Law Union of Ontario AGM THIS THURSDAY

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – OCTOBER 15, 2015

The Law Union of Ontario will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 PM at Friends House (60 Lowther Street, Toronto). Doors open at 6 p.m.

The tentative agenda is as follows:

1. Icebreaker
2. Brief history of the Law Union
3. Sub-Committee reports (what happened last year, upcoming initiatives)
4. Review of finances
5. Other items from members
6. Steering Committee election
7. Sign up for sub-committees

The AGM will be followed by an after party at 9:00 at the Regal Beagle (335 Bloor Street West). This is an accessible event.

If you have any items that you would like to add to do a short presentation on (2 to 3 minutes), please e-mail Kendall Yamagishi at: kendall.yamagishi87@gmail.com

Finally, the AGM will be a scent-free event. Please help make the AGM an accessible event for all LUO members and avoid wearing perfume, cologne and other scented products like lotions and hairspray that day.

See you there,

2014/15 Steering Committee

 

VIDEOS: Law Union of Ontario 2015 Conference Panel Videos

The Law Union of Ontario held its Annual Conference this past weekend at Friends House in Toronto.  In case you missed it, we were able to record three of the panels that took place over the weekend.  The Indigenous Legal Traditions panel was previously posted on the site and can be found here.

Below, find  videos for the Rights Not Rescue panel and the Aboriginal Jury Representation Panel.

Rights Not Rescue: Resisting the Criminalization of Women & our Families

 

Speakers: Christa Big CanoeFarrah KhanDeepa Mattoo and Chanelle Gallant.

 


Aboriginal Jury Representation

 

SpeakersChrista Big Canoe, Jessica Orkin, Stephen John Ford and Katherine Hensel

LAW UNION OF ONTARIO CONFERENCE – PANEL DESCRIPTION & SPEAKERS

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015
TIME: 6:30-8 PM
LOCATION: Friends House – 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto: http://www.torontoquakermeeting.org/contact.html

PANEL TITLE: Bill C-51: Privacy, Power & Politics
SPEAKERS: Paula Todd, Ziyaad Mia and Sukanya Pillay

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SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015
LOCATION: Ryerson Student Centre – 55 Gould Street: http://ryersonstudentcentre.ca/contact/directions

TIME: 9-10:30 AM
Professionalism Plenary: Group Care and the Legal Workplace Part 2: Transforming Hierarchical Professional Relationships

Location: Tecumseh Auditorium

Last year we looked at resources for legal professionals struggling at work. This year the professionalism panel looks at some structures that cause these struggles: individualism, hierarchy, and systems of domination. Panelists will offer strategies and guidance based on intersectional and anti-colonial analysis, relational legal theory, and Indigenous knowledge frameworks to address these structures and transform our relationships with clients, legal institutions, and each other.

SPEAKERS: Rathika Vasavithasan, Aaron Mills, Sophie Nunnelley and Carolyn Carter.

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TIME: 10:45 AM -12:15 PM

A. Legal Education, Inequality, and Jobs

Location: Thomas Lounge

This panel will be taking a candid and broad look at the state of legal education and the legal services industry labour market. The panel will be tackling some of the systemic and structural problems facing the legal profession and will be discussing what can be done. The LPP, articling crisis, privatized legal education, unpaid labour, and the problems facing equity seeking groups will be discussed.

SPEAKERS: Andrea Demchuk, Josh Mandryk, Claire Seaborn, Omar Ha-Redeye and Andrew Langille.

B. Beyond Private Practice: Discovering Diverse Careers in the Law

Location: Oakham Lounge

Pursue your passion! Our distinguished panel will discuss their careers outside of private practice and a certified career coach will speak about choosing a career that aligns with your own values. Come learn about the range of diverse career paths in the law beyond “Bay Street”.

SPEAKERS: Darcy Belisle, Reema Patel, Paulette Pommells and Mae J. Nam.

C. Prison Justice: Voices on the ground and Strategy

Location: Tecumseh Auditorium

Join us to hear perspectives and experiences from prison justice organizers and activists about current issues and impacts that legislation and policy changes have had on people inside. As part of the panel, we will be screening a short film by Peter Collins and audio of Renee Acoby, both of whom are currently federal prisoners and activists. We will then move the panel into a strategy session to address prison justice organizing in Toronto, what is currently being done and what we as lawyers, paralegals, activists and community members can do to further support prisoners both inside and outside of institutions.

SPEAKERS: Najla Edwards, Women’s Prison Program Coordinator, PASAN; Shane Martinez, Toronto based Criminal Defence Lawyer; Renee Acoby, Mother, Poet, Activist; Molly Bannerman, Toronto Prisoner Justice Coalition; Stephanie Massey, Provincial Prison Program Coordinator, PASAN; and Peter Collins, Film-maker, Activist and Artist

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LUNCH: 12:15-1 PM – A student lunch will be available in the Oakham Lounge

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TIME: 1-2:30 PM

A. Overrepresentation of African-Canadian children and youth in child welfare and school suspension

Location: Thomas Lounge

Numbers obtained by the Toronto Star indicate that 41% of children and youth in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto are African Canadian, yet only 8.2% of Toronto’s population under the age of 18 is African Canadian. Further, in the Toronto District School Board, African Canadian students make up approximately 12% of high school students, yet these students are disturbingly overrepresented as making up 31% of all suspensions.[1] Panelists will discuss these discrepancies and share what is currently being done to address this and what we as lawyers, paralegals, activists and community members can do to address these issues.

