Law student’s article spotlights human rights issue impeding entry to profession

Article taken from Queen's Legal News Bulletin Maria Nunez, Queen's University Law ’16

Maria Nunez, Law’16, an advocate for persons with disabilities, is now a published author on the topic. Her paper about the impact of the law school admissions process on these individuals appears in the 2015 Canadian Legal Education Annual Review (CLEAR).

In her article, “The Law School Admission Council, the Law School Admission Test, and Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities. Oh My! Leaving the Legal Profession Before Admission?,” she argues that the current LSAT accommodation process discriminates towards persons with disabilities, raising a human rights concern and creating barriers for entry into the legal profession.

“The status quo is that students with disabilities are still not being properly accommodated,” says Nunez. “It remains to be seen what procedural protections will be put in place to ensure that admissions procedures for students with disabilities are equitable.”

Before coming to law school, Nunez worked as an aid for youth and adults with disabilities, and volunteered with various community organizations in Calgary. “Advocating for persons with disabilities is a cause close to my heart,” she says. “I wanted to raise awareness about the fact that many students are deterred from applying to law school because they do not receive adequate disability accommodations for the LSAT, despite ample medical documentation. A strong case exists for systemic discrimination.”

Nunez wrote the paper as part of an independent study project supervised by Professor Beverley Baines, Law’73, who encouraged Nunez to write on a topic that she was passionate about. “It is a very well researched, significant contribution to the issues raised,” says Baines. “I think people in the legal world, including those in all Canadian law schools, need to read it.”

While publishing a paper in law school was not always a goal of hers, Nunez is proud that her article can educate people about some of the contemporary barriers that persons with disabilities encounter when pursuing law school. “Whatever I do in the future, I hope that I will make a positive mark and help people.”

In a separate email to WLAO, Nunez wrote: I feel "The paper is very important and relevant for the Canadian law profession. For those unfamiliar with the topic, in 2012, the United States Justice Department brought an action against the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), alleging “widespread and systemic deficiencies in the way it processes requests by people with disabilities for testing accommodations.” In 2014, a settlement agreement was reached requiring LSAC to reform its accommodation practices and to pay $7.73 million in penalties and damages. I write about how similar concerns still affect access to legal education in Canada and I offer recommendations for how LSAC and law schools can better address the needs of Canadians with disabilities."

Step into Fall with Erin Nadler of Better Styled

Looking to do a little fall wardrobe update? Before you rush out to buy this seasons trends think about the versatility of each piece you purchase. Make sure each new item you add can go with multiple pieces that already exist in your closet. At Better Styled we help clients curate wardrobes that mix and match easily and can take you from day to night. Looking for some ideas to get you fall ready? Here is a taste of the kinds of tips and tricks we at Better Styled offer our clients.

Trends for Fall 2015

  • Details, details, everywhere: From zipper details on dresses, jackets, and coats, to the return of bold plaid and textured fabrics, the runways were full of exciting details. In addition bold colour blocking, prints, and lace are everywhere.

Office appropriate idea: Try a fabulous long satin blouse which can be layered under your suit or worn with a pencil skirt Monday to Friday, but also looks fabulous with a wrap coat and skinny jeans on the weekend.

  • Bad to the bone: Leather, leather and more leather. Look out for leather jackets, leather skirts, and leather trim detailing this season.

Office appropriate idea: Try this trend in a leather trimmed black skirt, an easy way to change up your classic black skirt and still be office ready.

  • Black is king: No surprise that black is back for fall but in addition to the classic black other colours like hues of grey, cobalt blue, navy, winter white, and shades of red are everywhere.

Office appropriate idea: Pop your favorite black outfit with a stunning coloured wrap coat? This item can be worn as both an indoor and outdoor coat. Do not be afraid to use some of these bold tones this season to freshen up last fall’s dark colours.

Day to Night Dressing ideas

  • Plan ahead: last minute events or drink meetings always come up but thinking ahead and having a few go-to outfits each year in your closet will save you a lot of time and stress.
  • Re-purpose items you already own: Take your LBD’s (little black dresses), crisp white blouses, favourite black trouser and add a sequined top, oversized statement necklace, fabulous shawl, or simply a change of shoe to take your office look to a night out on the town.
  • Add a little bling: the easiest way to take your look from day to night is to add a little sparkle. Your basic black sheath dress worn with a blazer overtop for day can easily be transformed by losing the blazer and adding a detailed belt, drop chandelier earrings and/or a fabulous pashmina for the evening.

