A message from our President David Sterns

  • January 04, 2017

Happy new year! I am honoured to have had the opportunity to work with such dedicated volunteers and staff in 2016. It is our combined effort and enthusiasm that helps ensure our members are heard. I look forward to continuing our important work in 2017.

OBA President Calls for Modernization of Courts

  • December 12, 2016

OBA President David Sterns penned an article for the Toronto Star, outlining some of the efforts that could be taken immediately to help modernize Ontario’s court infrastructure. Bringing technology to Ontario’s courts is one way to help the profession practice more efficiently and help build the public’s confidence in our cherished justice system.

OBA Seeks Clarification on Gowning Requirements During Pregnancy

  • December 07, 2016

Building on a resolution of the Canadian Bar Association’s national council, the OBA’s Women Lawyers Forum and Civil Litigation Section recently proposed amendments to the Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction to accommodate the needs of lawyers appearing in court while pregnant in letters to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Law Society Adopts Recommendations to Address Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees

  • December 06, 2016

At Convocation on December 2, 2016, the Law Society adopted the Final Report of the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group, entitled "Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions – November 2016." The Report contains 13 recommendations related to five themes: accelerating a culture shift, measuring progress, educating for change, implementing supports, and leading by example.

OBA Institute Returns February 2017

  • November 17, 2016

The OBA’s Institute, Canada’s largest legal CPD event, will return February 7-11, 2017 in Toronto, Ottawa and online via live webcast.

Judicial Vacancies Ontario

  • November 07, 2016

The Government of Canada has announced reforms to the judicial appointments process which will make the process more transparent, accountable and reflective of the diversity of Canadian society.