12. February 2018 - 17:00 till 18:30
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Challenging the Law Society of Ontario's Statement of Principles | Weldon Law Building At Dalhousie University | Monday, 12. February 2018

In September 2017, Bruce Pardy, law professor at Queen's University, kicked off a heated and occasionally acrimonious debate amongst members of the legal profession by penning an op-ed condemning the Law Society of Ontario's newly announced policy that requires all lawyers to 'create and abide by an individual Statement of Principles that acknowledges your obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally'. Critics of this requirement consider it a form of unconstitutional compelled speech and ultra vires of the law society's statutory purpose. Supporters of the policy view it as a modest declaration of one of the many professional obligations already required in the profession.

Join Professor Pardy in a special town-hall style discussion about the policy. Challenges and critical discussion will be actively encouraged.


Bruce Pardy is a professor at the Queen's University Faculty of Law. He has previously taught at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, California Western School of Law in San Diego, Seattle University School of Law, the University of Western Ontario and for South Texas School of Law in Malta. He practiced litigation at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, and served for almost a decade as an adjudicator and mediator on the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal.


This event is being co-sponsored by the Runnymede Society and the Institute for Liberal Studies.

It will be held at the Weldon Law Building, Room 305 at 5:00PM. A light dinner and refreshments will be provided.

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