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Legal aid cuts in England, student clinics and women’s justice

A conversation with colleagues the other night prompted me to go looking for some of the newspaper stories about legal aid cuts in England & Wales, impact on family law in particular and the use of students to help unrepresented litigants.
Hastily put together, but if you are interested, the links below might help.

A little roundup (for instance, Bill C-36 has passed the Senate)

1.  The only thing left is for the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act is  Royal Assent.  See the LEGISinfo page on the bill here.   This was always one possible response to the ruling in Bedford.  Here’s Brenda Cossman on the issue in the Globe from last December and here are law profs Hughes, MacDonnell and Pearlston’s piece we posted earlier this year:  The Appeal of Asymmetrical Criminalization.

2. “Patriarchy: it’s quite a system. It works. Whiteness too.” have a look at @SaraNAhmed‘s blog post “White Men” about any number of things about white men as norm.  She’s uses the academy as an example, often.  It’s a good read.  #feministkilljoy

3.  Best article yet on what us all learning about Ghomeshi means. Nothing or nothing good – either we learned nothing at all, or we’re claiming that all the things we have seen happen in the past, all the women harmed, all the dead women, weren’t enough to catch our attention.  Denise Balkissoon says it better, stronger: @balkissoon…

4. I’m waiting on the written reasons in the Lori Douglas case (still, forever, interminably) before a (new) CJC panel.  The latest in this increasingly (i know, you would never think that it could actually get worse, but I assure you, it’s getting worse) bananas saga.  Who would like to write about this, please? I’ve got my concerns about the case, but the fact that the CJC committee is going to look at the photos…. I will post or tweet when the reasons come out.

5. Street Harassment:  What’s better than a viral video about a white woman walking around New York illustrating just how much street harassment she’s facing?  The fact that all the white men were edited out?  I had some moments on twitter about this one.  I think I leaned towards educative function of academics on twitter but you may disagree.

like most others – not a new problem. Deirdre Davis, 1993 article on street harassment of black women is a *key crit race feminism piece.

look, you can learn more this Friday in Toronto about this history – Coolie Woman!