To our Ontario legal community – it’s time to take a stance! The LLD wishes to draw your attention to the upcoming bencher’s election for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). One of the central issues in this election is the LSO’s role in addressing issues pertaining to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) that affect
LEGAL LEADERS FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION (LLD) is a group of Canadian General Counsel from coast to coast who have declared their support and commitment for creating a more inclusive legal profession as well as supporting diversity initiatives within our organizations.
We define diversity broadly, and believe that by each of us taking individual actions, but more importantly taking collective action, we can create positive change which will result in a more inclusive legal profession.
We support and promote inclusivity in the legal profession by mentoring students and new-hires, providing scholarships, and attending conferences and summits.
Creating a More Inclusive Legal Profession for People With Disabilities
The LLD believes that it has a role to play in the creation of a more inclusive legal profession for people with disabilities. In June 2014, we established the Legal Leaders for Diversity Trust Fund. Annual scholarships will be granted to support disabled youth who are studying in law faculties across Canada. With the support of our corporations and law firms, we have each committed to give $5,000 to the Trust Fund upon its inception. Thanks to the generosity of 42 general counsel and managing partners across Canada, $210,000 has already been raised.
How General Counsel Can Impact Pay Equity for Women Lawyers The Task Force on Gender Equity (Task Force) was created by American Bar Association President Laurel G. Bellows to address the continuing problem of gender inequality in the legal profession. Bold action is necessary for women lawyers to achieve parity with their male colleagues, as
The Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (LFDIN) is a group of Canadian law firms who have agreed to work together to promote diversity and encourage a culture of inclusion in our firms and the broader legal
profession. Diversity and inclusion are core values of LFDIN members.
We believe that valuing and enhancing diversity and inclusion will help us attract and retain the best talent and better serve our clients’ needs in an evolving global marketplace.