Law Society Activities

  • October 13, 2017

Law Society Name Change
Following October’s Convocation and the discussion on the name change, the Communications Steering Group is preparing to come back to Convocation on November 2 with options for a new name.  
Four options have been developed based on the earlier research findings (report from last Convocation available here). These options are based on feedback from over 2,300 members and 1,000 members of the public.  
As well, Convocation was interested in further research. To that end, all members will have received an email on October 13th with a link to a survey to indicate their preference on one of four options for a new name.  Members will have three days to respond, following which public input will be sought.  Please participate in the survey! 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - Inclusion survey closes Oct. 16
OBA members are encouraged to participate in the Law Society’s Inclusion Survey before it closes on Monday, October 16.  Measuring our collective progress is key to the culture shift that will reduce barriers created by racism and discrimination in the profession. All survey responses are strictly confidential and anonymous.

Information session on new obligations – Oct. 30
The Law Society is offering an information session on the new regulatory obligations for 2017:
1.       Creating and adopting a Statement of Principles (mandatory)
2.       Creating and implementing a Human Rights and Diversity Policy (mandatory for legal workplaces of 10 or more licensees) 
Attendance is by webcast or in-person. Non-licensees are welcome. The program contains one Professionalism Hour.
English session: Oct. 30 at 5:15 – 6:15 pm
French session: Oct. 30 at 6:45 – 7:45 pm
Please register for this event in advance. Space is limited for in-person attendance.
Second Annual Access to Justice Week – Oct. 23 to 27
The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) is working with several partners to organize Ontario’s second annual Access to Justice Week from October 23 to 27. Participating in the week provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the justice system, the diverse people involved and the changes we can effect together. Last year, many productive insights and connections were made. This year, the program builds on that foundation with sessions about access to justice as it relates to mental health, technology, public legal education and the importance of community driven initiatives. View the full program here

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration – Oct. 26
Join the Law Society and the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association in marking Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s program will feature a keynote address, panel discussion and reception. The discussion will focus on how lawyers and other professionals can best serve the needs of Latin American/Hispanic clients, and how Latin American/Hispanic lawyers and other professionals can use their diversity to deliver services to clients. The panel discussion will be webcast. Please register if you wish to attend.

CANFest 2017 – Nov. 1 
Attend this open house and reception for the professions to learn more about the Coach and Advisor Network (CAN) and to celebrate CAN’s one year anniversary.  OBA members are encouraged to attend. RSVP now.