law societies


  • Longtime LSO benchers take stand on governance

    Longtime LSO benchers take stand on governance

    Dec 10, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario’s recent decision to further cull the number of benchers at Convocation means that several longtime members will lose the rights either to speak or vote in the next few months.

  • Wake-up call

    Oct 29, 2018

    Much has been written in these pages in the past year about the silence in the legal profession around mental health issues.

  • Harassment and discrimination complaints skyrocket

    Harassment and discrimination complaints skyrocket

    Oct 29, 2018

    There was a 50-per-cent uptick in the first half of 2018 in the total number of new individuals who contacted the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel for the Law Society of Ontario, according to a report released by the law society’s Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee.

  • Tighter restrictions considered for former judges

    Tighter restrictions considered for former judges

    Oct 29, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario is considering how it might implement a national proposal to narrow the roles of judges in the courtroom after retirement, according to a report presented to Convocation this week.

  • Bill could cut opportunities for law students

    Bill could cut opportunities for law students

    Oct 1, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario says a new bill that overhauls the Criminal Code could disrupt lawyer training programs and hamper access to justice initiatives and extend court delays.

  • How to address mental illness and lawyers

    Sep 24, 2018

    In a pair of recent decisions — Law Society of Ontario v. Burtt, 2018 ONLSTH 63 and Law Society of Ontario v. Yantha, 2018 ONLSTH 94 — the Law Society Tribunal grappled with what accommodation for mental illness is required in terms of discipline imposed by the Law Society of Ontario.

  • Lawyer ‘made an honest mistake’

    Sep 10, 2018

    Judges from the Ontario Court of Appeal said the Law Society Tribunal Hearing Panel properly found that a lawyer “made an honest mistake” in mishandling mortgage cases, overturning some aspects of findings by the Law Society Tribunal Appeal Panel and the Ontario Divisional Court.

  • Back to the grindstone

    Sep 10, 2018

    A busy fall season lies ahead for lawyers. Summer is typically thought of as a season best suited for rest and relaxation.

  • Lawyer in trouble with LSO for tweets

    Sep 3, 2018

    Ottawa lawyer Charlene Desrochers allegedly breached Law Society of Ontario conduct rules in her 2016 and 2017 tweets about the Cornwall courts, according to a Law Society of Ontario affidavit.

  • Rules of civility

    Sep 3, 2018

    There has been widespread commentary on the so-called death of civility in the modern age.

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