Articles 2023


Understanding Cultural Sensitives through a Trauma-Informed Lens

  • 01 juin 2023
  • Shaunna Kelly

This article explores some preconceived notions and hopefully draws on the need for cultural competence in the workplace. The concepts discussed are transferrable to multiple settings: the courtroom, meeting rooms, interviews and even emails. The need to be culturally sensitive should have a broad application and applies to all professional interactions. Specific examples focus on Indigenous practitioners, but there are transferrable concepts that apply to all groups of people.

Droit autochtone, Student Forum

Conversion Therapy Ban in Canada: a year in review

  • 31 mai 2023
  • Jose Garcia-Bonilla

Conversion therapy has been banned in Canada for just over one year. When the ban was introduced, it was heralded as a historic win in protecting 2SLGBTQ+ communities and was generally well-received by the public and advocacy groups. This article provides background information surrounding the criminalization of conversion therapy in Canada and explores some of the criticisms of the ban one year after its implementation.

Orientation et identité sexuelles, Student Forum
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Deepa Mattoo: Centering the Voices and Lived Experiences of Communities that are Underserved and Discriminated Against

  • 30 mai 2023
  • Myra Sivaloganathan

From a young age, Deepa Mattoo, this year's recipient of the OBA Award of Excellence in the Promotion of Women's Equality, knew that she wanted to pursue law. She marvelled at the power of law to be a force of change, particularly the law’s ability to challenge the systemic issues of misogyny, oppression, and violence that were pervasive in communities that surrounded her. 

Forum des avocates, Student Forum

Re Sandhu and the Role of Capacity Assessments in Court

  • 19 mai 2023
  • Nick Esterbauer, Hull & Hull LLP

This article reviews a recent BC Supreme Court case that revisited the principles to be considered when the court determines whether or not to order a capacity assessment in a guardianship proceeding; further, the article provides guidance for requesting and/or conducting effective capacity assessments.

Elder Law, Student Forum
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Interview with Solomon McKenzie

  • 11 mai 2023

"Another pet peeve of mine, which comes up a lot in legal practice is the description of Black orators as 'surprisingly well-spoken' or 'articulate', I feel like I’ve been haunted by the word articulate my whole life. Every person who is saying these compliments is genuinely trying to be warm, but they’re part of a larger tapestry of behaviour over a lifetime."

Litige civil, Student Forum
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Interview with Nadia Zaman

  • 11 mai 2023

"I still remember a call I had with a potential new client during my earlier years as an employment lawyer. She called me to discuss her workplace situation and wanted to book a consultation with me. I listened to her, expressed that I was sorry to hear about her situation, and explained our process. She advised me that she was given the names of two individuals, and that she had reached out to the other person first as she thought he would be 'tougher' as a white, male lawyer."

Litige civil, Student Forum
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Interview with Alicia Windsor

  • 11 mai 2023
  • Interview conducted by Adil Abdulla and Crystal Park

An interview with internationally trained lawyer Alicia Windsor, who was called to the Florida bar in 2007, moved to Canada in 2016, wrote the NCA exams, passed the Ontario bar exam, and was called to the Ontario bar in 2017.

Litige civil, Student Forum

Interview with Anonymous

  • 11 mai 2023

"[Unconscious bias] comes up in my day-to-day. For example, people assume that I am more mellow, more docile, under-spoken, or not very assertive, all because I am an Asian woman. So when I’m handling files where the lawyer on the other side is known for being abrasive or unreasonable, senior lawyers sometimes assume that I’m unable to stand my ground. And when I act as assertive as any other lawyer, I get called aggressive."

Litige civil, Student Forum

Anonymous Stories

  • 11 mai 2023

"Anti-Indigenous bias is pervasive and particularly in Northern Ontario. For example, I remember being at the OCJ in Kapuskasing as an out of town Crown. I was standing at the podium and there was an accused being belligerent and badgering the registrar. I interrupted and told him to sit down and wait for his matter to be called on the list. As he walked away, he said, 'You send them to law school for free and they come back all uppity.'”

Litige civil, Student Forum