John Campion Named President of the Federation

(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 law societies are also involved in various important initiatives that increase public access to legal services. The Federation encourages all of its members to consider, and if appropriate, implement these changes” Mr. Campion added.

The Federation’s new President has also been an adjunct professor of law for over 20 years at Osgoode Hall and the University of Toronto, and has lectured broadly in Canada, Europe and the United States. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He has also been a member of the Board of the CBC and is a former President of The Empire Club of Canada.