Announcements

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

Daniel Fish over at Precedent Magazine covers the 2014 Gala.  Read the article here. And buy your tickets here!


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.


SABA Survey

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.


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