On October 22, 2022, CALE/ACEJ held its annual meeting of members at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University. This was the first such meeting held in person since 2019. In her report, President Amy Salyzyn outlined CALE/ACEJ’s activities over the past year, including creating new guidelines for the listserv, updating the members list and drafting submissions to the Law Society of Ontario and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada on topics such as continuing legal education, compensation for articling students and competency requirements for NCA students. She also praised a strong Canadian showing at the recent International Legal Ethics Conference at UCLA.
Corporate Secretary and Treasurer Basil Alexander reported that the financial position was largely unchanged from the prior year and that CALE/ACEJ is current with its corporate and tax filings. To better accommodate the banking statements, the year-end was changed to April 30.
Elected as directors of CALE/ACEJ for 2022-23 are Basil Alexander, Gideon Christian, Richard Devlin, Adam Dodek, Jula Hughes, Gillian MacNeil, Andrew Flavelle Martin, Pooja Parmar, Stephen Pitel, Amy Salyzyn and Deanne Sowter. The members expressed their thanks to three departing board members: Brent Cotter, Sonia Lawrence and Alain Roussy. It was also noted that efforts should continue to recruit at least one director from Quebec.
The directors then met and appointed the following officers: Chair of the Board Amy Salyzyn, President Stephen Pitel, Vice-President Pooja Parmar, Corporate Secretary and Treasurer Basil Alexander, Chief Information Officer Amy Salyzyn and Conference Coordinator Pooja Parmar. The directors thanked Richard Devlin for his leadership as Chair of the Board over the past several years.
The directors discussed the FLSC’s current consultation about the national degree requirement and agreed that a submission by CALE/ACEJ should be drafted. They will also consider a response to recent developments in British Columbia relating to competency requirements.
At the end of the members meeting, the University of Victoria agreed to host the 2023 CALE/ACEJ conference. Western University was identified as a preliminary possibility for 2024.
CALE/ACEJ extended its thanks to Amy Salyzyn for her leadership and to Jula Hughes, Wendy Parkes and their team at Lakehead University for their successful organization of this year’s conference.