Access to Law Society of Upper Canada

canadalogo.jpgThe Law Society of Upper Canada is doing research into access to the profession and disability. There was a call on Surduslaw earlier for Deaf lawyers to contribute to this research, and from an international perspective, I hope this happens. Any research relating to access to the profession is valuable, and comparative approaches can be drawn upon internationally.

Call for Participants

Law Society of Upper Canada to consult with law students, law graduates and
lawyers with disabilities

The Law Society of Upper Canada is embarking on a study to identify the nature and extent of support that could be developed to assist law students, law graduates and lawyers with disabilities to enter the legal profession and maintain a successful career in law. The study, projected for Fall 2004, will be conducted through confidential individual interviews with law students, law graduates and lawyers with disabilities.

The project is led by the Disability Working Group, a Working Group of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee of the Law Society of Upper Canada. The Strategic Counsel, an independent research firm, will conduct the interviews.

The Society is interested in hearing from lawyers, law graduates and law students with any type of disability. The Society wishes to consult with people with disabilities from all regions of Ontario, practising in all areas of law and types of practice or working in other environments. The Society also welcomes participants called to the Ontario Bar who are not employed or who reside outside of Ontario.

The information collected in the interviews will form the basis for a report that will be used to develop policy options. The identity of those who participate in the research will be known only to the research team at The Strategic Counsel. The report will not link any information provided during the interviews to the people who provided it or to their place of employment.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Hugh Anderson, Senior Associate at The Strategic Counsel, before September 30, 2004, by telephone at (416) 975-4465 ext. 247, toll free at 1-888-975-4465 ext. 247, by fax at (416) 975-1883, or by email at accessresearch@thestrategiccounsel.com. TTY users can use
the Bell Relay Service (BRS) to place a call by dialing 711.

If you wish further information about this project please contact Jos?e Bouchard, Equity Advisor, Law Society of Upper Canada, by telephone at (416) 947-3984, toll free at 1-800-668-7380, by fax at (416) 947-3983, or by email to jbouchar@lsuc.on.ca. TTY users can use the Bell Relay Service (BRS) to place a call by dialing 711.