What It Really Means for Lawyers to Commit – and to Refuse to Commit – to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
The public interest in a commitment to equality
The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Statement of Principles (SOP) is intended to ensure that lawyers regulated by the LSO commit to equality, diversity and inclusivity. These are all rights guaranteed to Canadians under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The purpose of the SOP is to give each lawyer a responsibility to acknowledge this and, by implication, implement it (there is no monitoring by the LSO, and each firm is responsible for its own strategy).
The public should see itself reflected in the legal profession. The alienation and disillusionment experienced by . . . [more]