Day: October 30, 2018

Working Towards Inclusion

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Keynote speaker, author and founder of bhasin consulting inc. Ritu Bhasin, LL.B MBA.

By Jenneth Hogan

The Law Society was delighted to present it’s first full-day session co-hosted by the Canadian Bar Association, The Benefits of Diversity. We hosted the sessions first at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon on Tuesday, October 23rd and then in Regina on Wednesday October 24th at the Delta.

The morning sessions started off with keynote speaker, author and founder of bhasin consulting inc. Ritu Bhasin, LL.B MBA, who took participants on an interactive journey identifying their own internalized biases and the self-limiting beliefs and behaviours that often accompany them. Bhasin then provided participants with the background knowledge and skills that are vital in understanding and interrupting those biases – both conscious and unconscious – and the tools required to incorporate these practices into their workplace environments and day-to-day interactions.

The morning ended on an informative note as Curtis Woloschuk, Government of Saskatchewan, and Dr. Monica Hwang, University of Saskatoon, walked participants through Saskatchewan’s ever-changing demographic landscape highlighting the effect of said changes and the challenges and benefits they present. Dr. Stuart Wilson from the University of Regina facilitated this portion of the program, along with Woloschuk, at the Regina seminar.

The afternoon was comprised of two panel discussions, the first of which was made up of individuals from underrepresented groups in the profession and centered around lived-experiences and personal perspectives on the impact of bias. The second panel took a closer look at these challenges from a workplace perspective and offered up strategies for incorporating diversity into, and achieving inclusion within, an organization to improve overall business function and morale.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan would like to thank the Canadian Bar Association for their part in hosting such a unique and important seminar. We would also like to thank our guest speakers for sharing their experiences, knowledge and guidance on such a personal (and often-times quite sensitive) topic. Your insights and guidance are invaluable. To our participants, thank you for bringing light to the challenges that surround diversity and for playing their role in becoming a profession that’s more inclusive, empowered and authentic.

Access to Justice Week Call to Action: End Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness in the Legal Profession

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By Michael Marschal, Managing Editor of the Saskatchewan Law Review

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Orlando Da Silva delivered the 21st Annual Saskatchewan Law Review Lecture during the 3rd Annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week. Mr. Da Silva is a Senior Crown Council with the Serious Fraud Office of the Prosecution Division of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.   Mr. Da Silva spoke to the College of Law about his experience with mental illness before and throughout his legal career. Mr. Da Silva’s comments were an insightful and powerful call to action to end the stigma surrounding mental illness in the legal profession, encouraging those struggling in silence to come forward and seek the help they need. The example Mr. Da Silva sets is inspiring, demonstrating that seeking help for a mental illness does not have to mean sacrificing the career you have spent a lifetime pursuing. The Saskatchewan Law Review and the College of Law as a whole is grateful for Mr. Da Silva’s courage in sharing his story.