Important Dates to Remember
Voting opens: mid-April 2019
Voting closes: April 30, 2019
Questions regarding the election can be directed to the Office of the Elections Officer at 416-947-3404 or 1-877-947-3404 or email at email@example.com and if you're interested, here's the 2015 – 2019 Law Society of Upper Canada Strategic Plan.
Did you throw your hat in the ring? Take a look at our Resource Section for tips on running a winning campaign! Want to learn more about the candidates? We've got a video here & some info for you here. There's even a special section just for Real Estate lawyers.
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LSOBencher.com is an amazing project by Ottawa lawyer Colin Lachance. It was created for the purpose of ensuring that his fellow Law Society of Ontario licensees had sufficient information about Bencher candidates to make informed decisions in the April 2019 election.
Also, the Law Times has a great new website they've built to help keep LSO members informed.
Have a look at some of the most important issues facing lawyers today and check out what the candidates think:
You can find a complete list of 2019 Bencher Candidates who have identified real estate as a substantial part of their practice here at the Ontario Solicitor Network's 2019 Bencher election page
If you're a candidate for the 2019 Bencher elections, you likely already know what the position entails. But maybe not. So here are a few things that you might want to know about the life of a Bencher.
The LSO notes “through their committee work and Convocation meetings, Benchers set policy and determine other matters related to the governance of Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals. Benchers also sit on panels as adjudicators to hear discipline cases concerning lawyer and paralegal conduct, licensing, competence and capacity”.
In preparing their membership for the 2017 Bencher elections, the Association of Women Lawyers (Calgary) hosted an event with Law Society Bencher Darlene Scott, Q.C. and the Honourable Judge Julie Lloyd (a former Bencher).
Here are some key takeaways regarding their observations about the role:
For more, please visit the AWL’s event page
Want to get an idea about how many votes it will take to win? Here are the 2015 results!
Brad Wright has been a bencher for 23 years (16 as an elected bencher/ 7 as a life (non-voting) bencher) and, according to him, it has been one of the greatest experiences of his life!
His only complaint - there aren't nearly enough solicitors serving as Benchers. Read his story here.
And if you are a solicitor and even thinking about running this year, feel free to call him. His contact info is in his article.