TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - W.A. Derry Millar has been elected to lead the
Law Society of Upper Canada as Treasurer. The Treasurer is the President and
head of the Law Society presiding over Convocation, the Law Society's
governing body. Treasurer Millar succeeded former Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie on
June 26, 2008.
The new Treasurer is very active in the legal community, having served as
director on a number of boards, including Legal Aid Ontario, LAWPRO, LibraryCo
and Pro Bono Law Ontario. Between 2003 and 2007, he was lead commission
counsel for the Ipperwash Inquiry. In 2001, Millar was elected a Fellow of the
American College of Trial Lawyers.
A partner at Toronto law firm WeirFoulds LLP, Millar was first elected as
a bencher of the Law Society in 1995 and was re-elected for a fourth
consecutive term in 2007. He has held a number of high-profile positions,
including Chair of the Inter-Jurisdictional Mobility Committee, which worked
successfully to allow lawyers to expand their services across Canada. Most
recently, he served as Chair of the Finance Committee.
"It is an honour and a privilege to be elected Treasurer of the Law
Society," says Millar. "I look forward to leading Ontario's 40,000 lawyers and
2,100 paralegals as we work together to improve access to justice for the
people of Ontario."
"The actions of the Law Society and those of Ontario's lawyers and
paralegals should reflect the values and virtues of the society in which we
live," says Millar. "The Law Society and the legal professions have a duty to
advance the causes of equity, justice and the rule of law."
The Law Society of Upper Canada regulates Ontario's lawyers and
paralegals in the public interest by ensuring that every individual who
practises law or provides legal services in Ontario meets standards of
learning, professional competence and professional conduct that are
appropriate for the legal services provided.
Additional biographical information on Treasurer W.A. Derry Millar is
available on the WeirFoulds website at www.weirfoulds.com.
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