Closing Plenary Session
Reimagining Legal Education with an EDI Lens
November 13, 4 - 4:50 p.m. EST
At the Lincoln Alexander School of Law, we are striving to make the legal profession more diverse as it pertains to backgrounds and perspectives. We have an important opportunity to drive change on important EDI issues in the legal profession and equip our students with the skills required to serve a broad range of communities, including those who are impacted by system racism and oppression in our justice system. Join Lincoln Alexander Law’s Dean Young in a panel discussion with other law school deans in exploring the importance of embracing EDI frameworks in legal education. Together they will openly exchange ideas, share challenges, and encourage one another to accelerate the transformation of the legal profession.
The bulk of EDI-related education as it involves the profession in future years will come from the curriculum found in JD programs. Should law schools across Ontario and the country undertake a range of initiatives to ensure that EDI-focused content is part of the core curriculum mandatory for all students? What are the main features and objectives of these initiatives? What core curriculum content historically has had gaps or omissions? How can law schools measure the effectiveness of EDI content? Law school representatives – administrators, faculty and students – will present their insights.
Shawn Richard, Partner, Lenkinski, Carr & Richard LLP
Reem A. Bahdi, Dean and Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
Dr. Jutta Brunnée, Dean, University Professor & James Marshall Tory Dean’s Chair, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
Erika Chamberlain, Dean and Professor of Law, Western University
Dr. Mary Condon, Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School
Dr. Jula Hughes, Dean and Professor, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University
Mark Walters, Dean and Professor of Law, Queen's Law
Donna E. Young, Inaugural Dean, Lincoln Alexander School of Law