Two new equity guides now available
The Law Society has developed two new guides to assist the profession in promoting equity and diversity.
Preventing harassment, discrimination and violence in the legal workplace: Guide to developing policies for law firms or legal organizations includes sample policies for addressing harassment and discrimination and workplace violence and sets out procedures to address these matters in a prompt, effective and confidential manner.
The provision of legal services in cases involving claims of sexual abuse - an education guide for lawyers and paralegals is an educational tool to assist lawyers and paralegals who provide legal services to claimants in cases of sexual abuse where the claimants are pursuing compensation. The guide proposes appropriate practices to foster professional and ethical conduct in such cases.
The guides are included in the Equity and Aboriginal Issues committee’s report to Convocation and will be available in the Equity and Diversity Resources section of the Law Society’s website. Full report.
Number of non-bencher lawyers on Hearing Panel increased
Convocation approved an increase in the number of non-bencher lawyer appointments to the Hearing Panel from four to six.
Law Society condemns continued detention of Venezuelan judge
The Law Society intervened in response to the continued detention of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni for releasing an accused person whose pre-trial detention was in violation of Venezuelan law. The Law Society intervened in this case in May 2010 by letter of intervention and public statement.Public statement. Full report.Update.
Bencher Catherine Strosberg was appointed to the Finance Committee.