[1] African Canadian Legal Clinic: Fact Sheet on African Canadians, 2nd African Canadian Summit: Critical Crossroad and Crisis in the African Canadian Community, 2015.

SPEAKERS: Nicole Bonnie, Anthony Morgan, Renatta Austin, Andrea Luey and Nicole Perryman.

B. Workers’ Compensation Law

Location: Tecumseh Auditorium

A century in Ontario, the Workers’ Compensation system arose out of a ‘historic compromise’ facilitated by then Chief Justice of Ontario, Sir William Meredith, after widespread public consultation. Workers gave up their right to sue (Torts) in exchange for a public trust agency that agreed to provide for those injured at work, “while the disability lasts”. The foundation of the system was the principle of ‘collective liability’.

Panellists will discuss issues affecting workers post-injury, in terms of access to benefits, current issues in healthcare, and the administration of justice when dealing with the driving down of costs at the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB). The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

SPEAKERS: Orlando Buonastella, Joel Schwartz and Indira Rupchand.

C. Rights Not Rescue: Resisting the Criminalization of Women & our Families

Location: Oakham Lounge

Canadian (colonial) law is often engaged as a tool to combat violence against women (including trans women), Two Spirit people and their families. But what happens when the law does more harm than good–all in the name of “saving” us? Muslim women, sex working women, Indigenous women and many more are seeing an increase in the criminalization of our communities but no reduction in violence. This panel will explore diverse voices on what it means to listen to survivors of violence about the harmful impacts of using surveillance, arrest, incarceration as well as alternative solutions that build power, safety and self-determination for women (including trans women) and Two Spirit people.

SPEAKERS: Christa Big Canoe, Farrah Khan, Deepa Mattoo and Chanelle Gallant.

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TIME: 2:45-4:15 PM

A. Police Violence and Racial Profiling

Location: Tecumseh Auditorium

From Toronto to Baltimore to Ferguson, folks are organizing and rallying against racial profiling and discriminatory policing. This panel will look at what it means to think about racial profiling beyond carding, and will shed light on the deep historical roots of police violence against particular communities. Panelists will also share their research, work and personal experiences around police violence and racial profiling.

SPEAKERS: janaya (j) khan, Andrea Anderson and Shadya Yasin.

B. Immigration Workshop: Did you know… Indefinite detention is legal in Canada?

Location: Thomas Lounge

Join us for an interactive workshop (not a panel!) exploring the grim realities of the Canadian immigration detention system, as well as the potential for legal/non legal strategies for fighting this system, particularly while also prioritizing the needs and voices of detainees.

The workshop will include speakers from the End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN) as well as members of the Immigration Legal Committee including Swathi Sekhar, Nicole Veitch, Jean Vecina, Mac Scott and Karin Baki.

Toronto based artist Farrah Miranda will also provide insight on intersection of performance and legal systems.

 

C. Aboriginal Jury Representation

Location: Oakham Lounge

This panel will review the problem of First Nations underrepresentation on Ontario juries. The cases, which exposed this problem, in addition to the systemic reasons underlying it, will be canvassed.

SPEAKERS: Christa Big Canoe, Jessica Orkin, Stephen John Ford and Katherine Hensel

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TIME: 4:30-6 PM

Indigenous Legal Traditions

Location: Tecumseh Auditorium

SPEAKERS: Beverley Jacobs, Dawnis Kennedy, Jeffrey Hewitt and Signa A. Daum Shanks

ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE LAW UNION OF ONTARIO: MAY 8-9, 2015

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE LAW UNION OF ONTARIO: May 8-9, 2015

 

Join us on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, 2015, for the Law Union of Ontario’s Annual Conference! The Law Union of Ontario’s Annual Conference brings progressive legal and activist communities together to discuss an exciting and challenging series of pressing issues.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

FRIDAY Location: The Friday night event will be held at Friends House from 6:30-8 p.m. The address is 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto. Follow this link for a map of the exact location of the conference: http://www.torontoquakermeeting.org/contact.html

Accessibility: This facility is wheelchair accessible through the parking lot door (east side of the building through from the Bedford entrance).

SATURDAY Location: All plenaries and panels on Saturday will be held at The Ryerson Student Centre from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The address is 55 Gould Street, Toronto. Follow this link for a map of the exact location of the Saturday conference: http://ryersonstudentcentre.ca/contact/directions

Accessibility: This facility is wheelchair accessible and childcare by an ECE-certified provider will be provided on Saturday ONLY. CART (Communication Access Real Time Translation) services will be provided for all plenaries and select panels.

CPD Accreditation: The Law Union Conference has been accredited for 30min Professionalism Content.  The Conference is also eligible for up to 9hr 15min Substantive Content.

Registration Fees: Suggested fees are:

$125 for lawyers/paralegals using the CPD hours

$50 for community members

$15 for Friday night panel only

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

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Childcare by an ECE-certified provider is available for Saturday ONLY – please email us in advance at law.union.of.ontario@gmail.com with the number and ages of the children who will be attending.

Questions? Email us at lawunionofontario@gmail.com, and include “Conference” in the subject heading.