Instructor: Professor Sonia Lawrence, Osgoode Hall Law School
An increasing awareness is being given to the need for diversity and representation within the legal profession. This programming series seeks to uncover many different issues that arise under this theme and understand the intersection of diverse lived experiences. What is diversity? Where does the push and promotion for diversity begin? Can we create better policies that speak to the representation and retention of women and the diminution of sexual harassment or discrimination? How can we reach equal diversity on boards and among partners? Is there an adversarial nature to the legal profession that is at odds with measures and policies focused on equality, work/life balance and better hiring and promotional practices?
In this webinar, Professor Sonia Lawrence discusses diversity and representation in the judicial appointment process, delving into definitions of ‘reflective’ and ‘diverse’, the benefits and challenges of diversity for the Canadian public, considers the appointment process, and speaks to the inherent struggles within the law as to what we expect from our judiciary system.