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Meeting of the Board of Directors on June 26, 2012

Attendance

Board Members Present:

John McCamus (Chair), Aly Alibhai, Michelle Haigh, John Liston, James McNee, Tim Murphy, Robert W. Ward, (CEO/Ex Officio)

Regrets:

Nancy Cooper, Derry Millar, James Yakimovich

Staff:

Lee David, Sue McCaffrey

Agenda

1. President and CEOs Report (receive)

The President and CEO presented the first instalment of the President and CEOs Report, and highlighted the following:

Discretion

  • External stakeholders have been consulted extensively regarding clarification of the discretion guidelines i.e.; that discretion is reserved for exceptional matters.
  • There was agreement that changes in the law have rendered the tariff inadequate in some areas, particularly in family law, and a review will be undertaken, however, discretion payments must not be used as a solution.
  • The Discretion Project will be perfected over the next few weeks.

Assistant Deputy Attorney General

  • Ali Arlani has been appointed the new Assistant Deputy Attorney General at MAG.

Association of Legal Aid Plans of Canada (ALAPC)

  • The President and CEO, the Vice-President, Policy, Research and External Relations and the former Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Compliance, attended the ALAPC conference in Yellowknife.
  • The former Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Compliance gave a presentation on performance measurement in the legal aid context.
  • The President and CEO was elected Chair of ALAPC. The Association is in the process of redrafting its by-laws and developing a communications plan for more systemic information-sharing and increased profile within the justice system.

Clinics

  • LAO is consulting with clinics on a number of initiatives including the Compensation Funding Framework and visioning.

Director of Strategic Planning

  • A new Director of Strategic Planning has been seconded from MAG on a two-year term. She brings exceptional skills and expertise.

Staff Lawyer for General Counsel and Case Management and Litigation

  • Initially she will act as legal counsel in General Counsel Office and ultimately she will move to Case Management and Litigation.

Certificates

  • Certificates are at or below expectations.

Judicial consultations

  • The Judiciary is supportive and encouraging of LAOs direction. It has been suggested that a session be organized to brief members of the judiciary and address their concerns regarding unrepresented parties, etc.

Long Term Business Planning

  • LAO is undertaking an in-depth analysis and preparing a paper on its objectives over the next five years.

Board members discussed the corporations legislative obligations with respect to annual reports and were advised that the 2011-12 Annual Report is virtually ready for submission.

MOTION:

A motion was made to defer the President and CEOs Report to the June 27th, 2012 meeting of the Board of Directors.