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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

 
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LATEST UPDATE – January 2019

Lawyers and Paralegals – Here's what you need to KNOW AND DO for 2019:

New for 2019:
1. Licensee representative of legal workplaces of 10 or more licensees to complete an equality, diversity and inclusion self-assessment for their legal workplace through the 2018 Annual Report. 

2. Licensees asked to voluntarily answer inclusion questions about their legal workplace in their 2018 Annual Report. The Law Society will report back to legal workplaces of 25 or more licensees.

3. The Law Society will develop and publish an inclusion index for legal workplaces with 25 or more licensees.

Ongoing:

4. Complete 3 CPD Professionalism Hours focused on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI Hours) by the end of 2020 and record Hours in the Law Society Portal.
5. Licensees asked to voluntarily answer self-identification questions in their 2018 Annual Report. The Law Society will report back to legal workplaces of 25 or more licensees.
6. Statement of Principles requirement.
7. Human Rights and Diversity Policy requirement.
 

The Law Society understands that racialized lawyers and paralegals face barriers at all stages of their careers. We are putting into action five strategies to remove these barriers:

  • Accelerating culture shift
  • Measuring progress
  • Educating for change
  • Implementing supports
  • Leading by example
 

Our main objectives are to:

  • Create more inclusive legal workplaces in Ontario
  • Reduce barriers created by racism, unconscious bias and discrimination
  • Increase representation of racialized licensees in the professions, in proportion to the representation in the Ontario population, in all legal workplaces and at all levels of seniority.

Implementation of the strategies has begun.  Here’s what lawyers and paralegals need to KNOW AND DO.

 

Read the final report - Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions