Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees

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 Group in 2012 to identify the challenges faced by racialized lawyers and paralegals and consider strategies for enhanced inclusion at all career stages.

After gathering extensive information about the challenges faced by racialized licensees and best practices to address these challenges, the Working Group prepared the consultation paper, Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees. The paper was presented to Convocation on October 30, 2014, and included a series of questions for the professions and public to consider and provide feedback on. Consultation meetings were held in key cities during the winter 2015. The Working Group also received a number of written submissions.

The Working Group’s Final Report

The Working Group’s final report, titled Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions, contains 13 recommendations that fall within 5 broad categories of action: measuring progress, accelerating culture shift, educating for change, implementing supports and operations of the Law Society. The final report will be before Convocation for decision on December 2, 2016.

Members of the legal professions and the public are welcome to provide comments* on the recommendations outlined in the report prior to November 14, 2016, by email or regular mail to:

The Law Society of Upper Canada

c/o Ekua Quansah, Policy Counsel

Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West

Toronto, ON M5H 2N6

racialized.licensees@lsuc.on.ca

*Comments may be reproduced, and/or made publicly available by the Law Society.  Should you not wish to have your comments reproduced and/or made publicly available, please indicate so in your submission.

Relevant reports

Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions - September 2016 

2014 Statistical Snapshot of Lawyers

2014 Statistical Snapshot of Paralegals

Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees - October 2014

Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group – October 2012

Consultation Fact Sheet

Results from Consultant Engagement Process - Stratcom Final Report

Equity Advisory Committee Submission in Response to Stratcom Report

Results from Community Engagement Process:

         Results from Informal Engagements

         Community Liaison Report

Law Society Studies and Scan of Best Practices

Written submissions*

The following written submissions were received in response to the Working Group’s consultation paper, which was presented to Convocation on October 30, 2014.  The authors have consented to the public release of their submissions.

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

Dosanjh, Balraj

Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society of Upper Canada

Family Lawyers Association

Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

Girvan, Robert

Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Indigenous Bar Association

Law Firm

LawPRO

Law Students Society of Ontario

Luu, Molly

Ontario Bar Association

Ontario Paralegal Association

Professor John Packer

Scorey, Andrew

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

* If you face difficulties in accessing the submissions, please contact Ekua Quansah at the contact information listed above.