Diversity Training should be part of Annual PD for Lawyers: Deliscar

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar says it would be beneficial if the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) considered requiring that all lawyers practising in Ontario take a course on diversity as part of their annual professional development.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if this happened in Ontario because the LSUC has taken a number of steps to look at various issues around diversity, including how francophone clients in Ontario are serviced,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com. “The law society has also looked at issues facing ethnic minority lawyers practising in Ontario showing great interest in ensuring that every licensee has a voice and that their experiences are documented.”

Deliscar’s comments on the issue come after an LSUC working group proposed that the regulator step in to ensure law firms and other legal workplaces take measures to eradicate systematic racism in the legal profession and to penalize those who fail, reports the Toronto Star.

The Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group studied the issue over the last four years and the LSUC benchers are expected to vote on the recommendations in its report on Dec. 2.

Deliscar notes that the New York City Bar Association and a coalition of bar groups for women and minorities are calling on the state court system to require attorneys to take courses in diversity and inclusion as part of their biennial registration.

The group said in a letter to a judge that it wants them to report a completion of the diversity CLE hours as part of their 20 hours of non-ethics credits, reports the New York Law Journal.

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