Federation of Ontario Law Associations - AdvocatePlus
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.