New paralegals welcomed in April ceremony

Posted: 04/25/2013

Paralegal Reception 2013Paralegals from across Ontario gathered at Osgoode Hall last night for a reception held in honour of their graduation.

Treasurer Thomas Conway welcomed the crowd of more than 130 guests, congratulating them on their beginnings in the legal profession.

“The justice system is the embodiment of the rule of law,” he said. “We not only want you to succeed, we need you to succeed.”

While thanking paralegals for the help they offer Ontarians in accessing and navigating the legal system in a timely and cost efficient manner, Treasurer Conway acknowledged that there is work yet to be done in absorbing paralegals into a profession that until six years ago was made up of only lawyers.

Referencing the recent release of consultant David Morris’ report, which characterized the Law Society’s first five years of paralegal regulation as a “remarkable success”, Treasurer Conway also highlighted Morris’ recommendations for the future.

“Although it is only four months since receipt of the report, we have already moved ahead in several areas,” he said.

Cathy Corsetti, the chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee, and CEO Robert Lapper offered their congratulations. Corsetti encouraged new licensees to explore the many resources offered by the Law Society, including the Law Society Referral Service and the Member Assistance Program.

“The Law Society is pleased to provide each of you with as much guidance and help as we can to make sure that your new career is a success, and your clients will appreciate the legal services provided to them by a trained, competent and ethical professional,” Lapper said.

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and beverages as well as the opportunity to meet colleagues and other members of the Bench, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association and the Law Society’s governance team, the benchers, including members of the Paralegal Standing Committee.