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Lately at the FLF, we’ve been talking a lot about the triumphs and tragedies of being an activist. Luckily, as it turns out, there’s plenty of inspiration out there to keep us going.

Dayna heard this great interview on the Current (CBC Radio1) on Tuesday, and thought to share it. Thanks Dayna! It features American Olympian John Carlos, who in 1968 used the Olympic podium as a political platform. It turned out to be a very controversial move. Check out the interview here, and hear Carlos describe his experiences as an activist in an unexpected forum.

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On a slightly lighter note, I (Eli) have also noticed that inspiration and motivation can come from less… serious sources. Making my breakfast this morning, I enjoyed a dance-party-for-one to the (I think) classic ‘anthem’ None of Your Business by Salt n’ Peppa. I can’t say I’m 100% sure about their intended message, but it did make me think of issues like cross-examining a complainant in sexual assault case on her previous sexual history. Seriously! Anyway, have a feel-good dance party of your own here.

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We are so pleased that this roundtable with Dr. Emma Cunliffe (UBC, Law) has been re-scheduled for March 24th from 12 -1 in room 308.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss the intersection of evidence law and feminism with an expert in the field. If you’d like to do some thinking in advance of the discussion, Dr. Cunliffe has suggested a short reading: What feminism can teach us about expert evidence. All students are welcome to attend – you do not have to have taken Evidence in order to enjoy and participate in this discussion.

Read more about the roundtable, and Dr. Cunliffe on the post for the originally scheduled discussion:

https://feministlegalforum.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/what-feminism-can-teach-us-about-expert-evidence-roundtable-discussion/

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Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a chance to relax before diving back into classes this term.

The FLF is thrilled to announce that Dr. Emma Cunliffe (UBC Faculty of Law) will be leading a roundtable for us on January 21st from 12 -1 on “What Feminism Can Teach us About Expert Evidence”. This is a great chance for those who have taken evidence to consider some feminist issues around the case law and concepts learned in class. For those who haven’t taken evidence yet, the roundtable is an opportunity to gain a feminist perspective on evidence law. Evidence law is an area where a feminist perspective is extremely important and there’s not a lot of time to delve into these issues in the course itself. So come to the roundtable to learn and discuss!

If you’d like to prepare for the roundtable, Dr. Cunliffe would be grateful if you did a broad reading that will provide a good introduction to the topic. The approach to the roundtable will be flexible and open so that there can be lots of discussion and time for questions. The reading should help spark some thoughts in your mind before the discussion. Click on the link below for the reading.

What feminism can teach us about expert evidence

We are very excited to host Dr. Emma Cunliffe for this roundtable. It is an honour to have her come speak with us.

 

Dr Emma Cunliffe is an Assistant Professor at the UBC Faculty of Law.  She won the Killam Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2010 and has pioneered the use of problem-based learning in her classes at UBC.  Dr Cunliffe’s research focuses on expert evidence in homicide trials, particularly expert medical evidence.  Her forthcoming book (Murder, Medicine and Motherhood: Hart, 2011) considers the role of sudden infant death syndrome and normative conceptions of motherhood in child homicide prosecutions in the early 21st century.  In her current work, Emma is considering the social and legal context in which 20 parents and caregivers were wrongly accused of murder by Ontario pathologist Charles Smith.  In addition, Emma is conducting the first comprehensive survey of admissibility decisions regarding expert evidence in Canadian courts, in an effort to identify whether some types of expertise are scrutinized more closely than others by judges and lawyers.

 

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With this term drawing to a close, the FLF is looking ahead to some exciting events in the new year. We have some great guests coming to facilitate roundtables and we are just thrilled at how the winter term is shaping up.

So save the date for…

January 13 at noon social justice talk with Prof. Debra Parkes and Meghan Daniel

The FLF is pleased to support this event being hosted by the faculty. Ms. Daniel and Prof. Parkes are writing a paper together entitled “The G20 Protests, Mass Arrests and Mass Detention: Fundamental Freedoms and (Un)Common Criminals” and their talk will focus on legal issues arising from the G20 protests and their aftermath.

Debra Parkes is an Associate Professor at Robson Hall. Prof. Parkes teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional and human rights law, criminal law, employment law, prisoners’ rights, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, sentencing and penal policy and equality rights.

Meghan Daniel is a former Robson Hall student who is now a lawyer with Klippensteins in Toronto. Klippensteins is a small, progressive, justice-centered law firm. Ms. Daniels was a legal observer at the G20 protests and her story of that event is emblematic of the human rights issues arising from the mass arrests and mass detentions.

This is definitely an event you won’t want to miss!

January 21 at noon – roundtable with Dr. Emma Cunliffe

Emma Cunliffe (UBC, Faculty of Law) will be joining us to lead a roundtable on feminism and evidence law. This will be a great discussion for both those who have taken evidence and those who haven’t. The specific topic of discussion is TBD, but we are so excited to host Dr. Cunliffe to discuss feminist perspectives on evidence law.

Dr Emma Cunliffe is an Assistant Professor at the UBC Faculty of Law.  She won the Killam Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2010 and has pioneered the use of problem-based learning in her classes at UBC.  Dr Cunliffe’s research focuses on expert evidence in homicide trials, particularly expert medical evidence.  Her forthcoming book (Murder, Medicine and Motherhood: Hart, 2011) considers the role of sudden infant death syndrome and normative conceptions of motherhood in child homicide prosecutions in the early 21st century.  In her current work, Emma is considering the social and legal context in which 20 parents and caregivers were wrongly accused of murder by Ontario pathologist Charles Smith.  In addition,Emma is conducting the first comprehensive survey of admissibility decisions regarding expert evidence in Canadian courts, in an effort to identify whether some types of expertise are scrutinized more closely than others by judges and lawyers.

February 17 at noon

We will be partnering with the Manitoba Aboriginal Law Students’ Association (MALSA) to host Celeste MacKay.  Celeste will be discussing the human rights of indigenous women. Celeste’s advocacy work has focused on the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and this event will take into consideration the Declaration in a feminist context, tying in violence, discrimination rights, rights related to economic, social and cultural rights and the right to self-determination

Céleste McKay is a Métis woman from Manitoba, with a background in social work and law. In 2007, Céleste received her LL.M. degree from the University of Ottawa which focused on the international right to health of Indigenous women in Canada.  She has worked in the areas of human rights, policy, research and advocacy work, both nationally and internationally, primarily on behalf of Indigenous women’s organizations. Céleste is a Consultant on Human Rights and International Affairs.

We’re working on something exciting for March and will be sure to alert everyone when we have more details!

Happy holidays!

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