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Should the Law Society of Upper Canada (the governing body for Ontario’s Lawyers) change its name to something more modern and inclusive?

The Law Society of Upper Canada was founded in 1797 and is one of the oldest professional organizations in North America. With over 40,000 members, the Society is the largest Bar in Canada.

The main function of the Law Society of Upper Canada is to ensure that all persons who practise law or provide legal services in Ontario are competent, follow proper procedures and behave ethically. The Law Society was created to regulate lawyers but its mandate has been broadened since May 1, 2007, to regulate providers of all legal services, including independent paralegals.

The Law Society provides a variety of services to help the public access legal services and information, including a lawyer and paralegal referral service, an online directory of licensees, including their practice status, and a client compensation fund.

The Society also offers continuing education, practice management, and substantive information services to assist lawyers and independent paralegals in their practice of law and the provision of legal services.

There is recent debate as to whether or not this governing body should change its name.

Should the Law Society of Upper Canada (the governing body for Ontario’s Lawyers) change its name to something more modern and inclusive?

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