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The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, January 03, 2020 @ 12:19 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

U of T to launch Black Future Lawyers program
When Josh Lokko got accepted into law school at the University of Toronto in 2015, the first-year student body was different than in most years. Six of the 210 students were black. Usually this number ranges from one to three students. The University of Toronto would like to change the status quo.

Panel on feminist advocacy stresses need for diverse voices, education on sexual assault
A panel of lawyers who have incorporated feminist advocacy into their practices has highlighted the need for diverse voices to be heard in the legal system, education on sexual assault and pushing back on social norms as key aspects of advancing feminism in law.

New Year’s resolutions for criminal justice in Canada
In her column, Kyla Lee writes “With mandate letters going out to ministers in mid-December, it got me thinking about what 2020 would bring for our criminal justice system. If a mandate is like a direction to ministers, could it be considered like a New Year’s resolution?”

Alberta bill to boost Indigenous access to investment capital
In his analysis article, Julius Melnitzer writes “Bill 14, the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation Act, represents the first attempt in Canada to set up a permanent structure that will facilitate investment and access to capital by Indigenous groups in natural resource projects and related infrastructure.”

Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.