Some lawyers say changing the name of the Law Society of Upper Canada is just a distraction from the real work that needs to be done in order to address barriers to access to justice.
The law society’s governing body, Convocation, voted today to discard “Upper Canada” from the regulator’s name. Benchers will consider a new name in November.
Proponents of changing the law society’s name say it was an important step in a strategy to improve access to justice. But some lawyers say the debate around the topic singles out a cosmetic issue and ultimately distracts from harder conversations about how legal services are delivered.