LSO

  • Statement of principles shows lawyers still must fight for independence

    Jul 2, 2019

    As I was walking towards Osgoode Hall to attend the Law Society of Ontario’s June 27 Convocation, I could not believe that even in 2019, as a lawyer with a duty to be people’s voice in a supposedly free and democratic country, that I must fight for my own freedom of speech, thought, conscience and ideas.

  • Tech competence should be required

    Jul 2, 2019

    Arguably, all lawyers should understand basic information security practices and ensure they have reasonable policies and measures in place to protect client data against intrusion.

  • More than half of Ontario lawyers elected to regulator oppose statement of principles

    More than half of Ontario lawyers elected to regulator oppose statement of principles

    May 1, 2019

    More than half of the lawyers elected to the Law Society of Ontario’s new board of directors are opposed to the statement of principles, which lawyers say marks a sharp change in direction for the future of the regulator.

  • Law society licenses unabashed law graduate despite “problematic” social media posts

    Law society licenses unabashed law graduate despite “problematic” social media posts

    Apr 8, 2019

    The administrative tribunal of the Law Society of Ontario has ruled in favour of an application for licensing as a lawyer by a University of Toronto law school graduate who berated courthouse staff and posted offensive comments online about police, Crown prosecutors and judges, all while articling.

  • Do benchers even matter to small firms?

    Apr 8, 2019

    Law societies are governed by a board of directors. In many jurisdictions, these directors are called benchers. Some are appointed but many are elected by lawyers across the province. They determine matters relevant to lawyers. They establish law society rules and policies. They also serve as adjudicators in disciplinary hearings. Why then do so many lawyers, especially those in small firms, decline to exercise their right to vote for benchers

  • Bencher candidates offer donations for votes by recent calls

    Bencher candidates offer donations for votes by recent calls

    Apr 1, 2019

    Several candidates in the Law Society of Ontario’s bencher election say they will donate a sum of money for every ballot cast by a lawyer who was called to the bar in the past decade.

  • Why I don’t support the statement of principles

    Apr 1, 2019

    I cannot support the statement of principles for at least two reasons: It violates the right to free speech and the right to religious liberty.

  • Now is the benchers’ election of our discontent

    Mar 25, 2019

    This has been a tough winter in Canada — one of the hardest in recent years, climate change notwithstanding. Thanks to extended periods of frigid temperatures in southern Canada, we’ve all had unhappy tutorials in the science of things such as polar vortexes and weather bombs. So it was that it was often warmer in Whitehorse than in Toronto. At least in the circles I run, that meant that February was a grumpier month than it usually is. It also meant that, more than once, I found myself mumbling the Duke of Gloucester’s famous line from Shakespeare’s Richard III, “Now is the winter of our discontent.”

  • Family law charity helping abuse victims recognized by OBA, LSO

    Family law charity helping abuse victims recognized by OBA, LSO

    Mar 22, 2019

    Luke’s Place, a non-profit in Ontario’s Durham Region that helps train lawyers to work with clients leaving abusive relationships, was recognized with annual awards from both Law Society of Ontario and the Ontario Bar Association.

  • LSO bencher candidates leverage Twitter to promote platform, engage readers

    LSO bencher candidates leverage Twitter to promote platform, engage readers

    Mar 18, 2019

    With the Law Society of Ontario bencher election about a month away, many bencher candidates are expanding the breadth of their campaign to social media to engage with legal colleagues and the general public.

  • Corporate counsel candidates bring diverse perspective to election

    Corporate counsel candidates bring diverse perspective to election

    Mar 12, 2019

    Corporate counsel are not currently represented as benchers at the Law Society of Ontario, but three Toronto-based lawyers running in this election are hoping to bring the in-house voice to Convocation. ​

  • LSO could go farther to help women lawyers, bencher candidates say

    LSO could go farther to help women lawyers, bencher candidates say

    Mar 8, 2019

    It has been more than a decade since the Law Society of Ontario voted to enhance the retention and advancement of women, and some candidates for bencher say it’s time to tackle the issue again.

  • Ontario’s Law Society benchers split over new proposal for disciplining lawyers

    Ontario’s Law Society benchers split over new proposal for disciplining lawyers

    Mar 1, 2019

    Benchers at the Law Society of Ontario were divided at a Feb. 28 Convocation meeting over new proposed rules for Ontario’s Law Society Tribunal.

  • Group against LSO Statement of Principles to launch bencher election bloc

    Group against LSO Statement of Principles to launch bencher election bloc

    Feb 13, 2019

    A group that opposes the Law Society of Ontario’s Statement of Principles says it is raising money to campaign for a slate of candidates in the upcoming bencher election.

  • A year of missed opportunities

    Dec 17, 2018

    For lawyers in Ontario, 2018 will be the year where major opportunities were missed.

  • Brawling lawyer’s licence suspended after biting man’s ear

    Brawling lawyer’s licence suspended after biting man’s ear

    Dec 12, 2018

    A short-tempered Ontario lawyer who bit off a chunk of a grieving man’s ear in a 2013 fight, involving racial slurs, spit and a four-car funeral procession, had his legal licence suspended for four months.

  • LSO to mandate pay for articling students

    LSO to mandate pay for articling students

    Dec 11, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario decided on Monday to alter the training process for young lawyers, approving a proposal to mandate pay for articling students and audit the firms where they work.

  • LSO strips rights of honorary members after contentious governance debate

    LSO strips rights of honorary members after contentious governance debate

    Dec 3, 2018

    In an effort to improve the efficiency of its governance, the Law Society of Ontario on Friday approved changes to limit the rights of honorary members to contribute to debates.

  • The LSO's rules for marketing legal services

    Dec 3, 2018

    How do law society rules impact the type of marketing you can use? The Law Society of Ontario recently added to its advertising rules, which state that a lawyer may market legal services only if they can show it to be demonstrably true, accurate and verifiable.

  • Case against Law Society of Ontario allowed to move forward

    Case against Law Society of Ontario allowed to move forward

    Nov 26, 2018

    A panel of Ontario Court of Appeal judges has allowed the appeal of a lawyer who amended his claim that the Law Society of Ontario’s disciplinary process amounted to wrongful abuse of power.