REMINDER: “Meet & Greet” with Racialized and Equity-Seeking Bencher Candidates

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Date & Time: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm Location: Law Society of Upper Canada, Convocation Hall This event, organized as a special meeting of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA), highlights and promotes racialized and equity-seeking Bencher candidates from RODA member associations.  FACL is a member of RODA, and this will be your» Read More

REMINDER: LSUC Program on Wed. Feb. 25 at 4pm-6pm on “Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees” and FACL’s Submissions

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The Law Society of Upper Canada is offering its second program in Toronto to present the findings from its consultation paper, Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees. The program is scheduled for Wednesday February 25, 2015, 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Donald Lamont Learning Centre in Osgoode Hall (130 Queen Street West).  This session is» Read More

Call for Nominations to Board and Committees in Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund

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The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) invites community activists, lawyers, academics, and anyone else who cares about women’s equality in Canada to share your talents with us. We have a number of Board and Committee vacancies to be filled. Have you experience and knowledge in any of the following areas? Communications Human rights and equality» Read More

FACL’s Letter to Justice Minister regarding lack of statistics about diversity of federal judicial appointments

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On February 5, 2015, Global News reported that the Federal Department of Justice does not have any “readily available” information about the diversity of judicial appointments from the past 20 years.  Justice Minister Peter MacKay stated there are no statistics because “some people don’t self-identify.” As you may be aware, FACL has long advocated for» Read More

FACL Endorses former FACL Director and VP External (Public), Sandra Nishikawa, in the upcoming Bencher Election

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FACL is pleased to endorse Sandra Nishikawa in the upcoming Law Society of Upper Canada Bencher Election.  Sandra is a long-time advocate of equity and diversity issues, and current Chair of the Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society.  If elected as bencher, one of Sandra’s main priorities is equity and inclusion in the legal profession» Read More

The Hon. Maryka Omatsu Appointed to the Order of Ontario

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FACL is extremely pleased to announce that our key founder and long-time friend, the Honourable Madam Justice Maryka Omatsu, was appointed to the Order of Ontario on February 3, 2015!  The Order of Ontario is the Province’s highest official honour, conferred by the Lieutenant Governor, the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Maryka Omatsu’s long career in the law has been» Read More

Tues. March 3, 2015: RODA Meet and Greet Racialized and Equity-Seeking Candidates for Bencher

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Hello to FACL members: I write as President of FACL.   I am also Vice-Chair of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA), in which FACL is a member association, and chairing its sub-committee on the Bencher elections. FACL is proud to announce that we are participating with RODA in its first “meet and greet” event for racialized and other equity-seeking (LGBT,» Read More