Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Greenberg Chair in Women  and the Legal Profession was thrilled to host Dr. Carys Craig on Wednesday, Sept. 21st, 2016. She delivered a talk entitled "A Feminist Copyright Agenda:
Open Access, Attribution & the Academy". You can find the transcript of this thought provoking talk here and the podcast here.

The 2016 Indigenous Bar Association Conference

By: Beth Kotierk

The 2016 Indigenous Bar Association Conference entitled “Redefining Relationships: With or Without You” was hosted in Musqueam Territory. There was a record-breaking student count at this year’s conference, which created a particular energy in the air - one that was forward-thinking and hopeful.

In our corner of the legal profession, women seem to outnumber the men and being surrounded by so many successful and inspiring Indigenous women was a rare and special experience. Looking around the conference, you could see distinguished and influential Indigenous lawyers and advocates. A deep respect for the work that has been done, and continues to be done by these individuals emerges as you navigate the conference and catch glimpses of their laughs and conversations.

The conference was filled with speakers that inspired and motivated like Senator Murray Sinclair, Jeffrey Hewitt, Dr. Val Napoleon, Dr. Tracy Lindberg, Tanya Kappo, and Jean Teillet.  All speakers spoke so eloquently - from their hearts - encouraging us all to remain critical and compassionate.

A common message of many of the speakers was to remember to love your communities more than you love yourself; a humble and powerful request of us. These tugs of responsibility and obligations, depending on your discipline, are overwhelming in isolation. Our ability to gather together and talk about culture, histories and current issues affecting our communities revealed the passion and pain of legal pursuits.

Val Napoleon, an absolute idol, was awarded the Annual IBA award this year at the gala. Val Napoleon was honoured by traditional Musqueam dancers and drummers; the ceremony was the most moving and beautiful honouring I have seen in a long time. I have a deep respect for this phenomenal leader and woman. A sense of joy, encouragement and connectedness filled the room during the gala, thinking about how far Indigenous peoples have come in our common struggle with the Canadian government; to be recognized and respected as nations.

Attending the conference provided us the opportunity to imagine what the future holds.This is only possible through the hard work of our community members and our women. Qujannamiik to the Indigenous Bar Association for being a revitalizing experience and support network for so many Indigenous women and female-identified Indigenous people.


Beth Kotierk is the daughter of Apayata and Juliet Kotierk from Igloolik, Nunavut. She is currently in her second year of law school at the University of Ottawa.

Nouveau cours appliqué sur la réforme féministe ANFD/ NAWL's applied course in feminist law reform

Monday, October 3, 2016

Chère amie, cher ami de l’ANFD,

Nous vous invitons à assister au lancement du nouveau cours appliqué sur la réforme féministe du droit intitulé : « Réforme du droit féministe 101 » du Fonds pour la recherche et l’éducation de l’Association nationale Femmes et Droit. Le lancement, suivi d’une réception, auront lieu le mercredi 2 novembre, de 18 h à 20 h, au Pavillon des diplômés Alex-Trebek, 157, Séraphin-Marion privé à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Il s’agit d’un tout nouveau cours en ligne d’accès ouvert et complètement bilingue qui se fonde sur l’expertise de juristes, de militantes et d’autres féministes activement engagées dans le processus de réforme du droit. Le cours se veut une sorte de « boîte à outils » permettant de développer les compétences nécessaires pour faire avancer les droits à l’égalité. Les sujets abordés comprennent notamment l’interaction avec des représentant(e)s du gouvernement et des députés, le recours efficace aux médias, et le travail au sein de coalitions. Ce cours combine des lectures avec de brefs clips vidéo et propose des questions à débat dans un format interactif susceptible d’être utilisé aussi bien en salle de classe que dans d’autres cadres. Après son lancement, le cours sera accessible ici.

Prière de répondre par courriel avant le 28 octobre à : anne.levesque@uottawa.ca. N’hésitez pas à diffuser cette invitation parmi votre entourage et auprès de toute personne susceptible de vouloir assister à ce lancement. Nous espérons vous voir en grand nombre le 2 novembre ! 


Dear friend of NAWL:

We are writing to invite you to attend the launch of the National Association of Women and the Law Charitable Trusts’ new applied course on feminist law reform: ‘Feminist Law Reform 101’.  The launch and reception will take place on Wednesday November 2nd, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Alex Trebek Alumni Hall, 157 Séraphin-Marion Private, at the University of Ottawa.

This new online open-access and fully bilingual course draws on the expertise of feminist lawyers, activists and others actively engaged in the law reform process and provides a “tool-kit” for pursuing systemic legislative change. Topics covered include interacting with the executive branch and MPs, making effective use of the media, and working in coalitions.  The course combines readings with short video clips and suggested discussion questions in an interactive format designed for use in both classroom and non-classroom settings.  The course can be accessed herefollowing the launch.


Please RSVP before October 28th by e-mailing anne.levesque@uottawa.ca. Feel free to share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in attending and we look forward to seeing you on November 2nd

WLMP awards Shirley E. Greenberg

Shirley E. Greenberg recently received the Friend of the Women's Legal Mentorship Program Award. The WLMP has recognised Ms. Greenberg's dedication to women's legal mentorship and her work to increase the retention of women in the law.
Designed by Rachel Gold.