The Suppression of Dissent: Legal perspectives on the institutional suppression of Palestinian support

Please join the Law Union of Ontario on the evening of May 31st for presentations and lively discussion regarding the trending suppression of dissent against those who are speaking up for Palestine amidst the ongoing atrocities. Since October 2023, we have seen an increase in disciplinary actions against students and workers, as well as the criminalization of protestors who advocate for the liberation of Palestine. We will discuss the various tactics being used to systematically suppress these voices as well as the ways that we can better support those who are targeted.

When: Friday May 31, 7:00 – 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:30)

Where: St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor St. East, Toronto ON

Tickets: PWYC, Donations appreciated ($10-$50 suggested) *Donations will go to the Jur-Ed Foundation, a registered charity, to support the educational activities of the Law Union of Ontario, and are eligible for tax deduction.

Register: Eventbrite page


Sima Atri Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Community Justice Collective (CJC)

Dania Majid Co-Founder and President of the Arab Canadian Lawyers Association

Joshua Sealy-Harrington, Assistant Professor at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law

Moderated by Mike Leitold

Law Society of Ontario professionalism and EDI accreditation is pending.

To be followed by the Law Union spring social at the Bishop and Belcher (175 Bloor St. East). All members past and present and LUO allies are welcome.

If you have any questions or concerns or accessibility requests, please email

LUO Statement condemning Law Society’s disregard for due process in “cheating” scandal

The Law Union of Ontario expresses its condemnation of the recent actions of the Law Society of Ontario in punishing over 100 prospective lawyers, most of whom are apparently visible minorities, without any due process and despite the absence of evidence of intentional wrongdoing.  This relates to the bar exams administered in November 2021 which were compromised due to a Law Society security breach. The Divisional Court recently invalidated the punitive actions of the Law Society, but the debacle should not have gone that far in the first instance. 
As stated in the Law Union’s letter: “The recent decision of the Divisional Court in Mirza et al. v. Law Society of Ontario, 2023 ONSC 6727 (CanLII), <>exposed some deeply troubling conduct by the Law Society of Ontario.  As the regulator of the legal profession, the Law Society ought to be a paragon of justice and fairness. Instead, it railroaded a whole class of potential future lawyers, denied them due process, harshly punished them in the absence of evidence of wrongdoing, tarnished their reputations, and wreaked emotional and financial havoc on them and their families.  The Law Union of Ontario urges the Law Society to embrace the Divisional Court decision as an important teaching moment, ask itself some hard questions about what kind of culture within the organization could allow such a debacle to unfold the way it did, and make every effort to remedy the damage it has caused.”

Link to full letter

Statement from the Steering Committee of the Law Union concerning the Open Letter to the Legal Community on Pro-Palestine Speech

The Law Union of Ontario condemns the recent attack by Hamas against innocent Israelis, the ongoing attacks by Israel against innocent Gazans, and all expressions of hate including anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Arab racism, all of which have amplified in the wake of these attacks. 

The Law Union supports the rights of all people to freely speak out against human rights abuses and atrocities, and to call out Canada for its foreign policy positions. However, it appears that some prominent voices equate any criticism of Israel’s military policies as constituting anti-Semitism. This is a false equivalency. It would be similarly unfair to label those who have condemned the heinous actions of Hamas as being Islamophobic or anti-Arab.  

Regrettably, we have heard of instances where hierarchical power structures have worked to oppress people speaking out against atrocities in Gaza, dismissing such discourse as being anti-Semitic and thereby stifling respectful public discussion on this important issue.

It has been reported (see Toronto Star article) that at least one law school and at least one prominent law firm have recently taken actions to oppress certain speech regarding the ongoing conflict. The LUO, as well as we believe the public at large, expects lawyers and law firms to be the final wall of resistance to attacks on freedom of expression.  We are sadly disappointed by the actions of our colleagues in abandoning their responsibility in this regard.

For this reason, the Law Union has signed onto the Open Letter to Legal Community on Pro-Palestine Speech

Law Union AGM – Saturday March 4, 2023

The Law Union of Ontario will be hosting our annual AGM on Saturday, March 4th, 2023. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the Law Union, and to help support progressive legal work in Toronto. Food and coffee will be provided. This year we’re excited to be joined by Diana Chan McNally, a Toronto-based community worker, housing advocate, and educator who will discuss the state of housing and homelessness in Toronto.

Meeting Details:

Time: 09:30am-Noon

Location: 60 Lowther St, Toronto, ON (Friend’s House)

Zoom Link

We’re using a normal Zoom meeting for this event rather than a live stream, as members may need to vote on motions. Please use the link below to join the meeting on Saturday.

Topic: Law Union of Ontario – Annual General Meeting
Time: Mar 4, 2023 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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