Ottawa Lawyers Organize Downtown Flash Mob to Celebrate Charter of Rights 30th Anniversary

This had escaped my attention earlier this week.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms last Tuesday, the Canadian Bar Association organized events across Canada such as conferences, mock court sessions for high school students, and flash mobs:

“Lawyers and other members of the legal community in Ottawa celebrated by organizing a flash mob at noon on the busy Sparks Street at Metcalfe, right in front of the Federal Court and a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill. In front of dozens of curious tourists, media cameras, and civil servants on lunch break, legal professionals donned bright green t-shirts instead of their usual suits and danced their hearts out for their favourite constitutional document to a boombox playing the national anthem.”

“The flash mob was choreographed by Alayna Miller, a lawyer at Sevigny Westdal LLP, as well as Vice Chair for the Ontario Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (OBA-YLD), and, more importantly, a member of the Ottawa dance company Ottawa Dance Fusion.”

[From one of my favourite sites: Apt613, whose tagline is “Arts and culture blog by day, secret society to prevent the zombie apocalypse by night” !]




  1. Melanie Bueckert

    Windsor & Winnipeg got in on the act, too. For information about Manitoba’s Charter flash mob, visit To watch the video, click here. New citizens sworn in during Winnipeg’s Law Day festivities were also given I ♥ the Charter wristbands. The bracelets were also handed out at the last MBA Council meeting – very fashionable!

  2. This flash mob in Belgium from earlier this month, although not law-related, still takes the prize.

    Jay Pinkert just provided some legal cautions for organizers of flash mobs that may be of interest.