A Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism
“…to maintain and encourage those aspects of the practice of law that make it a learned and proud profession.”
Composed of representatives of the judiciary, the Law Society, the legal academy and various legal and county law organizations, the Committee acts as a steering committee and a clearinghouse to generate ideas and to make recommendations to other organizations and individuals within the legal community about initiatives to enhance professionalism.
“Defining Professionalism” – the elements of professionalism based on key components or “building blocks” of professionalism.
Papers from Colloquia on Professionalism – materials from past colloquia, which are educational programs designed to encourage professionalism after the call to the bar, covering a range of subjects on professionalism – a co-operative effort among the legal organizations in the province and Ontario’s law schools.
Advancement of the ideal of professionalism – exploring methods and opportunities for teaching professionalism in law schools and in the first five years of practice, including creating a database for use by the law schools for curriculum, developing a professionalism “tool kit”, intended to provide law firms with educational resources for associates, and a series of six continuing legal education sessions led by distinguished members of the Bar to talk to lawyers about ethics and professionalism.
Communications – to promote broader use of materials from the colloquia and advancement of professionalism groups, including a catalogue or tool kit of materials that can be used for professionalism programs and development of subject-specific self-contained teaching modules on professionalism, and exploring the possibility of publishing professionalism material, including that from the colloquia, in hard copy for supply to law libraries.