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The Equity Advisory Group is looking for new members!

April 19, 2021

The Law Society of Ontario is inviting lawyers, paralegals, law students, paralegal students, licensing candidates and representatives of legal organizations and associations to apply for membership in the Equity Advisory Group. 

What is the Equity Advisory Group?

The Equity Advisory Group (EAG) represents the diverse interests of lawyers and paralegals who identify as a member of one or more equity-seeking groups. EAG advises the Law Society on issues affecting various equity-seeking communities in order to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal professions. The Law Society has consulted with EAG for over 17 years.

EAG’s membership consists of 12 individual and 12 organizational members. All members serve three-year terms.

Why is it looking for new members?

The current membership term for EAG members comes to an end in June 2021. EAG is currently looking for individual and organizational members for an upcoming three-year term ending in 2024. All positions are served on a voluntary basis.

What type of work does EAG do?

The Law Society frequently consults with EAG for advice and input on the development of policies and practices related to equity, both within the Law Society and the professions. EAG also provides feedback and written submissions on various Law Society consultations and recommendations with an equity lens that reflects the perspective of its membership.

Some of EAG’s recent work includes updating the Law Society’s information guides and model policies, providing guidance on equity and diversity issues, and consulting with the Law Society on the proposed Family Legal Services Provider licence, which aims to facilitate access to justice in family law.  

Who can apply?

EAG is currently seeking applications from interested individuals and organizations who identify or work on issues affecting (but not limited to) communities of racialized individuals, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, questioning or two-spirited (LGBTIQ2S+), Francophones and women.

What is the time commitment?

EAG members are expected to attend eight to 10 EAG meetings per year either in person or by audio or video teleconference. EAG members will also be expected to dedicate time to tasks such as reviewing or providing input on reports or studies. The expected time commitment is approximately three to five hours per month.

EAG members are encouraged to attend various equity events, meetings and programs organized by the Law Society.

Sounds Great! How do I apply?

To apply as an individual member, please send your curriculum vitae and a brief statement of interest outlining why you are interested in joining EAG, including any relevant experiences and activities in the areas of access to justice, human rights, anti-racism and anti-oppression, equity and diversity, social justice and employment equity.

If you are applying as a legal organization or association, please send a letter of interest that includes information about your organization or association’s membership, mandate, activities, community engagement and other relevant information.

All applications must be submitted electronically to eag@lso.ca by Friday, April 30, 2021.

Where can I learn more?

For more information about EAG, please visit the Law Society’s Equity Advisory Group webpage.

You can also email us at eag@lso.ca with your questions.

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