Federation of Ontario Law Associations - AdvocatePlus

Federation of Ontario Law Associations - AdvocatePlus
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For more than 30 years, the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) — previously called The County & District Law Presidents' Association — has focused on advocating for competent and professional lawyers in the justice system.

It advocates for a better justice system that recognizes the crucial role lawyers play and how the legal profession is critical to the functioning of Ontario’s economy, its social fabric, and its democratic institutions.

It represents the interests of more than 12,000 practising lawyers working in communities across Ontario.

Its primary mandate is to advocate on behalf of the legal industry and FOLA members who belong to the 46 local law associations — including the Toronto Lawyers Association —based in every judicial district in Ontario.

FOLA focuses on business viability issues impacting private-practice lawyers. It assists lawyers with the business side of providing legal services in Ontario by offering a professional networking, communication, and informal professional development platform for members.

It also forms working committees on specific subjects or practice areas such as real estate or family law or on topics of interest to the legal profession.

FOLA committees produce policy recommendations that are used in consultations with government or the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) in the development of new policies, laws and regulations.

FOLA also engages with the Ontario and federal governments, the LSO, and other stakeholder groups, such as business associations, in an effort to promote the vital role of lawyers in Ontario.

Federation of Ontario Law Associations - AdvocatePlus Posts

Ontario 2019 Budget & Justice: FOLA applauds some measures, has some concerns

The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) was pleased to see that the Ontario Government announced in it’s April 11 th Budget that it plans proposed legislation to reduce the use of civil juries for simplified procedure trials, noting that this should help maximize the use of the limited resources within the Superior Court of Justice. Read more

Hiring an articling student?

It's Time to Hire an Articling Student. What's Next? Read more

Are we saving too much for retirement?

Frederick Vettese is an actuary and partner at Morneau Shepell. He is the co-author of The Real Retirement and author of Retirement Income for Life . As an actuary, he has looked at the most common shockers that we prepare for in retirement. His conclusion is that some Canadians are over-saving for retirement because they fear events that will probably never happen. And he’s got some math to prove it. Read more

Everyone needs an RSP right? Wrong!

The deadline to make a contribution to your Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) is March 1st, 2019. Most people will likely benefit from opening an RSP early, investing regularly, and staying invested for the long haul. Read more

Unsure how to plan so that you land an awesome articling position? FOLA has some tips!

Articling is one of the two experiential training paths put in place by the Law Society of Ontario as part of the requirements for becoming a licenced lawyer in Canada. It involves completing a ten-month placement with an approved principal. Read more

Are you a law student looking for an articling placement?

The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) has a new page on our website just for you! Read more

Are you ready? #BellLetsTalk Day is: January 30, 2019!

On January 30th, 2019, Bell will contribute 5¢ for every applicable text, call, #BellLetsTalk tweet, their social media video view, and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter towards mental health initiatives in Canada! Read more

FOLA partners with Global Legal Blockchain Consortium

The Federation of Ontario Law Associations ( FOLA ) has joined the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium (GLBC), an organization of legal and technology industry stakeholders focused on increasing the security, productivity, and interoperability of blockchain technology. Read more

Report on FOLA's November Plenary Now Available!

From November 7 th through November 9 th , 2018, Law Association Presidents, Law Association delegates and Law Association Library staff members in Waterloo, ON to attend FOLA’s Fall Plenary. Guests heard from notable key note speakers such as Ontario’s Attorney General, the Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Law Society of Ontario Treasurer Malcolm Mercer, Law Society of Ontario Bencher Joe Groia, and Ottawa Lawyer Steve Kelly, and your FOLA Executive. With an overarching theme of mental health and wellness in the legal profession, FOLA also hosted a special panel on mental health, addictions, and mindfulness and unveiled a new webpage dedicated to providing mental health resources that many in our profession will find valuable. Read more

FOLA wants to help find a solution to sustainable funding for PBO

At the end of October 2018, The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) became aware that Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) planned to close their courthouse law help centres in Toronto and Ottawa -effective December 14, 2018. Read more

Hamilton Lawyer Mike Winward elected as new FOLA Chair

On Friday November 9 th , Ontario’s 47 Law Association Presidents elected Mike Winward as the new Chair of the Federation of Ontario’s Law Associations (FOLA) . Read more

FOLA announces partnership with CPDonline

FOLA has partnered with CPDonline to provide Ontario's law association members 24/7, unlimited access to their extensive cpd library for only $199.00 per year. Read more

New Videos: The value of membership

FOLA is excited to announce five new videos to help you both retain existing and attract new members to your local law association. We know how important videos can be in quickly and succinctly articulate messaging and we invite Ontario’s 47 Law Associations to use these in any and all promotional materials and to include them in upcoming newsletters. Read more