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.
Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities in the Legal Profession
A Queen’s University research project: Confidential Online Survey
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 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.
Equality Committee Members
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.