The Law Society of Saskatchewan promotes and supports inclusion, equity, and diversity within its leadership and staff, and among Saskatchewan firms, lawyers, legal service providers, and the public.
The Law Society’s Equity & Access Committee monitors developments and provides advice on issues affecting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the legal profession and explores and recommends actions and/or initiatives to be taken. The Law Society is committed to the following goals:
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The Law Society of Saskatchewan conducted an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion survey during 2021 to understand member perspectives and personal experiences, and to focus efforts to advance programs and initiatives that promote an inclusive legal profession. Overall, the survey found that a majority of respondents recognize there are equity, diversity and inclusion issues within Saskatchewan’s legal profession from entry into practice to advancement during a law career.
The Law Society is committed to promoting and supporting diversity, inclusiveness and cultural competence amongst all Saskatchewan firms, lawyers and legal service providers and is prioritizing actions identified in the report for implementation. Notably, a majority of members agree that the Law Society should take action to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion within the profession.
In 2021, the Law Society conducted a member survey on Bencher elections to understand barriers to becoming a Bencher and whether there are additional or compounded barriers for members of equity-seeking groups. Overall, the survey identified more barriers for equity-seeking members to running for election as a Bencher, however there are similar perceptions between the profession overall and equity-seeking members.
The Law Society is prioritizing actions to address barriers identified in the report, including networking support, encouragement to run in elections, and consideration of the categories set out in the Rules of the Law Society.
The Law Society provides ongoing education and training related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. These programs are offered for free and qualify for ethics hours under the Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) policy.
|CPD 186||2018||The Benefits of Diversity||Seminar|
|CPD 203||2018||Integration of Internationally Trained Lawyers||Webinar|
|CPD 228||2019||Diversity and Inclusion: Working with LGBTQ+ Clients||Webinar|
|CPD 229||2019||Trends & Developments in Human Rights||Webinar|
|CPD 257||2020||Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession: Creating a Safe Workplace Environment||Webinar|
|CPD 262||2020||Professional Development in the Context of Cultural Competency||Webinar|
|CPD 295||2021||The Elephant in the Room: Gender Bias in the Legal Profession||Webinar|
|CPD 309.2||2021||Unpacking Cultural Safety in the Context of Tribunals||Webinar|
|CPD 315||2021||Cultural Humility and Empathy Training|
|CPD 318||2022||Saskatchewan's African Canadian Heritage||Webinar|
|CPD 329||2022||Gray Area Thinking®: How to Welcome and Accept Diverse Humans||Webinar|
|CPD 330||2022||DEI: Title TBD (part of a Labour & Employment Seminar)||Webinar|