(Posted on November 16, 2009) The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is pleased to announce that John Campion of Toronto has been elected as President of the Federation for a one year term. He had previously been Vice President and President-elect. The decision was made at a meeting of the Federation Council on October 15, 2009, during which Council also named Ronald J. MacDonald, Q.C., of Halifax as Vice President and President-elect and elected Ian Donaldson, Q.C. of Vancouver as Vice President. Bâtonnier Stéphane Rivard, Ad. E., becomes Past-President of the Federation. Their terms of office continue until November 15, 2010. Mr. Campion is a graduate of the University of Toronto law school, and was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1974. He has been an elected Bencher in Ontario since 2000. Mr. Campion is a partner in the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, LLP. He has appeared as a barrister in courts throughout Canada on legal issues including class actions, administrative, corporate, commercial and competition law. The new FLSC President says the professional practice has undergone major changes in the past 30 years. “Indeed, the 1972 legal world that I entered as an articling student is barely comparable to the world that I inhabit today.” “Law firms can be international in scope and have offices around the world” John Campion notes. “They can be big business not just for their partners, but for Canada as a whole. Despite that the majority of lawyers still practise alone or in small groups, serving the public in criminal, family, real estate, estates and regulatory law. They conduct their professional practices with new technology, new demands and frequent changes that were simply not part of the legal landscape when my practice began”. The Federation of Law Societies, Mr. Campion adds, reflects this changing professional reality. “The constituent law societies which make up the Federation have made major changes themselves. They have brought national mobility for all common law lawyers across Canada and Québec civil law lawyers on a limited basis.” Mr. Campion says that as part of these changes, the Federation has adopted a Model Code of Professional Conduct, and is reviewing the concept of a standard approach to bar admissions. “Initiatives underway at the Federation enhance the commitment the law societies made several years ago to remove barriers to national mobility for the legal profession.” "The constituent… (Posted on October 22, 2009) The Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada received the Final Report from the Task Force during a meeting held on October 15th, 2009. The Final Report has now been referred to law societies for their consideration. The report was the result of two years of national consultations on issues relating to the criteria for approving common law degrees for the purpose of entry into bar admission programs in Canada. The Final Report is available here. (Posted on February 18, 2009) Joining other national and provincial leaders, Federation President Stéphane Rivard, Ad. E., addressed the Supreme Court of Canada on February 16, 2009 to congratulate the Honourable Justice Thomas A. Cromwell on his appointment to the Court. A copy of Mr. Rivard’s remarks can be found here.