Lawyers as Agents for Change: Tackling Hate, Racism, Xenophobia from a Practitioner’s Perspective 

Sep. 8, 2017
Toronto ON

OBA Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Section LAW PROGRAM
7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

In recent months, incidents fueled by racism, xenophobia and intolerance, both at home and abroad, have been reported in the media on an almost weekly basis. In Toronto alone, we have witnessed an Islamophobic protest outside of a downtown mosque, hate speech and graffiti targeting Jews, and several other incidents of hateful vandalism across the city.

With increasing regularity comes increasing concern and a need for action from the legal community. In February, we saw lawyers across Canada and the United States come together swiftly in a Cross Border Legal Coalition to challenge the USA’s immigration ban and assist those affected.

Can we do more? How can you respond? Ensure you are able to identify hate crimes, strategize how to address hate-based incidents that may fall below the legal threshold for hate crimes, and provide critical legal assistance to individuals or groups targeted by such incidents. Our expert panel will unravel key questions, including:

  • What venues are available for addressing racist, xenophobic and hate-based incidents?
  • What factors should you consider in choosing the appropriate forum?
  • How can advocates work with individuals and community groups to prevent such incidents from occurring?
  • What are the unique challenges facing clients targeted by such incidents that you need to be aware of?

Join us to explore this timely issue with advocates who bring years of experience responding to discriminatory and hate-based action on behalf of their clients, and gather the expertise you need to take a stand.


Anita Bromberg, Director of Advocacy and Engagement, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center
Mihad Fahmy, Barrister & Solicitor, and Chair, Human Rights Committee, National Council of Canadian Muslims
Corey Shefman, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP


Richa Sandill, Rudner MacDonald LLP


Kiran Kang, Goldblatt Partners LLP
Ewa Krajewska, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 am Registration
8:00 am - 9:30 am Program
Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events
20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8


CBA Member: $50* | CBA Student Member: $25* | Non-Member: $95*

*plus applicable taxes


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