Archive for September, 2012

Just wanted to give the FLF followers a quick update on the Douglas Inquiry event being held this Thursday, September 13th. Elizabeth Mitchell, Co-Chair of the FLF and third year law student at Robson Hall, sent me the official press release for the event, so you can read it below. She also forwarded the official poster for the event to me so feel free to admire it as well, and share it with anyone else you think will be interested in attending this event.


University of Manitoba law students are wondering why the personal life of Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Associate Chief Justice Lori Douglas has been splashed across the pages of national newspapers. And what does the Canadian Judicial Council inquiry into her conduct mean for their own careers in the age of Facebook photos? Should any law student with a family secret give up on a dream of ever becoming a judge?

After a summer of watching an inquiry like none before, law students are returning to classes this fall with questions. Two University of Manitoba law professors will field those questions at a meeting open to the public. As time permits, questions will also be taken from other members of the audience.

When: Thur. Sept. 13 at noon

Where: Moot Court, Robson Hall, Fort Garry campus, University of Manitoba

Who: Prof. David Asper and Prof. Karen Busby

“We’ll try to explain some of the nuances of the accusations and the lines of questioning lawyers are pursuing at the inquiry,” Busby said.

Asper is looking forward to hearing from students and faculty whether they think the inquiry is an appropriate way to resolve the issues that have arisen. “Did the Canadian Judicial Council do the right thing here? It’s an indirect way of the public judging judges.”

Women students may be particularly concerned about the fate of a Robson Hall graduate who is one of Manitoba’s top women judges. “The inquiry has left us wondering whether female judges face greater scrutiny when it comes to their personal lives,” said Elizabeth Mitchell of Robson Hall’s student-run Feminist Legal Forum.

For more information, contact: Karen Busby, director, Centre for Human Rights Research, at: 204-474-6155 or email: Karen.Busby@ad.umanitoba.ca, or Elizabeth Mitchell, co-chair, Feminist Legal Forum, at email:flf.robsonhall@gmail.com

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In preparation for Thursday’s Q & A discussion with Professor Busby and Asper on the Douglas Inquiry I thought I would post a couple of articles to give anyone who hasn’t been following the inquiry a quick overview of what is going on.

The first article I found is from the CBC website, and any second year law student in Professor Milward’s Evidence class will appreciate the first part of the article, which talks about “reasonable apprehension of bias” (if they’ve gotten through this Thursday’s readings). The remainder of the CBC article does a good job of summarizing the basics of the inquiry.

The second article I wanted to draw to everyone’s attention is written by Professor Busby and is posted on the Globe and Mail website. I found the article interesting and feel that perhaps it gives us all a sneak peek into some of Professor Busby’s thoughts on the Douglas Inquiry. Personally, I’m not sure I completely agree with Professor Busby’s opinions in the article, so I look forward to hearing what she has to say on Thursday.

Again, “What is going on with the Douglas Inquiry?” is the first FLF of the event of the year and is being hosted jointly with the Centre for Human Rights Research. The event is this Thursday September 13th in the Moot Room from 12:00pm until 1:00pm, so be sure to come out!

In the meantime, any thoughts or comments FLF readers?

— Raelynn Madu (second year law student at Robson Hall and Communications Director for the FLF).

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone! Just a few announcements.

First, the FLF will be set up during Orientation Week on Wednesday September 5th during the lunch hour trying to recruit some new members, so stop by and say hello or spread the word that we’ll be there. We’ll have some cookies for sure and perhaps some other treats too, so it should be a good time.

Second, the first FLF event of the year is coming up pretty fast. It’s a panel discussion entitled “What is going on with the Douglas Inquiry?” Perhaps, you’ve seen the advertisement on the Robson Hall webpage? The event is Thursday September 13th in the Moot Court room from 12:00 until 1:00 and is being presented jointly by the FLF and the Centre for Human Rights Research. Robson Hall’s very own Professor Busby and Professor Asper will be on hand to answer questions. It should be an interesting discussion, so be sure to come out!

Third, the FLF’s first official welcome back meeting and information session for new members will be held during the third week of September or so. Details about this event will be posted soon.

Finally, the FLF has received word that Winnipeg will be hosting its second annual SlutWalk on Saturday September 15th 2012. The FLF plans to attend and details on a meeting spot for anyone interested will be posted soon. Here is a link to the official Winnipeg SlutWalk facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SlutWalkWinnipeg and website: http://slutwalkwinnipeg.wordpress.com/


We now have a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/feministlegalforum. Be sure to “like” us.

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