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LSUC statement of principles challenged in court as black lawyers group urges profession to support regulator

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 12:13 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) mandate for licensees to adopt a statement of principles to promote diversity is drawing strong support and, conversely, opposition from various parts of the bar.

CABL president Shawn RichardWhile the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) calls for legal professionals to support the mandate, a law professor from Lakehead University is challenging the statement’s constitutionality in court.

Professor Ryan Alford filed a Notice of Application in Ontario Superior Court on Nov. 6 requesting a declaration that the statement of...