As part of its ongoing efforts to promote equity, diversity and inclusiveness in Ontario's legal profession, The Law Society of Upper Canada created the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Groupin 2012 to investigate the challenges faced by racialized lawyers and paralegals and consider strategies for enhanced inclusion at all career stages.
After completing informal and formal engagement processes, the Working Group prepared the consultation paper, Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licenseesfor dissemination to the professions and the public - and for further consultation. The paper was presented to Convocation on October 30, 2014.
The consultation paper includes a series of questions for the professions to consider and comment upon. Additional ideas are also welcome.
Consultation meetings were held in key cities during the winter 2015.
Input received during the consultation process will help the Working Group determine its next steps, as well as its final recommendations to Convocation.
Written submissions should be submitted to the Law Society to:
Josée Bouchard, Director, Equity
The Law Society of Upper Canada
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N6
or 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3984
Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees
Challenges for Racialized Licensees - Stratcom Final Report
Equity Advisory Committee Submission in Response to Stratcom Report
Law Society Studies and Scan of Best Practices
Results from Informal Engagements
Community Liaison Report
The following written submissions received as a result of the call for submissions. The authors have consented to the public release of their submissions. If you face difficulties in accessing the submissions, please contact Josée Bouchard at the contact information listed above.
Arab Canadian Lawyers Association
Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario - French submissions
Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario - English translation
Association of Law Officers of the Crown
Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
Canadian Association of Muslim Women Lawyers in Law
Canadian Association of Somali Lawyers
Canadian Hispanic Bar Association
Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association
Dhaliwal, Manpreet; Kassam, Abbas; de Mello, Toni; Dabo, Anne-Karine
Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society of Upper Canada
Family Lawyers Association
Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
Human Rights Legal Support Centre
Indigenous Bar Association
Law Students Society of Ontario
Ontario Bar Association
Ontario Paralegal Association
Professor John Packer
Dean Lorne Sossin
South Asian Bar Association
St. Patrick Baxter, Michael
The Advocates' Society
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law Students
University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, Equity and Diversity Committee
Jun Cai Wang
Women Paralegal Association of Ontario