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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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The FLF is holding its first meeting today. We will meet at 1 pm in room 207. We will be discussing volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved in the FLF so it is important to come.

If you can’t make it, send an e-mail to flf.robsonhall@gmail.com and we will send you all the important information we will be going over at the meeting.

See you there!

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The FLF is thrilled to announce that our first Feminist Fridays roundtable discussion of the 2010/2011 academic year will be led by Prof. Debra Parkes. The roundtable is titled Feminism and Law: Why and How? It will be held on Tuesday, September 28th from 12 -1 in room 309.

This promises to be a fascinating introductory roundtable, well suited for those who identify as feminists or have studied in the areas of feminism or gender before, as well as those who wish to learn a bit more about feminism. In particular, this roundtable will discuss the interaction between feminism and law – a great start for a group named Feminist Legal Forum!

If you’re looking to mull some questions over before the roundtable, Professor Parkes has provided us with a short book chapter that will be of some help.  “Feminist Legal Studies: a Primer” by Brettel Dawson offers some thought provoking content that will get you thinking about things to discuss or questions to bring up at the roundtable. Find it here: Feminist Legal Primer

The roundtable is a great opportunity to discuss and debate, as well as to interact with fellow students and Faculty members.

More on Prof. Debra Parkes, our discussion facilitator:

Professor Debra Parkes teaches and researches in a variety of areas related to constitutional and human rights law, criminal law, employment and labour law, and penal law and policy. Her scholarly work examines the various ways that rights claims are framed, adjudicated, and reviewed by administrative authorities and courts, as well as the public support (or, in some cases, lack of it) for those rights claims.

Professor Parkes is one of Canada’s leading experts on prisoners’ rights and she currently holds a multi-year grant from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to investigate prisoner complaint systems in Canada and internationally. She is also collaborating with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities on a Community-University Research Alliance grant from the SSHRC, examining legal mechanisms for the enforcement of the human rights of people with disabilities.

Professor Parkes is a member of the Manitoba Bar and a past member of the Ontario Bar. She currently serves as President of the Canadian Law & Society Association, a national association of scholars from many disciplines who are interested in the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life. During her term as President of the Manitoba Elizabeth Fry Society, Professor Parkes led that organization’s advocacy for women’s equality rights through a Human Rights complaint and mediation. In recognition of her human rights work, Professor Parkes has received the University of Manitoba Outreach Award (2005) and the Manitoba Bar Association Equality Rights Award (2008). She was also nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2008.

See you at the roundtable! Bring your lunch and your hunger for discussion!

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The FLF’s first meeting of the 2010/2011 year will be held on Thursday, September 16th at 1 pm in room 207. All interested students are welcome to attend to meet us, find out more and ask questions.

We will be discussing upcoming events, our collaborations, and ways you can get involved.

Any questions can be posted here on the blog or can be sent via e-mail to flf.robsonhall@gmail.com   E-mails can also be directed to that address if you’d like to join our mailing list.

Please let us know if you can’t make the meeting and we’ll send you the information you missed out on!

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Hello and welcome to The Forum! This is the official online location of Robson Hall’s Feminist Legal Forum.  This blog is intended to be one form of interaction for anyone interested in the FLF and/or equality issues, for both members and non-members alike. We are inclusive and welcome participation from all students at Robson Hall, male, female, feminist or not.  We enthusiastically encourage open dialogue, debate and conversation. However, any content deemed entirely inconsistent with the FLF’s mandate to promote equality will be removed.

We have big plans for this little blog! Watch out for notices about upcoming meetings and events, summaries of round table discussions and “Feminist Fridays” – posts from contributors on current issues, rants and discussion topics.

Thank you for visiting!

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