Janet Minor, a constitutional lawyer with the Ministry of the Attorney general, is the new Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).
Minor garnered 31 out of 60 votes cast in a single ballot this morning at Convocation. The other nominees were Raj Anand (9 votes) and Christopher Bredt (20 votes).
Minor is General Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General, in its Constitutional Law Branch. She is the first government lawyer elected Treasurer.
First elected to Convocation in 2001, Minor has served on committees that include: Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee, Professional Development and Competence Committee (current Chair), Treasurer’s Advisory Group on Access to Justice (TAG), the Governance Task Force and the Tribunals Committee, Hearing and Appeal Panel.
Exciting Term Ahead for Treasurer
Minor has said that ensuring that competent paralegals are available in well-defined areas of work is a priority for Convocation. Minor is a trustee of the Law Foundation of Ontario and sits on the board of the Ontario Justice Education Network. In 2010, she was awarded the Ontario Bar Association’s Tom Marshall Award.
“I am honoured and humbled to be elected by my fellow benchers to serve as Treasurer of the Law Society,” Minor said.
“This is a very exciting time to lead the Law Society, as we deal with the challenges and opportunities of globalization, technology and demographic change, while striving to make legal services more accessible and the profession more inclusive.
“As Treasurer, I look forward to continuing to enhance public confidence in our regulatory processes and working collaboratively with our justice partners to identify and deliver concrete solutions to improve the public’s access to legal services.”
Past Treasurer Has Left the Building
Today marked the last day for past Treasurer Tom Conway. Benchers robed for Convocation at Osgoode Hall. After the election, as is the tradition, Conway left the building and will not return for several months. He will assume the office of President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in November.
Minor thanked Conway for his leadership and friendship. Conway becomes a “bencher emeritus” by virtue of his previous office.
Conway said recently he was proud of the three candidates, for conducting a “civil and peaceful” campaign, in contrast to the Paralegal Bencher election earlier this year.
By current practice, Treasurers serve two one-year terms. Past Treasurer Conway was acclaimed to the Treasurer’s job in 2012 and again in 2013.
Big Issues for Treasurer Minor
The Treasurer is the highest elected official of the Law Society, which regulates Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals in the public interest. Treasurer presides over Convocation, the Law Society’s governing board. It comprises 40 lawyer, eight lay benchers and five paralegal Benchers.
Besides chairing and setting the agenda for meetings and establishing Convocation committees, the Treasurer is also the public face of the Law Society, representing its more than 45,000 lawyer and 6,000 paralegal members across Canada and around the world.
Significant issues for Minor’s term as Treasurer include efforts being developed by the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group and the Alternative Business Structures (ABS) Working Group.