When public interest work isn’t very public

What are the issues occupying Law Societies’ Boards of Directors these days? I thought finding them would be a relatively straight forward search, assuming all would make their meeting materials, or at least a summary of their deliberations, publicly available. In that way any interested lawyer or other observer could see what the legal regulators are up to. For bodies that work in the public interest, that would be the obvious way to keep the public and the profession abreast

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Why do regulators present awards?

Last week, in Nova Scotia, the medical regulator, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Nova Scotia, presented a whole series of ‘best doctor’ awards. It made me wonder why does a public interest regulator do this? Is it a relic from days when regulators, acting like professional associations, focused on promoting the profession? Is it seen as a means of earning ‘member respect’? Or is it simply an example of mission drift that results when someone has a good

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Law Society Strategic Priorities

How do law society strategic priorities align with the fact that in Canada practice is often national in scope, lawyers are mobile and practice in multiple jurisdictions, and the issues facing the regulators across the County are almost uniform? Though they share a broad obligation to regulate the legal profession in the public interest, a role confirmed clearly last week in the Supreme Court’s TWU decision, the ways they envision that to be done, besides ensuring effective day-to-day regulation varies considerably. Here are their current priorities as descried on their websites:
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