Message from the National Steering Committee
In 2013-2014, NAWL continued to work toward its vision of providing feminist law students law students with the skills necessary for advancing systemic law reform remedies at the federal level.
In early 2014, Martha Jackman and Julie Shugarman co-instructed a Feminist Law Reform seminar course at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, French Common Law Section. A number of high-profile feminist lawyers, two Members of Parliament, and several equality advocates offered guest lectures for the seminar course. Work is underway to put a version of this Feminist Law Reform Course online for broad access through the NAWL website.
In October 2013, NAWL suffered an enormous loss when our dear friend and colleague Alison Dewar died. Her powerful lesbian feminist voice and wisdom are deeply missed not only by her friends at NAWL, but by the social justice community at large. Our sympathies go out to Alison’s social justice partner and soul mate, Diana Majury.
Having received a significant number of donations in memory of Alison through the NAWL Charitable Trust for Research and Education, NAWL worked in collaboration with Alison’s law firm, Raven Cameron Ballantyne and Yazbeck (RCBY) LLP, to fund the Alison Dewar Scholarship in Equality, Labour and Human Rights law at the University of Ottawa.
In October, 2013, NAWL filed the amended Bylaws and Articles of Continuance approved at the 2012 AGM with the Federal Government.
In the spring of 2014, Pamela Cross and Julie Shugarman attended Gendered Dissent, Democracy and the Law: A workshop on the gendered face of Canada’s crackdown on dissent, at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. NAWL coordinated a joint proposal for the workshop with FAFIA and the Schlifer Clinic in Toronto, and presented together with Amanda Dale and Shelagh Day at a panel entitled Strategic Silencing: A case study on how federal government action has shut down feminist law reform advocacy work and on measures taken to fill the critical void.