The National Requirement Review Committee (“NRRC”) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada is interested in your views on the National Requirement, the standard that specifies the competencies and skills graduates of Canadian law school programs and internationally trained graduates and lawyers must have acquired to be admitted to law society admission programs in the Canadian common law jurisdictions. As the committee embarks on a comprehensive review of the standard, you are invited to share your experience with the National Requirement and submit your ideas about issues that should be considered. Details are here.
The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is pleased to congratulate Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin on her appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada. The appointment of the first Indigenous judge to Canada’s highest court is an important step on the path to reconciliation. Highly accomplished, Justice O’Bonsawin is a fluently bilingual Franco-Ontarian and an Abenaki member of the Odanak First Nation. She is an outstanding addition to the Court. Canada’s judicial system is strengthened by the presence of diverse perspectives at all levels of the judiciary. Justice O’Bonsawin’s appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada and the appointment last year of Justice Mahmoud Jamal, the first person of colour on the Court, go a long way to ensuring that Canadians of all backgrounds see themselves reflected in our courts. The Federation is honoured to have been represented on the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments that recommended the appointment of Justice O’Bonsawin.
The Federation of Law Societies of Canada joins the international legal community in its unequivocal condemnation of the unprovoked attack by Russia on Ukraine and its people. The invasion of Ukraine is a brazen repudiation of the established international order and an assault on the Rule of Law. It also constitutes an egregious violation of the internationally recognized and inviolable human rights of the Ukrainian people. Federation President Nicolas Plourde said “These illegal actions by Russia are antithetical to the idea that sovereign nations should be free and secure to determine their own future and conduct themselves within an institutional framework that comports with international norms and values, such as an independent legal profession and judiciary, among other bedrock institutions that underpin civil societies based on the Rule of Law.” The Federation urges the Government of Canada to continue its efforts to bring about a reversal of this unacceptable situation and to provide every assistance to the people of Ukraine. The Federation is the national coordinating body of Canada’s 14 law societies, mandated by provincial and territorial statutes to regulate Canada’s 125,000 lawyers, Quebec’s 3,800 notaries and Ontario’s 10,000 licensed paralegals in the public interest. As directed by the law societies, the Federation speaks on matters of national importance related to the independence of Canada’s legal profession, the administration of justice and the Rule of Law, among other issues.