Tag Archives: judges

Case shows the perils of being a woman – Karen Busby on Justice Lori Douglas’ case in the WFreeP

Case shows the perils of being a woman – Winnipeg Free Press.

The CJC inquiry vividly demonstrates the risks sexually violated women face. Will those who sit in judgment of her change the conversation?

See also the injunctive relief Douglas won late Friday:   http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/lori-douglas-wins-temporary-ban-on-nude-photos-at-disciplinary-hearing-1.2845382

students. what they are thinking/fighting about.

Students have more on their minds than just course material.

When I walked in to my workplace this morning, these posters (see slideshow above) were up all around the school, a new campaign courtesy of the Osgoode Feminist Collective (formerly known as the Osgoode Women’s Caucus, they changed their name a few years ago).  You can find the group on Facebook, here, and read a little more about the campaign there.

Other student activities in other places:

The Fredricton (NB) Youth Feminists, speaking out about sexualization at school via dress codes. Find them at @YouthFeminists.  Here is an article about this struggle (FYF were also engaged in the ongoing struggle for abortion access in NB):

Beirne explains why she believes the dress code is reflective of [slut shaming]: “The dress code says that we [the girls] can’t show our undergarments or our midriffs… Aside from that, the only other thing it says is that we have to dress modestly, and that is a problem, because ‘modesty’ can mean different things to different teachers.”

“Basically, this ambiguity allows the teachers to force their own ideas of ‘modesty’ on us even if our infraction isn’t in the dress code, and they can publicly humiliate you for it too.”

London, on the streets, protesting tuition fees, demanding free higher education.

signs at london protest

photo via the Guardian

At Yale Law School, students wrote an open letter responding to YLS prof Jed Rubenfeld’s piece in the NYTimes on campus rape.  The open letter is at HuffPo, here, but you have to scroll down to find it.


Lori Douglas: ‘Victim-blaming couched as legitimate judicial inquiry’

in Canadian Lawyer mag.  Written by Jasmine Akbarali & Gillian Hnatiw, partners @ Lerners LLP’s & Gillian Hnatiw

‘Victim-blaming couched as legitimate judicial inquiry: Lori Douglas is the victim of a sexual crime; her public re-victimization is just plain wrong.’

Judges & Daughters (who is checking this factor wrt new SCC appointments)

h/t Kristina Mansveld

Assuming this government isn’t going to get around to appointing a woman for some time (“be patient”, “there aren’t as many female candidates”, et boring cetera), here’s another factor we could consider, as illustrated in a study by profs from Rochester & Harvard:

Another Factor Said to Sway Judges to Rule for Women’s Rights: A Daughter – NYTimes.com.

See also the issue of Justice Blackmun of SCOTUS, his daughter, and Roe: here.

Slightly heartwarming, in a way.  Although it does raise some VERY pointed questions about race based cases, doesn’t it?  To be fair, at the end of the NYT article, the author suggests other new experiences which might affect our view of the world.

I couldn’t quite tell, from the article, whether the effect was as pronounced for women as for men, so I’m interested in that as well.  I should get the study, which is here.

Clothes & Hair, Race & Gender Identity: HR/judicial complaints arise out of Montreal Rental Board hearing

A Montreal woman has filed a complaint with the Administrative Judicial Council against a Rental Board judge she says repeatedly referred to her as a man.


While in court with a witness, a friend who was also a former tenant of the same building, Sojourner said in a news conference late Wednesday morning that the presiding judge, Luce De Palma, consistently referred to her with male pronouns.

“I was referred to as ‘monsieur,’ ‘il,’ ‘lui,’ and ‘mr.’ over twelve times” said Sojourner, “and each time she referred to me, I corrected her. Including the landlord, I was there over a landlord case, and the landlord’s representative would, every time he was spoken to in French, would correct the judge and say ‘madame Sojourner.'”

Sojourner, who is not transgender, identifies herself as a black lesbian woman, and says the experience left her dignity “in tatters.”

From Montreal CJAD800AM blog

You can hear Tomee describe what happened and how it affected her on this CBC radio program: Human rights complaint – Homerun – CBC PlayerFo Niemi, of the Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations, joins the discussion.  You need to hear the story to understand more about how race may figure in.  Hot tip: Hair.  Here’s the TV story.

Along with all the other emotions, I felt relieved to see that the landlord’s representative also engaged in an effort to correct the judge. What would you have done?

h/t to Osgoode’s Njeri Damali Campbell who sent me info on this case.