Convocation Update

Convocation met on May 26 and the following items came up that may be of interest to you.

Lawyer and paralegal conduct rules amended

  • 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.

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.

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