Chair’s Practice Roundtable
The Law Society Tribunal Chair’s Practice Roundtable is a forum that meets three times a year, at which the Tribunal Chair obtains feedback from those who regularly practice before the Tribunal on the efficacy of our policies and processes. The Roundtable’s Terms of Reference, below, list its procedures and goals.
The Roundtable is currently composed of the following members:
Malcolm M. Mercer, Chair
Lisa Mallia, Tribunal Counsel
Lawrence Barker, Acting Registrar
Ivy Johnson, Communications Coordinator
Individuals who regularly appear before the Tribunal as counsel
Nadia Liva, Barrister & Solicitor
William Trudell, William Trudell Professional Corporation
Matthew Wilton, Matthew Wilton and Associates
Janani Shanmuganathan, Goddard & Shanmuganathan
Individuals who regularly represent the Law Society of Ontario
Louise A Hurteau, Bilingual Discipline Counsel, Law Society
Kristina MacDonald, Discipline Paralegal, Law Society
Glenn M. Stuart, Executive Director of Professional Regulation, Law Society
Stephen Wishart, Discipline Counsel, Law Society
Individuals who regularly appear before the Tribunal as duty counsel
Blair Bowen, Fogler Rubinoff LLP
Norm Emblem, Dentons
Terms of Reference
- The mandate of the Law Society Tribunal Chair’s Practice Roundtable is to function as a forum for the Tribunal to consult with and obtain feedback from those who practice before the Tribunal regarding its policies, processes, practices, Rules of Practice and Procedure, and practice directions.
- The Roundtable’s focus is on the effectiveness of the Tribunal in conducting its proceedings. The Roundtable is not a forum for the discussion of the merits of individual cases, substantive issues of law, the content of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Law Society processes outside the Tribunal, or proposed or possible by-law changes or legislative amendments.
- The Roundtable shall be composed of the following members: a. The Tribunal Chair, the Registrar and the Communications Coordinator; b. Four individuals who regularly represent licensees and/or licence applicants before the Tribunal. These individuals will be selected by the Tribunal Chair following a call for applications; c. Four individuals who regularly represent the Law Society before the Tribunal. These members will be designated by the Executive Director; and d. Two individuals who regularly appear as duty counsel before the Tribunal. These members will be designated by The Advocates’ Society Duty Counsel Program.
- The Roundtable will meet at least three times per year.
- The agenda for each meeting will be set by the Tribunal Chair, after soliciting proposed agenda items from Roundtable members.
- In order that the Roundtable may function in an atmosphere that encourages candour, members will maintain reasonable discretion and confidentiality with respect to Roundtable discussions.
- No minutes or votes will be taken at Roundtable meetings.
- No members will receive compensation for their participation in the Roundtable.