Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions
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 a consultation paper, which was presented to Convocation on October 30, 2014. The paper included a series of questions for the professions and public to consider and provide feedback. Consultation meetings were held in key cities during the winter of 2015. The Working Group also received a number of written submissions.
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 five 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
To access the final report and other relevant information, including the consultation paper and the 2014 Statistical Snapshots of Lawyers and Paralegals, please visit www.lsuc.on.ca/racialized-licensees.