HLA President W Patric Mackesy and Professional Matters Chair Andrew Keesmaat wrote behalf of The Hamilton Law Association’s (“HLA”) Board of Trustees and members in response to The Law Society of Ontario’s (“LSO”) Governance Task Force call for comment paper, dated August 9th, 2018. After careful review of the options for enhanced governance effectiveness in consultation with our Board of Trustees, please accept the enclosed submission, dated September 26th, 2018, for consideration by the LSO Governance Task Force Committee.
The HLA agrees with the Task Force’s view that a smaller membership for Convocation is necessary. It is our view that the removal of the 35 ex officio benchers – comprised of (1) Life benchers who up to 2010 served as an elected bencher for at least 16 years, (2) Former Treasurers up to 2010 who attained status as an ex officio bencher for life, and (3) Former Attorney-Generals up to 2010 who also attained status as ex officio benchers from Convocation – would effect many of the goals that the Task Force seeks to achieve, including transparency, inclusiveness, effectiveness, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. It is submitted that if Convocation becomes smaller in this way, it either may not be necessary to reconstitute Convocation, or perhaps reconstitution is possible in one revision.
HLA SUBMISSION TO LSO re. GOVERNANCE