Measuring progress is one of five strategies the Law Society is putting into action to break down barriers faced by racialized lawyers and paralegals.
To meet this strategy, the Law Society is currently implementing the following recommendations of the Working Together for Change final report.
We will continue to update this page with further information, as implementation progresses.
Recommendation 3 – The Adoption of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Principles and Practices
The Law Society will:
- require a licensee representative of each legal workplace of at least 10 licensees in Ontario to complete, every two years, an equality, diversity and inclusion self-assessment for their legal workplace, through their Lawyer or Paralegal Annual Report
- encourage legal workplaces to conduct inclusion surveys by providing them with sample templates.
Recommendation 4 – Measuring Progress through Quantitative Analysis
Each year, the Law Society will measure progress quantitatively by providing legal workplaces of at least 25 licensees in Ontario with the quantitative self-identification data of their licensees compiled from their Lawyer and Paralegal Annual Reports in a manner consistent with the best practices established to protect licensees vulnerable to harm that may flow from this disclosure, so they can compare their data with the aggregate demographic data gathered from the profession as a whole through the annual reports.
Recommendation 5 – Measuring Progress through Qualitative Analysis
The Law Society will measure progress by:
- asking licensees to voluntarily answer inclusion questions about their legal workplace, in their Annual Report, every four years; and
- compiling the results of the inclusion questions for each legal workplace of at least 25 licensees in Ontario and providing the legal workplace with a summary of the information gathered.
Recommendation 6 – Inclusion Index
Every four years, the Law Society will develop and publish an inclusion index that reflects the following information, including, for each legal workplace of at least 25 licensees: the legal workplace's self-assessment information (Recommendation 3), demographic data obtained from the Lawyer Annual Report and Paralegal Annual Report (Recommendation 4) and information gathered from the inclusion questions provided by the Law Society (Recommendation 5).
Recommendation 7 – Repeat Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Project Inclusion Survey
Every four years, the Law Society will repeat the inclusion survey that was conducted in 2014 as part of the research for the Working Together for Change final report. An inclusion survey was conducted in 2017, the results will be published in 2018.