We provide resources, tools and training to support lawyers and law firms as they develop an equity strategy in the workplace.
- Equity Resources
- The Equity Lens Toolkit
- Cultural Competence Information and Training
- Equity & Access Mentorships
- Practicing cultural competency with clients
(Video – Kathryn Dumke)
- Defining Key terms: Culture, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
(Video – Kathryn Dumke)
- Fundamentals for Becoming Culturally Competent
(Video – Naiomi Metallic)
- Cultural Humility
(Video – Juliana Mosely, PH.D.)
- Why Cultural Competency?
(Video – Robert S. Wright)
- Cultural Difference & cultural competence
(Video – Robert S. Wright)
- The Right way to ask questions about your colleague’s race
(Video – Ritu Bhasin)
- Identifying, Understanding and Responding to Relevant Racial/First Nations Issues in our Cases
(Video – Josie McKinney)
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- What is reconciliation?
(Video – TRC Commission of Canada)
- MMIWG National Inquiry Calls for Justice
(National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – 2019)
- Decolonization Learning Journey
(Webinars – Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia)
Please note: You are required to enter your name and email address to access the recordings.
- Street Checks Report
(NS Human Rights Commission – 2019)
- Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall Jr. Prosecution
(Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr., Prosecution. – 1989)
- Equity Considerations During a Pandemic
(NSBS Equity & Access Manager Angela Simmonds – 2020)
- Race, Health & COVID-19
(Webinar – CASW, OASW and the Hon. Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard – 2020)
- Hiring Practices for Equity in Employment Interviewing Guide
(Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society)
- Guidelines for Lawyers: Supporting Trans* and Gender Variant Clients, Colleagues and Employees
(Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society – 2017)
- Employment equity in the legal profession in Nova Scotia
- Equity and Diversity in Nova Scotia’s Entity Regulation Management System
(Prepared by Kevin Wong – 2015)
- Model Accommodation Policy
- Safe Spaces Make Great Workplaces, Serving All Customers Better and Working with Abilities
(Human Rights Commission – Free Online Training)
- Project Implicit Tests -The goal of this organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.
- Best practices for trauma – informed lawyering
(Video – Mary Brown and Andrea Hancook)
- The Trauma-Informed Lawyer hosted by Myrna McCallum
(Myrna McCallum brought to you in partnership with the CBA – Podcast)
Response to #TalkJustice Campaign Videos
- Lawyer burnout is an access to justice problem
(Video – Jill Perry)
- Holding the space for community action
(Video – LaMeia Reddick)
- Supporting Each Other in Anti-Racism Work
(Webinar – CBA-NS)
- How to be an Ally
(Powerpoint – Aleta C. Cromwell QC, 2020)
- RDS vs. A Story of Race and Justice
(Video – Canadian Race Relations Foundation)
- Anti-Racism Bookshelf: Tools for Entering a Difficult Conversation
The Equity Lens Toolkit
The Society’s Equity Lens Toolkit provides lawyers, law firms, and Society staff and volunteers with instructions on how to apply an ‘equity lens’ to their decision making. It includes a description of the equity lens and a set of worksheets and reference material to help users apply it in practice.
Cultural Competence Information and Training
We work to ensure that Nova Scotia’s lawyers are culturally competent, trauma-informed and broadly reflective of Nova Scotia’s diverse populations. We are focused on:
- providing articled clerks and practicing lawyers with cultural competence instruction;
- supporting lawyers and law students with practice advice, resources and opportunities for mentorship; and
- celebrating and reflecting on progress through events honouring our profession’s diversity, such as our annual pride reception and the Racial Equity Committee’s reception honouring racialized and Indigenous articled clerks.
Equity & Access Mentorships
Equity & Access Mentorship Program
This mentorship program is offered in conjunction with the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Initiative at Dalhousie University (IB&M).
Interested in the equity & access mentorship program? Please contact Angela Simmonds, Equity & Access Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Internationally Trained Lawyers (ITL) Observership Program
This observership program provides internationally trained lawyers with an opportunity to connect with the local legal profession and to learn about the practical and procedural aspects of practising law in Canada.
The Society runs this program in collaboration with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) in Halifax.
Pride Mentorship Program
The Pride Mentorship Program, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered lawyers, is offered in collaboration with the CBA Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC) section.
2SLGBTQ+ lawyers face specific challenges and barriers, and this program provides a forum for discussion, strategy and support designed to improve the practice experience for this community of lawyers.
The Ku’TawTinu: Shared Articling Initiative
This initiative provides Mi’kmaq and Indigenous law students with an opportunity to engage in the process and practice of Aboriginal Law specifically related to legal research and litigation within Indigenous communities.
The Ku’TawTinu: Shared Articling Initiative creates articling positions that will provide a well-rounded articling experience, which will focus on contemporary Mi’kmaq and Indigenous legal issues.
Are you a law student interested in the Ku’TawTinu: Shared Articling Initiative? Please contact Angela Simmonds, Equity & Access Manager at email@example.com.
The Ujima Shared Articling Initiative
Ujima is an African Proverb which means to build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems (collective work and responsibility).
The number of African Nova Scotians graduating from law school each year continues to climb, but the number of opportunities do not.
To support and increase the number of practising African Nova Scotian lawyers the Society is extending the Shared Articling Initiative to include African Nova Scotians.
This will provide a well-rounded articling experience with the opportunity to include a grassroots approach with issues affecting African Nova Scotian communities.
Are you a law student interested in the Ujima Shared Articling Initiative? Please contact Angela Simmonds, Equity & Access Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Angela Simmonds, Equity & Access Manager, at email@example.com.