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SOGIC Resolutions at Mid-Winter

SOGIC brought forward two resolutions at the CBA mid-winter meeting. We’re delighted that both passed!

The first resolution is about equality in legal education and the second calls for an Olympics human rights monitor.

The first, titled Non-Discrimination in Legal Education, urged Canada’s law societies and their national coordinating body (The Federation of Law Societies) to require all legal education programs to offer equal opportunity to all without discrimination. This resolution provoked a heated, articulate and laudably civil debate and was eventually passed overwhelmingly at Council. The resolution can be viewed here: http://www.cba.org/CBA/resolutions/pdf/14-04-M-ct.pdf

The second SOGIC-sponsored resolution, calling for a permanent Olympics rights monitor, was much less controversial, with very little debate. It was adopted convincingly and can be found here: http://www.cba.org/CBA/resolutions/pdf/14-05-M-ct.pdf

Both resolutions are featured prominently at CBA.org, as well as in National magazine.

An article and interview (in English and French) on the Olympics human rights resolution is here: http://www.nationalmagazine.ca/Blog/February-2014/Human-rights-at-the-Olympics.aspx?lang=EN.

An article and interviews (one in English and one in French) on the non-discrimination in legal education resolution can be found here: http://www.nationalmagazine.ca/Blog/February-2014/Non-discrimination-in-legal-education.aspx

Join the SOGIC LinkedIn group

Join the conversation by becoming a member of SOGIC’s LinkedIn group. The group provides a forum to share and discuss news and learn about upcoming Conference events and member services. Once you join the group you can start discussions by posting cases or articles, and you can contribute to discussions started by others. We look forward to connecting with you on LinkedIn.

Click here to join! (open to SOGIC members only)

Congratulations to Emma Halpern and Milé Komlen, winners of the 2013 Ally and Hero Award!

View the Ally and Hero press releases.


Triangle (August 2014)

The Conference is currently looking for articles for its next newsletter. If you would like to contribute to the next edition, please contact CBA Newsletters.

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National Sections: Children’s Law Committee

National Sections recently established a Children’s Law Committee to coordinate activities, provide advice, and respond to law, policy, and legal research developments on matters affecting Canadian children. More information is available on the new Children’s Law Committee webpage.

Join the Children’s Law Committee listserv!

Interested CBA members are strongly encouraged to join the Children’s Law Committee listserv. This is an ideal way to stay informed of Committee activities and get directly involved. The listserv also provides a forum to network and exchange ideas with leading practitioners who share your interests.
Membership is free to CBA members.

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Recent Resolution  

CBA’s 2011 Resolution to urge governments to act to end transphobic and homophobic bullying in schools and workplaces carried unanimously at the CLC in Halifax.

CBA’s executive officers made specific mention of this resolution in their meeting with Justice Minister Nicholson at the CLC.  The Resolution also figured prominently in CBA’s letter to the Minister concerning justice priorities.

View the full text of this resolution

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Professional Development

  • Missed a conference? See the SOGIC PD archive or purchase course materials through the CBA Store.



  • SOGIC Executive meeting, April 5, 2014 (Winnipeg)


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SOGIC was established as a new Conference of the Canadian Bar Association at the 1997 Mid-Winter Meeting. Its purposes are to:

  • address the needs and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited members within the Association
  • provide a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and action on legal issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity
  • encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited lawyers to actively participate in the work of the Association
  • develop and provide continuing legal education and other professional development programs on legal issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity
  • develop member services relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited members of the Association

SOGIC is a founding member of the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association and has established contacts with lesbian and gay law groups in the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel, among others. SOGIC members frequently attend the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association's "Lavender Law" conferences. The NLGLA is affiliated with the American Bar Association.

For more information on SOGIC, contact Jennifer McKenzie at the CBA National Office (jenniferm@cba.org).

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