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Useful tool:

CBA’s new ethical practices self-assessment provides significant guidance for lawyers and firms on diversity, inclusion and equality-related best practices. Check it out.

Going “All In” on Diversity and Inclusiveness: by Kathleen Nalty, Esq.


Dr. Arin Reeves: The difference between diversity and inclusion


Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities in the Legal Profession

A Queen’s University research project: Confidential Online Survey


Touchstones for Change: Equality, Diversity and Accountability

In Commemoration of the 20th anniversary of this report, it is now available for free to all CBA members

Twenty years have passed since the publication of Touchstones for Change: Equality, Diversity and Accountability. The Canadian Bar Association-Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society recognized the anniversary of the landmark 1993 CBA report on November 1, 2013. Here are some pictures from the event.

Alberta Chief Justice Catherine A. Fraser of Calgary wins 2013 CBA Touchstone Award  

 
Chief Justice Catherine A. Fraser
Chief Justice Catherine A. Fraser

Chief Justice Catherine A. Fraser of Calgary is the winner of the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) 2013 Touchstone Award, a prize that recognizes individuals who promote equality in the legal profession, the judiciary, or the legal community in Canada.

The Chair of the CBA Equality Committee, Level Chan, underscored Chief Justice Fraser’s contribution: “She has received the award for her trailblazing work as the first woman Chief Justice of any province in Canada and for her role as strong advocate for equality and the rule of law both in Canada and abroad.”

Chief Justice Fraser was called to the Alberta Bar in 1971 and was named Queen’s Counsel in 1983. She was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1989, elevated to the Court of Appeal in 1991, and appointed Chief Justice of Alberta and Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of the Northwest Territories the following year. When the territory of Nunavut was created in 1999, she was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nunavut.

For more details please read the news release.

The sponsor for the 2013 Touchstone Award is Miller Thomson LLP.


Touchstones: A special invitation from the Chair

I write to draw your attention to current opportunities for involvement in the CBA. Even if your current work has not yet involved active CBA participation or leadership roles within the organization, that just means you haven’t done it yet. There is a place for you in the CBA.

Call for Articles - Touchstones – The Newsletter of the CBA's Equality Committee

CBA’s Equality Committee is currently seeking contributions for the 2014 issue of our Touchstones Newsletter. This issue seeks to include a broad range of subject areas and perspectives on the subjects of accessibility, disability, and the legal profession.

Articles should be 500-800 words in length. Maximum article length is 1000 words. Articles may be submitted electronically in either English or French in Microsoft Word format.

Submissions should be sent on or before the closing date of April 1, 2014 to Rebeccab@cba.org

Count yourself in!

CBA is collecting demographic data to help us understand our membership. This confidential information is quick and easy to provide and will help CBA identify any barriers that people from equality-seeking groups may experience in our organization. Have you self-identified? Here is a link to how to update your membership profile to provide demographic data.


Accessibility isn't an Accident

Ad in CBA National Magazine, September 2010. This was prepared thanks to the generous support of the Law for the Future Fund.


The RARE Finds working group of the Canadian Bar Association's Equality Committee is looking for success stories.

 

The CBA established the Equality Committee following Council's approval of the recommendations emanating from the 1993 Task Force on Gender Equity report, Touchstones for Change: Equity, Diversity and Accountability.

The Equality Committee

  • promotes awareness of equality issues in the legal profession;
  • provides the means to eliminate discrimination;
  • develops resources to assist the legal profession in achieving equality;
  • monitors, on a national basis, the status of equality issues in the legal profession; and
  • oversees the implementation of the various equality-seeking resolutions adopted by CBA Council.

Resolutions
Equality Committee Members
Branch Representatives

Equality-at-a-Glance
Equality is an integral part of the CBA's mission and mandate, and the Association ensures that focal points exist within the organization to address these issues in the short and long-term.

Pubs and Resources
Publications & Resources

Touchstones Newsletter

Measuring Diversity in Law Firms: A Critical Tool for Achieving High Performance

Now online: Videos produced by the Equality Committee
This year, the CBA’s Equality Committee produced three videos that were launched at the CBA’s Canadian Legal Conference on Aug. 15. Available for viewing on YouTube, the videos showcase three members of the CBA who are trailblazers for equality seeking groups

Equity and Diversity Guide and Resource Manual (August 2007)
Developed to assist efforts to promote equality and diversity within the legal profession. 

UN Special Rapporteur on Racism (September 2003)
The CBA's submission delivered by David Matas.

Issues

Issues & Projects

The CBA is constantly working on an always expanding number of issues and projects related to equality. Here are some of our latest initiatives.Awards

Awards

Touchstone Award
Celebrates the accomplishments of an individual or organization who has excelled in promoting equality in the legal profession, the judiciary, or the legal community in Canada.

More awards:
 

News
Contacts

For more information on the Equality Committee, contact:   

Rebecca Bromwich
Lawyer - Law Reform and Equality
Canadian Bar Association
865 Carling Avenue, Suite 500
Ottawa, ON K1S 5S8
Tel. : 1-800-267-8860 / (613) 237-2925, ext. 164
E-mail : rebeccab@cba.org

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