SABA to launch bursary program, diversity award at the 2014 Gala
The Advocate Daily covers the launch of the new SABA Bursary Program.
Precedent Magazine covers the 2014 Gala
Letter to Law Times
The South Asian Bar Association, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers collectively comment on an article in the Nov. 3 issue of Law Times, “Non-white lawyers feel alienated, report finds,” by Julius Melnitzer. Read the statement here.
As you are aware SABA-Toronto is a chapter organization of our umbrella organization SABA-North America. SABA-North America wants to make sure it is doing its very best to serve our membership. This year, it has launched a short annual survey to get feedback from our membership. Your input is valued and we encourage you to respond to the survey by connecting to the following link: http://bit.ly/1izay61. Thanks in advance for your participation!
SABA Statement re Minister MacKay’s Recent Comments on Judicial Diversity
The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto notes with concern certain comments reported by the Toronto Star (in an article entitled “Peter MacKay tries to explain lack of diversity on federal courts” dated June 18, 2014) as made by Minister Peter MacKay with respect to the lack of diversity in federal courts and the Government of Canada’s attempts to address the issue. The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto believes that the federal judiciary in Canada does not adequately represent the diversity of lawyers and litigants that appear before the courts. Judicial diversity is important to ensure that litigants believe that the judicial system adequately reflects their background and concerns. Mr. McKay’s comments reveal a narrow view of diversity – one that focusses on gender issues alone. Further, Mr. MacKay’s statements cannot be verified or tested given the lack of transparency in the system of judicial appointments. The present cultural fabric of Canada, its commitment to multiculturalism, and a need for appreciation of cultural nuances demand that the individuals given the responsibility to interpret our laws and apply them to our citizens represent and reflect the multiculturalism of this country. The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto urges the Government of Canada to seriously consider the issue of diversity in judicial appointments and to take concrete steps to address the lack of transparency and concomitant lack of diversity therein.