Feb 12, 2019
The Canadian Bar Association passed a motion at its annual general meeting defining diversity after a multi-year consultation.
Dec 14, 2018
Human rights cases related to race possess unique challenges compared to other human rights claims, and often, few succeed, said a panel of lawyers in Toronto last month at the Roundtable of Diversity Association’s fourth annual conference in partnership with the Ontario Bar Association.
Oct 15, 2018
Nikki Gershbain will be joining law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP in a newly created role as senior director of inclusion and community engagement in Toronto.
Oct 1, 2018
Throughout 2018, Canadian Lawyer, with research partners RSM Canada and CIBC, invited members of the legal community to provide input on six critical topics facing the legal community.
Oct 1, 2018
Law firms are under increasing pressure to run their businesses more effectively. Throughout 2018, Canadian Lawyer, with research partners RSM Canada and CIBC, invited members of the legal community to provide input on six critical topics facing the legal community, including diversity, succession planning, talent, growth/capitalization, expense control and technology.
- Jul 16, 2018
A Toronto law firm recently announced its initiative to implement name-blind hiring for summer student recruitment in an effort to promote diversity at its law firm. The law firm encouraged others to follow suit. While I appreciate and understand their reasons for choosing this option to address the lack of diversity in the profession, I would discourage other law firms from following suit.
Jul 3, 2018
As the director, legal counsel for Choice Properties REIT in Toronto, 33-year-old commercial real estate lawyer Jennifer Asnani juggles her in-house role with her duties as the president of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto — all while striving to promote diversity and mentorship opportunities in the legal profession.
Jun 6, 2018
Veteran Montreal litigation lawyer Gerry Apostolatos says women accounted for “maybe six per cent” of lawyers in Quebec when he started practising nearly 30 years ago.
May 10, 2018
With Bill C-25 receiving royal assent on May 1st, amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act are a little closer, including for diversity disclosure.
Mar 13, 2018
The changing architecture at Osgoode Hall exemplifies Lorne Sossin’s vision of a more outwardly focused law school.
- Feb 15, 2018
Racialized and diverse lawyers from private practice who are interested in pitching for work from big companies such as Home Depot, Bruce Power, BMO Financial, Nissan Canada and more are invited to sign up for the Diversity Pitch Event March 7 in Toronto.
- Feb 5, 2018
By the end of March all lawyers and paralegals in Ontario will be required to sign an acknowledgement and promise to “promote” equality, diversity and inclusion generally in their behaviour towards colleagues, employees, clients and the public.” As a female visible minority licensee, I find this deeply troubling, not only because it is vague and far-reaching, but also because it inevitably leads one to certain conclusions.
Jan 17, 2018
At least 150 lawyers and law students braved the snow last night to hear a panel of eminent jurists discuss the future of legal education, at McGill University’s Faculty of Law.
- Dec 18, 2017
The motto of the Law Society of Upper Canada is “Let Right Prevail.” Unfortunately, for many racialized licensees in Ontario, the general view is that right is not prevailing.
Dec 11, 2017
Denise Dwyer is using her racialized experience to find solutions for black and indigenous youth.
Dec 1, 2017
The Law Society of Upper Canada’s statement of principles requirement will not become optional.
- Oct 10, 2017
We hear a lot about gender equality these days, particularly in the context of Silicon Valley and its so-called “bro culture” problems. Private practice has its own set of issues when it comes to gender equality; the retention of female associates has always been a challenge.
- Sep 18, 2017
I recently attended the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 42nd Annual Convention which took place from Sept. 6 – Sept. 9 in Kansas City. This convention did not disappoint, as it was an incredible opportunity to network with law students, community representatives, government officials and legal professionals from the Hispanic and the diversity community from across the U.S. (plus myself and a few colleagues from Latin America). It was made very clear throughout the convention that, despite good intentions and a valiant effort, diversity and inclusiveness within the legal profession remain elusive and the needle has, if at all, only barely moved.
- Dec 6, 2016