Our 2014 Priorities
Convocation approved six priorities for the 2011-2015 bencher term. Here’s how we moved them forward in 2014.
Access to Justice
Among other access to justice changes, we adopted a new framework to enhance the Law Society’s role in facilitating access to justice. We also produced a comprehensive guide to help people understand if they have a civil legal problem and find reliable information about legal resources and services.
Competence and Professional Standards
The Law Society launched the Pathways Pilot Project by introducing the Law Practice Program (LPP), a new option for experiential training for lawyer candidates, and enhancing reporting requirements for articling principals and candidates. We also made important advances in paralegal regulation.
Equity, Diversity and Retention
We continued to support initiatives to retain women in private practice, launched an engagement process to identify challenges faced by racialized lawyers and paralegals, signed a protocol with the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner and committed to the renewal of the Law Society’s Aboriginal Strategy. We also held our annual series of Equity Legal Education and Rule of Law events.
Significant progress was made on modernizing the Law Society Tribunal by solidifying its independent identity and enhancing its processes.
Business Structures / Law Firm Financing
The Law Society’s continued its study of Alternative Business Structures in 2014, following a report to Convocation that identified a number of possible alternative models for the delivery of legal service.
We continued to enhance our regulatory effectiveness with a focus on reducing risk, and once again undertook a number of other initiatives to monitor and effectively respond to specific issues. These included amending rules of professional conduct, responding to mortgage fraud, unauthorized practice and Indian Residential School complaints, and establishing a disclosure unit.