Law Society

  • 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

  • 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 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‚Äôs 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.