Free Speech & Equality: LSO Statement of Principles Debate
Free Speech, Equality and the Limits of Law: A Debate on the Statement of Principles
February 28, 5:30pm - 7pm
With Sadie Etemad (Managing Lawyer, S.E.T. Law) and Susan Richer (Bencher, Law Society of Ontario)
Food will be provided.
The Law Society of Ontario has mandated that all lawyers and paralegals adopt a "statement of principles" acknowledging their obligation to promote equality and diversity. This debate will delve into whether this statement is a legitimate step towards achieving diversity and equality or whether it is unconstitutional compelled speech.
Sadie Etemad's article, "Why the Statement of Principles troubles me as a visible minority":
Toronto Star, "Law society initiative to improve diversity is about justice, not politics, lawyers say":
Law Society's ongoing court challenge: