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Documenting the Race and Gender Pay Gap in the Ontario Legal Profession

This Law Society of Upper Canada report is based on the 2006 Census, including the 6400 lawyers who filled out the Long Form Census. Click here for the full report..  Ornstein (based at York University’s Institute for Social Research) documents the gender gap in earnings and the “much larger” difference between the earnings of racialized lawyers and White lawyers.  And apparently the gender gap in earnings isn’t decreasing anymore. There’s much more in the report.   Continue reading Documenting the Race and Gender Pay Gap in the Ontario Legal Profession

Camille A. Nelson named Dean of Suffolk Law School in the U.S.

Well, this is good news on a number of fronts!  Committed, dynamic, brilliant, and a woman of colour who identifies as Canadian, among other things (click for a link to one of her articles which contains a very thoughtful discussion of multiple identities), Camille has a degree from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Ottawa U.  She clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada, and, after getting an LLM from Columbia, she’s done interesting and important work on race, gender and beyond.  Have a look at her 2010 publication in the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law on disability (mental health), policing and race.  Her contributions go way beyond her scholarship, though, as her many awards and honours suggest (see link below or click on picture to learn more about her).

She’s the first woman and first person of colour to be Dean at Suffolk.  I met Camille when i was just out of law school and she was at Columbia doing her LLM.  She was so impressive then. It seems she’s gotten only more so in the interim.  Have you read Racism Eh? It came out in 2004.  Maybe it’s new to you, though! Check it out. Click through to the publisher’s site for ordering.

And of course, Camille joins Dalhousie’s new Schulich School of Law Dean, Kim Brooks, creating an east coast mini hotspot in the reinvention of Dean-ing.   More on Camille’s appointment here: Suffolk Law News.

– sonia

New in Print: Constructing Crime (Mosher and Brockman, eds)

Constructing Crime is the last publication of the Law Commission of Canada, defunded in 2006.  The five papers come out of the What is a Crime series, and were commissioned in order to investigate how society reacts to unwanted behaviours and consider the consequences of choosing particular methods to control behaviours.   Most of the articles don’t use gender as an organizing idea, although it does feature in a few of them.

The authors in this book look at a variety of areas of social life, including gambling, fraud by health professionals, social assistance, regulation of public housing in Montreal, and the criminalization of a variety of Aboriginal harvesting practices.

It might be particularly interesting to provide parts of Mosher and Brockman’s opening essay to a first year criminal law class, before or while they are being buried in the language and rationale of criminal regulation.

Click here to order the book from UBC Press.

New in Print: Women, Law, and Equality: A Discussion Guide

The editors are well known Canadian scholars (former LEAF litigator Prof. Carissima Mathen and new Dalhousie Dean Kim Brooks).  The other contributors are the soon to be at Ottawa U Suzanne Bouclin and Carleton U’s Doris Buss.

Equally interesting is the intended audience for the book: “ideal for a survey or introductory-level gender studies, women in the law, or women-focused political science course. It could also be used for a series of book club-style discussions,” according to Irwin Law’s promotional blurb.  Book club, anyone?

Women, Law, and Equality: A Discussion Guide (clickable link takes you to the Irwin Law site to order).

Kim Brooks and Carissima Mathen, eds.

[from the Irwin law site]

  • …designed to stimulate and facilitate discussions around the complicated issues of feminism, equality, and social justice among broad spectrum of readers, with varied perspectives and knowledge.
  • Each chapter provides excerpted and compiled texts and discussion questions intended to stimulate discussion.
  • The range of topics covered in the guide make it ideal for a survey or introductory-level gender studies, women in the law, or women-focused political science course. It could also be used for a series of book club-style discussions.

Summary Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Let’s Talk Women, Law, and Equality

Glossary

Chapter 1: Polygamy

Kim Brooks

Chapter 2: Caring for Young Children

Kim Brooks

Chapter 3: Feminism, Law, Cinema

Suzanne Bouclin

Chapter 4: Women and Power (or, Powerful Women)

Carissima Mathen

Chapter 5: Women and Migration

Doris Buss

Chapter 6:  Final Thoughts