Diversity Report

Diversity

Monday, 16 May 2011 11:03

Committing to diversity

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Rajeev Sharma, vice president and general counsel at Ricoh Canada Inc., signs the Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusiveness initiative. Photo: Andi Balla
Rajeev Sharma, vice president and general counsel at Ricoh Canada Inc., signs the Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusiveness initiative. Photo: Andi Balla
In-house lawyers at some of Canada’s largest companies have committed to lead efforts to give minorities, including people with disabilities, more access to jobs.

Nearly 60 per cent of the youngest lawyers in Ontario are women, a significant demographic shift driven in large part by the increasing number of "racialized" women entering the profession, according to a report released by the Law Society of Upper Canada last week.


b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2010_January_joel_stern.jpgResearch shows a clear disparity between the diversity of the Canadian population and its reflection in the legal profession. While some law firms are boldly encouraging inclusion, as a whole, the legal profession in Canada seems to be moving forward slowly, even reluctantly. 


Monday, 02 November 2009 04:43

Making equity front of mind

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2009_October_chart.jpgLaw societies regulate the profession in the public interest. As such, is it up to the provincial law societies to be involved in improving and promoting diversity in the profession? If governing in the public interest means ensuring not only high standards of competence and learning but also ensuring the practice of law and provision of legal services are reflective of the all members of the public, then yes.


Monday, 19 October 2009 06:43

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

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The government of Canada’s legal agent program — wherein you’re a lawyer or law firm and do work for the federal government — clearly states that all service providers must have workplace equity programs in place.


Friday, 09 October 2009 08:00

The right support can make all the difference

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The old adage “it’s not what you know, but who you know” is an old adage for a reason — it’s mostly true. In a profession like the law where personal relationships are frequently the building blocks of success, it couldn’t be more true.


Friday, 02 October 2009 21:00

Betty's way

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Courtney Betty has worked in the federal government and large corporate environments, but after years tackling corporate issues, he decided he wanted to get closer to community work and found his way to an old bank building on Oakwood Avenue in the St. Clair and Dufferin area of Toronto. He wanted to help people he felt were left marginalized by the legal system.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 21:00

A surfeit of clients

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Djawid Taheri doesn’t want to turn clients away, even if they can’t afford to pay his fees. As an immigrant from Afghanistan and a prominent member of the Toronto Afghan community, he feels compelled to respond to the needs of people who don’t speak English or understand the Canadian legal system and could probably not find anyone else to help them. Yet, even though Taheri maintains that “money isn’t everything,” he does acknowledge he also has to make a living out of his solo law practice.


Wednesday, 30 September 2009 21:00

Diverse perspectives

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Picture this: British Columbia, 1984. A 24-year-old woman is the first black person in 20 years to earn her law degree from the University of British Columbia. She finds an articling position at a small local firm. 


Monday, 21 September 2009 07:19

Video: Special report on diversity cover shoot

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_2009_September_diversity.jpgAlmost 50 lawyers showed up for the cover shoot for Canadian Lawyer magazine's October issue, which features a special report on diversity in the legal profession. click here to view video 
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