During the last three weeks of March, qualified voters will choose the five paralegal members of the Paralegal Standing Committee (PSC) of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Paralegals whose licences are not suspended on March 7, 2014 — the date the voters list is prepared — are eligible to vote. Voters can choose as few as one, and as many as five, of the 25 Candidates whose names will appear at the official LSUC Voters’ Guide.
All voting is online. Eligible voters will get details emailed to them. Voting ends at 5 pm, March 31.
The five candidates who receive the most votes during the voting period will become benchers — full participants in Convocation, the “board of directors” of the Law Society.
Why should I vote?
The five paralegals who are elected will become benchers. They will represent our profession on the “board of directors” of the oldest law society in Canada. April Convocation will mark the first time the number of benchers has changed since 1970.
These five will be the “face” of the paralegal profession, within the Law Society. Their ability to represent the highest ethical and professional standards will reflect on the entire profession. Their respect for the legal community and their fellow benchers will affect the way each and every paralegal is viewed, by other licensees and by the public.
Your vote will help to ensure that Convocation sees paralegals as a viable, active and positive addition to legal community. Your vote will signal that paralegals care about governance and are willing to work with Convocation to fulfill its access to justice goals. Your vote will demonstrate that paralegals are motivated and interested in their own governance.
What is the Paralegal Standing Committee?
The Standing Committee’s mandate is to develop policies for Convocation’s approval, related to the regulation of paralegals, in the best interest of the public. This includes such issues as: licensing qualifications, rules of professional conduct, trust account and financial record-keeping requirements, professional competence standards, continuing legal education requirements, practice reviews, and business structures.
Elected PSC members will start to serve with the April 2014 Convocation, for a four-year term. Paralegal benchers devote two or three days a month to Convocation duties. PSC paralegal members may take part in Law Society committees, task forces or working groups.
Who Governs Licensed Paralegals?
Lawyers and lay persons (non-lawyers and non-paralegals) also serve as benchers at Convocation. It meets at Osgoode Hall in Toronto.
Convocation meets most months of the year, to make policy decisions and deal with matters related to the governance of Ontario’s paralegals and lawyers. The chair of Convocation and the head of the Law Society is the Treasurer, currently Tom Conway. He was acclaimed for another term at June Convocation.
The staff and day-to-day operations of the Law Society are overseen by the Chief Executive Officer, currently Robert Lapper, and his senior management team.
25 Candidates will appear on the Voters’ Guide.
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