Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Working Together for Change
On December 2, 2016, Convocation adopted strategies for the Law Society recommended by the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group Report to address issues of systemic racism in the legal professions. The strategies, based on extensive research and province-wide consultations, recognize that racialized lawyers and paralegals face longstanding and significant challenges at all stages of their legal careers.
The five areas of strategic focus are:
- Accelerating a culture shift
- Measuring progress
- Educating for change
- Implementing supports
- Leading by example.
What does this mean for licensees of the Law Society?
These strategies include regulatory obligations that lawyers and paralegals are to fulfil in 2017 and beyond, and on which they will be required to report annually.
It is vital that all licensees are aware of their obligations, as implementation of the strategies proceeds.
Lawyers and paralegals are encouraged to review the final report of the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group and its recommendations for more information.
Resources are being developed to assist lawyers and paralegals. These and additional information will available in the coming months.
For more information, visit www.lsuc.on.ca/EDI.