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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

‘Be a champion for yourself,’ human rights commissioner advises recent calls, women (L-R) Divya Khurana, Renu Mandhane, Bethany Mckoy sm

Renu Mandhane, the chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, has some advice for law students and recent calls: be tenacious and take risks. ... [read more]

Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 8:28 AM

Deserving benchers victims of unnecessary SOP controversy | Earl Cherniak

There is a biblical saying: “Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind”. That is what the benchers did when they made it mandatory for every licensee to subscribe on the Law Society of Ontario Annual Report form to the Statement of Principles (SOP). It was all so unnecessary. They could have voted for Joe Groia’s opt-out proposal or included equivalent principles in the Rules of Professional Conduct, to which every licensee must conform. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 2:34 PM

LSO Statement of Principles issue must be resolved, says treasurer Mercer Malcolm_Mercer_sm

A decision must be made on the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) controversial Statement of Principles (SOP) so other issues can be tackled, says the society’s treasurer in the wake of a bencher election where a majority of lawyer seats were won by those opposing the diversity initiative. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 12:19 PM

B.C. Law Society holding referendum on annual general meeting changes

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is seeking the profession’s input on proposals to change the way its annual general meeting (AGM) functions. At their May 3 meeting, LSBC benchers approved a referendum on streamlining the AGM process after the law society’s governance committee made a number of recommendations for change ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

‘No one thought this would happen’: outgoing benchers react to turnover at LSO William McDowell sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) recent election has cast the spotlight on a divisive issue: the Statement of Principles (SOP). A “well organized” slate of candidates campaigned to repeal the SOP and took 22 of the 40 lawyer seats available at Convocation, effectively displacing 19 of the benchers running for re-election. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 02, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Alberta law society’s annual general meeting highlights past, looks to future: president Law Society of Alberta president Rob Armstrong

The president of the Law Society of Alberta (LSA) says the society’s recent annual general meeting (AGM) gave the profession a chance to not only see what has been done over the past year but also the issues that are on the radar going into the future.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 10:55 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 2:49 PM

StopSOP slate takes majority of lawyer seats in LSO bencher election Jared Brown

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) bencher election results have been released and show that 22 of the 23 StopSOP slate of candidates have been elected, giving them the majority of the lawyer seats represented at Convocation. The StopSOP candidates campaigned to “eliminate the compelled” Statement of Principles. Voting closed at 5 p.m. on April 30 with results released May 1. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 9:45 AM

LSO amends bylaws for governance reform, ex-treasurers lose voting rights Harvey Strosberg sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) debated the voting rights of ex officio treasurers at Convocation, once again, before approving amendments to its bylaws and Governance Practices and Policies to improve governance effectiveness. Although some benchers advocated that former treasurers should maintain their right to vote, the majority held that they should only be able to participate in debate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

The Coach: Succeeding though administrative management | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

Firm leaders expect employees to follow the rules, follow the policies and share the ethics and the visions of the firm. In exchange, the employee can stay and will be paid. How can a law firm achieve this intentionally? The first step is to answer the following questions: ... [read more]

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Law Society of Ontario approves integrated practice curriculum for Ryerson University Peter Wardle sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation erupted with applause after benchers unanimously voted to approve Ryerson University’s application to have its juris doctor (JD) program designated as an integrated practice curriculum (IPC). ... [read more]