Federation of Ontario Law Associations

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About FOLA

About FOLA

Federation of Ontario Law Associations FOLA

Founded over 30 years ago, our members are the 46 local law associations (plus the Toronto Lawyers' Association), represented in every judicial district in Ontario.  These local law associations collectively represent nearly 12,000 lawyers who are in private practice in firms across Ontario. These lawyers and our member associations are on the front-lines of the justice system and see its triumphs and shortcomings every day. 

FOLA is a non-profit organization that advocates for a better justice system that recognizes the crucial role competent and professional lawyers play in that system.  


We encourage you to engage with us in a dialogue on how to make our justice system even better.  

Our Leadership

Leadership, Executive, Professional, membership, lawyers

Chaired by Mike Winward, a partner with Mackesy Smye LLP (Hamilton, ON), our 2018-2020 Executive consists of 14 lawyers from all over Ontario, including 7 regional chairs and 4 committee chairs.  

For more information, please here or visit our About Us section.

Our Executive meets monthly and 2x per year our 47 Association Presidents and members of their executives convene at FOLA's biannual plenaries.

For more information on our Associations, please visit us here.


Conferences, Education, Resources

From backgrounders and updates to Submissions to the Law Society of Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario to public advocacy communications, we have lots of information to keep you up to date on the issues and concerns facing lawyers in Ontario.  

We have links to all Law Associations and Law Libraries in Ontario and, if you are not already a member of yours, we encourage you to join.

FOLA has valuable Practice Resources, helpful  Mental Health & Wellness Resources , Tech and Blockchain Resources, Membership Resources, a section for Law Students with tips for articling, and more!

If it's events your looking for, please visit our events section.

In the spirit of financial wellness, we have a Financial Blog and to help with ongoing Professional Development, we also have a special offer on CPD credits.

And one of our most popular: our travel deals. FOLA offers amazing trips to each year – trips that are always open to lawyers and non-lawyers alike – so tell your friends!

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Are we missing something?  Let us know!  Email Katie Robinette at katie.robinette@fola.ca.




FOLA offers all members of their local Law Associations a great discount on Hilton and Hilton-affiliate Hotels across Canada.  

Travelling for work or play?  Your membership will offer access to some of the best-performing and best-known brands in the business!


Online learning

FOLA has partnered with CPDonline.ca to provide Ontario's law association members access to their extensive 24/7 online cpd library for just $199.00 per year.  

Plus, for each new subscriber within your association, CPDonline will donate  $100 to that association!  



Join us as we venture into the heart of Ecuador’s societal and natural heritage - includes visits to Quito, Baltra, Otavalo, & Galápagos (with Peru Extension)!

NOV. 23 - DEC. 2, 2020

 BONUS:  FOLA will donate $50 for each person registered on this trip to that respective Law Association!