed to the Hearing Panel for a term ending May 22, 2014. 

 

Reports

Consent Agenda  

  • Appointment
  • Confirmation of Draft Minutes of Convocation - September 25, 2013
  • Report of the Director of Professional Development and Competence -  Deemed Call Candidates

Audit and Finance Committee

For Information

  • Law Society Funding of External Organizations

Professional Regulation Committee

For Information

  • Professional Regulation Division Quarterly Report

Inter-Jurisdictional Mobility Committee 

  • Amendments to By-Law 6 Respecting National Mobility Agreement 2013 Insurance

Professional Development and Competence Committee

  • Articling Enhancements and Experiential Assessment
  • In Camera Item

Access to Justice Committee 

  • Law Society Funding of External Organizations

Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee

  • Human Rights Award
  • Human Rights Monitoring Group Intervention

For Information

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Guide for Law Firms and Other Organizations
  • Law Society Funding of External Organizations
  • Public Education Equality and Rule of Law Series Calendar 2013/2014

REPORT FOR INFORMATION ONLY

Tribunals Committee 

  • Terms of Reference - Law Society Tribunal Chair's Practice Roundtable
  • In Camera Item

Treasurer's Advisory Group on Access to Justice

  • Creating a Climate for Change Symposium