The Federation of Ontario Law Association (FOLA)’s May 2019 Semi-Annual Plenary was a gathering of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of Ontario’s 47 Law Associations, FOLA’s Executive, some law librarians, and friends of FOLA.
With an over-arching theme of Technology and the Practice of Law, the conference consisted of panel discussions, talks, and presentations related to the issues facing Ontario’s practicing lawyer.
Stay tune for our wrap up report, pictures, and videos!
BEHIND THE SCENES: STREET LEGAL Q&A WITH BRUCE M. SMITH, STEVE LUND & ROSELYN KELADA-SEDRA
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November Plenary’s Highlights
OPENING DINNER WITH GUEST SPEAKER
Ottawa Lawyer Steve Kelly
(Note: Video Not Avail)
THURSDAY KEYNOTE LUNCHEON SPEAKER
Ontario's Attorney General, Hon. Caroline Mulroney
TREASURER’S RECEPTION AND DINNER
Hosted by Treasurer Malcolm Mercer
SPECIAL PRESENTATION - WINE, WISDOM AND WITHSTANDING
Joe Groia, Law Society Bencher
MENTAL HEALTH: RECOGNIZING STRESS & PROMOTING WELLNESS IN THE PROFESSION
1. Darryl Singer, SINGER Barristers Professional Corporation
2. Janet Ozembloski, Vice President, Legal Counsel, Medcan
3. Leah Gardiner, Executive Director & Lead Trainer, Mindfulness Without Borders
4. Percy G., Barrister & Solicitor
5. Terry Brandon, Moderator (FOLA SW Regional Chair)
NOTE: This Session is Approved for 1 hour of Professionalism Content
Most of the November Plenary was video-taped and recorded and those recordings are provided by clicking on the links that are embedded in the title/heading of each section for which we have video.
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Mike Ras, former Executive Director, FOLA, provides his biennial “6 month in review”, offers a look at what’s ahead for lawyers in Ontario, and discusses some advocacy issues on the Associations radar.
Fees and competition, licensing, technology in courthouses, real estate closing docs, contingency fees, legal aid, diversity, and bencher elections at the Law Society of Ontario are just some of the issues covered.
Provides a progress update on a variety of Committee work in the Real Estate space such as the Real Estate Liaison Group working group to examine the state of practicing real estate law in Ontario and the Real Estate Action Committee, and the Working Group of Lawyers and Real Estate. She also offers a peek at what’s on the horizon.
Sonya summarizes the top 5 issues on her agenda:
Rule 24 Cost Consultation (looking at ways to reduce costs in legal-related family matters) in Ontario;
Expansion of the unified family court and ensuring adequate judicial resources;
Changes to Child Protection (as per the Katelynn’s Principle)
Unbundled legal services product (province-wide roster of lawyers to provide bundled services in family law in Ontario) and the pilot project in Barrie
Family Legal Services Review (specifically the argument against the LSO special license for paralegals)
Colin provides an overview of the work vLex has been doing to create a special premium access portal inside Carleton County Law Association (CCLA)
Through Will Check, lawyers can deposit the location information about wills they create for their clients. In the future, this information stored with Will Check will assist in easier access for trustees and testators. Accessed through the LSO portal and curated by the CCLA.
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Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) is a wholly Canadian owned insurance company that provides professional liability insurance to lawyers in Ontario and TitlePLUS title insurance coast-to-coast. LAWPRO is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Eldon, Jaye, and Mike discuss the proposed changes to LibraryCo and Law Libraries in Ontario with respect to the new Legal Information Resource Network (LIRN)
Eldon and Nathan provide an update on Law Libraries in Ontario (not including the proposed LIRN).
Jaye Hooper, Chair, FOLA; Mike Winward, 1st Vice Chair and Treasurer, FOLA; William Woodward
2nd Vice Chair, FOLA; Mike Ras, Former Executive Director, FOLA
FOLA’s Key Note Speaker, May Plenary
Diana offers an overview of services and resources available through the LSO (including coaching services) as well as some recommendations and changes being proposed by the Society.
Lawyers Financial is a brand of The Canadian Bar Insurance Association (CBIA) and provides a comprehensive suite of financial solutions exclusively for lawyers, their families and employees.
In addition to providing an overview of all services Lawyers Financial offers, Dawn offered some detailed info on some new offerings such as Travel Insurance and Office Insurance policies offered via a new online portal.
Brigid Wilkinson, Northeast Regional Representative, FOLA (Moderator)
C. Jill Alexander, Carleton County Law Association (CCLA) discusses the CCLA submission
André B. Bacchus, Assistant Director, WPO, LPP, Law Practice Program, Ryerson University
Gina Alexandris, Senior Program Director, LPP, Law Practice Program, Ryerson University
Topics covered: Need for change; market dynamics in the lawyer profession, licensing examinations entry level competence, transitional training
Debbie and Dan discuss the tax changes to small businesses, what they mean for lawyers, and various successes in lobbying for changes.