diversity

  • Why I don’t support the statement of principles

    Apr 1, 2019

    I cannot support the statement of principles for at least two reasons: It violates the right to free speech and the right to religious liberty.

  • Finding my ‘fit’ at CMHC

    Finding my ‘fit’ at CMHC

    Mar 25, 2019

    The case for diversity and inclusion is clearly established: we know that it drives the bottom line, generating different perspectives and ideas, increasing productivity and creating safe, respectful and healthy work cultures.

  • LSO could go farther to help women lawyers, bencher candidates say

    LSO could go farther to help women lawyers, bencher candidates say

    Mar 8, 2019

    It has been more than a decade since the Law Society of Ontario voted to enhance the retention and advancement of women, and some candidates for bencher say it’s time to tackle the issue again.

  • Miller Thomson hosts Black History Month art show

    Miller Thomson hosts Black History Month art show

    Feb 21, 2019

    Miller Thomson LLP hosted an art show Feb. 20, in partnership with Nia Centre for the Arts, entitled “Illuminate” at its downtown Toronto office to celebrate and honour Black History Month and diversity within the legal profession.

  • CBA passes motion defining diversity at AGM

    CBA passes motion defining diversity at AGM

    Feb 12, 2019

    The Canadian Bar Association passed a motion at its annual general meeting defining diversity after a multi-year consultation.

  • Race-based human rights cases disproportionally unsuccessful

    Race-based human rights cases disproportionally unsuccessful

    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.

  • McCarthy Tétrault creates position to promote inclusion, community engagement

    McCarthy Tétrault creates position to promote inclusion, community engagement

    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.

  • Critical topics facing the legal community

    Critical topics facing the legal community

    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.

  • Critical topics facing the legal community

    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.

  • Name-blind hiring won’t fix the legal profession’s diversity problem

    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.

  • Advocating for diversity in-house

    Advocating for diversity in-house

    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.

  • Barreau to release results of diversity initiatives

    Barreau to release results of diversity initiatives

    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.

  • Proposed amendments to CBCA focus on diversity disclosure and more

    Proposed amendments to CBCA focus on diversity disclosure and more

    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.

  • Opening the academy

    Opening the academy

    Mar 13, 2018

    The changing architecture at Osgoode Hall exemplifies Lorne Sossin’s vision of a more outwardly focused law school.

  • Pitch event invites lawyers from diverse communities to present to in-house counsel

    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.

  • Why the Statement of Principles troubles me as a visible minority

    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.

  • McGill panel explores the future of legal education

    McGill panel explores the future of legal education

    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.

  • Statement of Principles critics: Stop fighting against us

    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.

  • Leading change within government

    Leading change within government

    Dec 11, 2017

    Denise Dwyer is using her racialized experience to find solutions for black and indigenous youth.