Convocation was webcast May 26, 2016.
View part 1 of the archived webcast.
View part 2 of the archived webcast.
Law Society to move forward with proactive entity regulation
Convocation approved the development of detailed options for a compliance-based regulatory framework, as recommended by the Task Force on Compliance-Based Entity Regulation. The options will be the subject of focused consultation with lawyers and paralegals. Convocation also approved the Task Force’s recommendation to seek authority to regulate entities through amendments to the Law Society Act. The recommendations are based on the Task Force’s study of the experience in other jurisdictions, its review of related research and comments received from lawyers, paralegals and legal organizations in response to a call for input. Full report.
Lawyer and paralegal conduct rules amended
Convocation amended the lawyers’ and paralegals’ conduct rules regarding the following:
- Transactions with Clients: The amendments ensure the rules on conflicts of interest in circumstances where licensees engage in transactions with clients are clear, consistent, and logical and able to provide appropriate guidance to the professions.
- Duty to Report: The amendments clarify when the duty to report a licensee to the Law Society arises. They also revise the rules’ approach to the issue of the duty to report to the Law Society a concern about another licensee’s capacity to provide professional services.
- Errors and Omissions: The amendments clarify the rules regarding the relationship between a licensee’s ethical duties and a licensee’s obligations under mandatory liability insurance contracts. The amendments also make it clear that a licensee’s ethical duty to notify their insurer of a potential claim may arise regardless of whether the licensee believes the claim has merit.
The amended rules reflect changes made to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s Model Code of Professional Conduct. Full report – Lawyer rules. Full report - Paralegal rules.
Human Rights Monitoring Group Interventions approved
Interventions in the following cases were approved by Convocation:
- Lawyer Alldo Fellix Januardy – Indonesia
- Lawyer Ni Yulan – China
Update on proposed enhancements to the lawyer licensing process
Proposed enhancements to the Lawyer Licensing Process were reported for information by the Professional Development and Competence Committee to April Convocation with the intent of obtaining input from the profession.
The proposal was part of the Law Society’s strategic priority to enhance licensing standards to ensure new lawyers are competent to meet and surpass the expectations of future law practice.
The Committee, having benefitted from the input received to date, has decided to address and respond to concerns raised, as appropriate, and to continue to receive and assess any additional input over the coming months. Accordingly, the Committee plans to consider these enhancements in conjunction with its assessment of the Pathways Pilot Project, in the fall of 2016.
As a result, the licensing process changes that were discussed in the April report to Convocation will not be implemented for the 2017-18 licensing year.
Nominations for Law Society Treasurer
The following benchers have been nominated for the office of Treasurer:
- Raj Anand
- Howard Goldblatt
- Susan McGrath
- Paul Schabas
The Treasurer is elected through secret ballot by the benchers of the Law Society. The election will take place at Convocation on June 23, 2016. The newly elected Treasurer will succeed Treasurer Janet E. Minor, who was first elected in June, 2014.
2016 Honorary LLD recipients announced
Four distinguished individuals will be receiving the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) at this year’s Call to the Bar ceremonies. The recipients are Mark M. Persaud, Her Excellency Mary Robinson, Richard W. Pound, C.C., O.Q., Q.C. and David Lepofsky.
The following benchers were reappointed to the Proceedings Authorization Committee: Paul Schabas, Chair; Jacqueline Horvat; Brian Lawrie; Jeffrey Lem; Jonathan Rosenthal and Gerald Sheff.
The following were reappointed to the Hearing Division of the Law Society Tribunal: Bencher Marian Lippa; Eva Krangle; Sabita Maraj; John F. Spekkens; Marilyn Thain and Eric Whist.