The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) has a new governing board for the 2015–19 bencher term, with the election of 40 lawyer benchers from a list of 95 candidates.
“I’m very pleased to be re-elected. Lawyers throughout the province have elected a group of 40 benchers who are well-equipped to lead the Law Society over the next four years,” says Law Society Treasurer Janet E. Minor. “We are proud and fortunate to have lawyers from all communities, practice and work areas on our new board.”
A total of 16,040 lawyers voted in 2015, representing 34 per cent of eligible voters. The voter turnout in the last election was 37 per cent. One year ago, 1,200 paralegals voted for five paralegal bencher seats. Roughly 20 percent of the 6,000 or so eligible voters took part in the process, which was also conducted entirely online.
See who is on the new board, at the list of all 40 newly elected benchers, in order of standing.
The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) governs Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals in the public interest by ensuring that the people of Ontario are served by lawyers and paralegals who meet high standards of learning, competence and professional conduct. The Law Society has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law.
Ontario lawyers and paralegals in Ontario are self-governing. This means that lawyers and paralegals oversee their own regulation through the Law Society in accordance with the Law Society Act and its regulations. The Law Society of Upper Canada is governed by a board of directors. Known as benchers, the board includes lawyers, paralegals and lay persons (non-lawyers and non-paralegals), who meet most months in a meeting called Convocation to make policy decisions and to deal with other matters related to the governance of Ontario’s paralegals and lawyers.