LSO Governance


Over the summer of 2018, the LSO issued a "Call for Comment" paper regarding proposed changes to LSO Governance.  

The Chair of  the FOLA subcommittee tasked with providing comments to the LSO on its governance review consulted with FOLA membership in advance of our submission to the LSO on Governance Reforms.

The following key input was sought:

  1. Comments on the size of convocation and the ratios of lawyers to paralegals to appointees ( be they government or proposed LSO appointees);
  2. Comments on changes to the sitting term of the Treasurer and Benchers;
  3. Comments on nomenclature currently in use.

FOLA's submission to the LSO.

To view submissions from other law associations, please visit the Downloads section at the bottom.

If your Association made your own submission, please send it to Katie Robinette at for posting here.  


February 2018

The Governance Task Force provided a report to Convocation outlining key findings and next steps under its the mandate of ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in Law Society governance as one of Convocation’s strategic priorities.

Report to Convocation – February 2018

May 2017

Convocation approved the Governance Task Force’s recommendation to change the Bencher election process, so there is a single election date for the lawyer and paralegal Bencher elections, starting on April 30, 2019.

Report to Convocation - May 2017

February 2017

The Governance Task Force proposed that Convocation consider a change to the bencher election process to hold the lawyer and paralegal Bencher elections on the same date.

Report to Convocation – February 2017

September 2016

The Governance Task Force was established by Convocation, at the request of the Treasurer, to review and make recommendations in regard to the Law Society's governance structure.

The work of the Governance Task Force 2016 supports Convocation's strategic priority to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the Law Society's governance methods.

Report to Convocation - Sept. 2016 - Terms of Reference

2019 Bencher Elections

The next Law Society bencher election on April 30, 2019 marks the first time that lawyer and paralegal benchers will be elected simultaneously in Ontario.

As members of Convocation, benchers play a critical role in the governance of the Law Society and the regulation of Ontario’s legal professions in the public interest.

Lawyers and paralegals from all communities, practice and work areas, firm sizes and geographic locations throughout Ontario are encouraged to run in the bencher election.

Those interested in running need to submit nomination forms to the Law Society by 5:00 p.m. on February 8, 2019.



Nominations open: October 15, 2018
Nominations Close: February 8, 2019
Information webcast: January 14, 2019 (TBC)
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

FOLA will be building out a section dedicated to Bencher Elections in the near future.  It will include resources, campaigning tips, and links to all relevant documents and forms.

In the meantime, for more information from the LSO, please click on the button below.

LSO Website