Bencher Elections

  • Do benchers even matter to small firms?

    Apr 8, 2019

    Law societies are governed by a board of directors. In many jurisdictions, these directors are called benchers. Some are appointed but many are elected by lawyers across the province. They determine matters relevant to lawyers. They establish law society rules and policies. They also serve as adjudicators in disciplinary hearings. Why then do so many lawyers, especially those in small firms, decline to exercise their right to vote for benchers

  • Bencher candidates offer donations for votes by recent calls

    Bencher candidates offer donations for votes by recent calls

    Apr 1, 2019

    Several candidates in the Law Society of Ontario’s bencher election say they will donate a sum of money for every ballot cast by a lawyer who was called to the bar in the past decade.

  • New ways to learn

    Apr 1, 2019

    Reading case law is such a big part of legal education but many lawyers advise on issues that have never been litigated. Our cover story on food law is such an example.

  • Now is the benchers’ election of our discontent

    Mar 25, 2019

    This has been a tough winter in Canada — one of the hardest in recent years, climate change notwithstanding. Thanks to extended periods of frigid temperatures in southern Canada, we’ve all had unhappy tutorials in the science of things such as polar vortexes and weather bombs. So it was that it was often warmer in Whitehorse than in Toronto. At least in the circles I run, that meant that February was a grumpier month than it usually is. It also meant that, more than once, I found myself mumbling the Duke of Gloucester’s famous line from Shakespeare’s Richard III, “Now is the winter of our discontent.”

  • LSO bencher candidates leverage Twitter to promote platform, engage readers

    LSO bencher candidates leverage Twitter to promote platform, engage readers

    Mar 18, 2019

    With the Law Society of Ontario bencher election about a month away, many bencher candidates are expanding the breadth of their campaign to social media to engage with legal colleagues and the general public.

  • Corporate counsel candidates bring diverse perspective to election

    Corporate counsel candidates bring diverse perspective to election

    Mar 12, 2019

    Corporate counsel are not currently represented as benchers at the Law Society of Ontario, but three Toronto-based lawyers running in this election are hoping to bring the in-house voice to Convocation. ​

  • Ontario’s Law Society benchers split over new proposal for disciplining lawyers

    Ontario’s Law Society benchers split over new proposal for disciplining lawyers

    Mar 1, 2019

    Benchers at the Law Society of Ontario were divided at a Feb. 28 Convocation meeting over new proposed rules for Ontario’s Law Society Tribunal.