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Judicial Vacancy – Woodstock (Primarily Family Law)


The Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee advises the Attorney General of Ontario on the appointment of Judges to the Ontario Court of Justice, and invites applications for a judicial position in Woodstock.

This appointment, while primarily a family law position, may also involve presiding over criminal law matters (approximately 75% family and 25% criminal). This position also involves travel within the region as assigned by the Regional Senior Justice and/or the Chief Justice.

The minimum requirement to apply to be a Judge in the Ontario Court of Justice is ten years completed membership as a barrister and solicitor at the Bar of one of the Provinces or Territories of Canada.

All candidates must apply either by submitting 14 copies of the current (April 2014) completed Judicial Candidate Information Form in the first instance or by a short letter (14 copies) if the current form has been submitted within the previous 12 months. Should you wish to change any information in your application, you must send in 14 copies of a fully revised Judicial Candidate Information Form.

If you wish to apply and need a current Judicial Candidate Information Form, or if you would like further information, please contact: Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee Tel: (416) 326-4060 Fax: (416) 212-7316


All applications, either sent by courier, mail or hand delivery, must be sent to:
Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee
c/o Ministry of Government Services Mail Delivery
77 Wellesley Street West, Room M2B-88
Macdonald Block, Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1N3

Applications must be on the current prescribed form and must be TYPEWRITTEN or COMPUTER GENERATED and RECEIVED BY 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015. CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE 14 COPIES OF THEIR APPLICATION FORM OR LETTER. A Fax copy will be accepted only if 14 copies of the application or letter are sent concurrently by overnight courier. Applications received after this date WILL NOT be considered. The Judiciary of the Ontario Court of Justice should reasonably reflect the diversity of the population it serves. Applications from members of equality-seeking groups are encouraged.

WANTED: SKILLED SOCIAL JUSTICE LAWYER - apply before September 11, 2015

Looking for an opportunity to apply your superb writing and oral advocacy skills in Charter litigation? Eager to lobby the UN on Canada’s flailing human rights record? Want to practice your Cantonese, Mandarin or Vietnamese, while resolving complex legal problems for your clients? Excited about collaborating with like-minded people on social justice work? If so, we have the perfect job for you!

Funded by Legal Aid Ontario, the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (MTCSALC) is a small, yet dynamic community legal clinic which is looking for a permanent staff lawyer to serve low income members of Toronto’s Chinese and Southeast Asian communities. Recognized for its advocacy work on behalf of disadvantaged communities, MTCSALC is accredited as an NGO with ECOSOC consultative status by the United Nations.

Working with a dedicated and fun loving team, the staff lawyer will conduct casework, summary legal advice, public legal education activities, as well as test case litigation and systemic advocacy both domestically and internationally.

If you are a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario, have basic competence in spoken Cantonese, Mandarin or Vietnamese, have familiarity with one or more of the Clinic’s areas of practice (including immigration, social assistance and income maintenance, tenant rights, employment, human rights, and the Charter) and have experience working with disadvantaged communities, please send your application to us by September 11, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. at 180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1701, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z8. Tel: (416) 971-9674. Fax: (416) 971-6780.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience based on Legal Aid Ontario guidelines, plus group benefits package and RRSP. Although we cannot pay you a Bay Street salary, we can guarantee that you will be rewarded by knowing that your work will change the lives of many and make the world a better place.

We thank all applicants but will only contact candidates shortlisted for interviews.

Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees - A Learning and Consultation Program

Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees - A Learning and Consultation Program

Join the Law Society, members of the legal profession, and the public for a learning and consultation program discussing the Law Society’s Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees consultation paper.
The paper is available here:
Offered in January and February 2015, this program will provide a brief overview of the findings of the Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees consultation paper, along with an opportunity for attendees to offer feedback on the questions posed in the paper.

The program will also include an overview of the lawyer and paralegal rules on discrimination and harassment and a discussion of the importance of these rules to overall practice management – including employment practices and relationships to clients.

