What we’re thinking/reading/doing (IFLS blog)
What’s interesting these days?
What’s coming up at the SCC? October crim law hearings on the legalities of birth and maternal responsibility
These struck me as a connected set of cases, although you may well disagree.
On October 10, a case from Ontario, R. v. Levkovic 2010 ONCA 830 (Canlii). Watt J.A.’s first three paragraphs are a concise explanation of the core issue:
 Since July 1, 1893, concealing the dead body of a child has been an indictable offence in Canada. The definition of the offence has always declared it to be immaterial whether the child died before, during or after birth.
 On September 18, 2008, a judge of the Superior Court of Justice decided that More >
it’s not really a roundup, these are all Osgoode IFLS tweets. But I’ve categorized them. For those who don’t do twitter and don’t follow on FB, here’s what you’ve missed recently. i’m still wondering about twitter, whether it’s really a good idea, but on the other hand, I’m obviously using it quite a bit. This week, the decision of the Windsor community Legal Aid Clinic to stop representing men charged with domestic violence crimes, the M312 vote in the House of Commons, new scholarship and calls for papers and the every popular “misc” category.On Abortion Rights in Canada
The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice Call for Submissions
Modern Families: Changing Families, Challenging Laws
The Journal will hold its annual symposium March 7-8, 2013. Titled Modern Families: Changing Families, Challenging Laws, the symposium focuses on three specific areas within family law: families of racial minorities, LGBT families, and family interactions with the criminal justice system. The Journal would like to invite legal authors of all perspectives to submit proposals for articles for the symposium to fill Volume 17 of our publication. Please review the Journal‘s submission policy and send article or proposal submissions, along with your curriculum vitae, to Iain Johnson More >
Here’s the Community Legal Aid (Windsor Law student/Legal Aid Ontario funded) Clinic policy that has been provoking “outrage” from the defence bar and others including at least one faculty member.
“We’re very alarmed about this,” said Frank Miller, who heads the Windsor chapter of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.
According to Miller, the policy flies in the face of some of the basic tenets of the justice system: presumption of innocence and the right to legal representation.
“The university prides itself on access-to-justice issues, and yet they’re acting in this manner,” Miller said Tuesday.
He described the policy as “generously giving assistance to women in that More >
CALL FOR PAPERS Professor Patricia Williams, author of the 1991 book “Alchemy of Race and Rights: Diary of a Law Professor” (Harvard University Press), will be participating in our Critical Race Symposium at Osgoode Hall Law School on November 2, 2012. This event is organized under the auspices of the Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society and Law.Arts.Culture, in collaboration with the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies.
We are inviting SHORT REFLECTIONS, REVIEWS and THOUGHT-ESSAYS (ranging from 500 to 5000 words) on Alchemy of Race and Rights, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.
We plan to publish these pieces in preparation More >