December 12, 2018

The untold history of the legal profession

A feature that I wrote for Precedent Magazine came out this week. As you can tell by the cover, it was not a cheery topic to dig into. Like many professions, the law industry has a lot of problems stemming from a history of systemic and cultural discrimination that made it excruciatingly difficult to be a lawyer if you were not a white man. The TL;DR version of this article can be summed up with a quote from the longest-serving judge on the Supreme Court of Canada, Rosalie Abella: "It was tough to get an articling job. But then I expected it to be tough. One [firm] said, 'I hope you understand, we're just not hiring women.'" Cue the rage.