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2014 Annual Report: Performance Highlights

Challenges Faced by Racialized Lawyers and Paralegals

The Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group held a formal and informal engagement process in 2014 to identify challenges faced by racialized lawyers and paralegals.

(’Racialized’ is a word used to express race as a way that groups are socially identified or in which people self-identify. In this context, ’racialized’ includes Arab, Black, Chinese, East Asian, Latin American and Hispanic, South Asian, South-East Asian, and West Asian people.)

The Working Group, with the assistance of a consulting firm, talked to stakeholder groups, researched best practices for creating an inclusive profession, held interviews and focus groups and conducted a survey of the profession as a whole in order to try to develop strategies for inclusion at all career stages.

The Law Society released a consultation paper, Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees, and embarked at the end of 2014 in a province-wide consultation with the profession to identify strategies to address the challenges faced by racialized licensees.