Mental Health, Queer Identity, and the Profession + SOGIC Winter Social 

Dec. 12, 2022
Toronto ON

OBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community PROGRAM | 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

This program will focus on mental health and queer identity, as they intersect with the legal profession.

Earlier this year, former Chief Justice Strathy published “The Litigator and Mental Health”—an influential paper that addresses the importance of mental health in the profession. Unfortunately, mental health issues are widespread in the profession and even traditional markers of success in practice often correlate with signs of depression. The paper is a call to action. The Chief Justice invited law firms to do more to foster an inclusive environment that promotes mental health. He observed the subtle acts of exclusion that can cause 2SLGBTQI+ counsel to experience isolation, uncertainty, and stress, and the problematic ways in which these issues are often treated as individual rather than systemic and are therefore left unaddressed.

Join us for an informative panel discussion and Q&A featuring 2SLGBTQI+ practitioners. We encourage allies in the profession to attend. The panelists will discuss the unique challenges that face 2SLGBTQI+ persons in the profession and how legal workplaces and colleagues should respond to those unique challenges.

This program will be immediately followed by SOGIC’s Annual Winter Social.


Chris Grisdale, Adair Goldblatt Bieber LLP


Beth Beattie, Ministry of the Attorney General, Civil Law Division
Peter Sullivan, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Jessie Gomberg, J.D., LL.M.



Date: Monday, December 12, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm Registration 
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Panel Discussion
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Winter Social
Location: OBA Conference Centre
20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8


CBA Member: $35* | CBA Student Member: $35* | Non-Member: $35*

*plus applicable taxes


Registrants for to the Trans Day of Remembrance Reception on November 23 will receive free attendance and be automatically registered for this program and the SOGIC Winter Social. You can register for the Trans Day of Remembrance Reception here. 



Please note the following pandemic-related protocols:
Please note the following pandemic-related protocols: The Government of Ontario no longer requires proof of vaccination for participation in this event. Accordingly, we will not be requiring proof of vaccination. Attendees are asked to self-screen before entering the OBA premises. While the Government of Ontario no longer requires the wearing of masks for this event, out of consideration for other participants, we ask that you wear a mask while onsite when you are not actively eating or drinking. As circumstances evolve, these protocols may be changed.


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