The program contains 1 Professionalism Hour

Light refreshments will be served.

Program Schedule:
Peel Region
January 12, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
The Honourable William G. Davis Centre for Families (in the Training Centre) 60 West Drive, Brampton

January 15, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Donald Lamont Learning Centre, Osgoode Hall 130 Queen Street West, Toronto (also available via simultaneous webcast)

January 20,
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Location to be confirmed

January 26, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Location be confirmed

York Region
January 27, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Location to be confirmed

January 30, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Location to be confirmed

Durham Region
February 3, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Location to be confirmed

February 5, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Location to be confirmed

Thunder Bay
February 23, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Location to be confirmed

February 24, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Location to be confirmed

February 25, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Donald Lamont Learning Centre, Osgoode Hall 130 Queen Street West, Toronto (also available via simultaneous webcast)

RSVP: For additional information and to register for a program in your area, please visit

Input received during the consultation process will help the Law Society's Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group determine its next steps, as well as its final recommendations to Convocation.

Written submissions about the consultation paper are also welcome and should be submitted by March 1, 2015, to:

Josée Bouchard,
Director, Equity Initiatives The Law Society of Ontario Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2N6
Tel: 416-947-3984 or 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3984 Fax: 416-947-3983

The French follows

Joignez-vous au Barreau, aux membres de la profession juridique et au public, pour un programme d'apprentissage et de consultation sur le document du Barreau « Développer des stratégies de changement : éliminer les difficultés auxquelles les titulaires de permis racialisés font face ».

Offert en janvier et février 2015, ce programme fournira un aperçu des conclusions du document de consultation « Développer des stratégies de changement : éliminer les difficultés auxquelles les titulaires de permis racialisés font face », ainsi qu'une occasion pour les participants de partager leurs commentaires concernant les questions qui y sont posées.

Ce programme comprendra également une vue d'ensemble des règles des codes de déontologie des avocats et des parajuristes sur la discrimination et le harcèlement, et une discussion sur l'importance de ces codes pour l'ensemble de la gestion de la pratique – y compris les pratiques d'emploi et les rapports avec les clients.

Le programme compte pour 1 heure de professionnalisme
Des rafraichissements seront servis.

Calendrier du programme:
Région de Peel
12 janvier, 16 h 30 – 18 h The Honorable William G. Davis Centre for Families (dans le centre de formation) 60, West Drive (Brampton)

Toronto 15
janvier, 16 h 30 – 18 h 30
Centre d'apprentissage Donald Lamont, Osgoode Hall 130, rue Queen Ouest (Toronto) (également accessible par webmission en direct)

20 janvier, 16 h 30 – 18 h
Lieu à confirmer

26 janvier, 16 h 30 – 18 h
Lieu à confirmer

Région de York
27 janvier, 16 h 30 – 18 h
Lieu à confirmer

30 janvier, 12 h – 13 h 30
Lieu à confirmer

Région de Durham
3 février, 16 h 30 – 18 h
Lieu à confirmer

5 février, 16 h 30 – 18 h
Lieu à confirmer

Thunder Bay
23 février, 12 h – 13 h 30
Lieu à confirmer

24 février, 12 h – 13 h 30
Lieu à confirmer

25 février, 16 h – 18 h
Centre d'apprentissage Donald Lamont, Osgoode Hall 130, rue Queen Ouest (Toronto) (accessible également par webémission en direct)

RSVP : Pour de l'information supplémentaire et pour vous inscrire à un programme dans votre région, veuillez consulterés.

Les commentaires reçus par le Barreau durant le processus de consultation aideront le Groupe de travail sur les défis des titulaires de permis racialisés à décider des prochaines mesures à prendre, ainsi qu'à formuler ses recommandations finales au Conseil.

Vous êtes encouragés à nous faire parvenir vos observations écrites concernant le document de consultation d'ici le 1er mars 2015 à :

Josée Bouchard,
directrice, Service de l'équité Barreau du Haut-Canada Osgoode Hall,
130 Queen Street West Toronto (Ontario) M5H 2N6
Tél.: 416 947-3984 ou 1 800 668-7380, p. 3984
Téléc.: 416 947-3983

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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