#LawNeedsFeminismBecause National Forum in Halifax

The Pitch

Help #LawNeedsFeminismBecause host its third national forum in Halifax to create dialogue around why law needs feminism and how to reshape the legal profession.

The Highlights

  • The #LawNeedsFeminismBecause forum is an opportunity for students, lawyers and legal professionals to gather to discuss the importance of feminism in the legal system.
  • Your gift will help cover the cost of our keynote speakers, video documentation, and audiovisual support.

The Story

#LawNeedsFeminismBecause started in 2016 as a photo campaign of the McGill Law Feminist Collective. It soon evolved into the #LNFB movement, and has garnered traction and publicity in Canada ever since. #LNFB aims to amplify the voices of marginalized groups who have historically been excluded from the workings of the law, particularly those who are racialized, Indigenous, queer, trans, intersex, non-binary, and/or disabled.

This year, University of New Brunswick and Dalhousie University are co-hosting the #LawNeedsFeminismBecause (#LNFB) forum in Halifax on February 23, 2019. Themed around Grassroots Movements, the forum will examine how localized movements have made a significant impact on equality in the justice system, and recognize trailblazers who changed the system in spite of significant barriers. This year, we hope to also welcome social workers, paralegals, court workers and other people involved in the justice system. By bringing the forum to the east coast, our hope is to increase our momentum throughout Atlantic Canada and across the country.

This year, Honourable Justice Anne Derrick of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal will be our Keynote speaker. After graduation from Dalhousie Law School and joining the Nova Scotia Bar, Justice Anne Derrick co-founded a feminist all-women’s law firm in 1984. During her 24 years in practice Justice Derrick concentrated on public interest and equality litigation, criminal law, including criminal defence work, and social justice advocacy.Justice Derrick was involved in high profile cases, for example, as counsel to Dr. Henry Morgentaler, as one of Donald Marshall Jr.’s lawyers at the Royal Commission examining his wrongful conviction, and as counsel for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies at the Arbour Inquiry into Certain Events at the Prison for Women. She was also privileged to represent less visible clients, such as women in the sex trade and survivors of historic sexual and physical abuse at youth institutions in Nova Scotia.There will also be a ton of other great speakers and workshop hostess like the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), a feminist organization that promotes equal rights for Canadian women through legal education, research and law reform advocacy. Students attending the forum will have the opportunity to participate in a writing workshop organized by NAWL

With your help, we can ensure the 2019 #LawNeedsFeminismBecause forum continues the conversation of the importance of feminism in law. For more information, visit us online at https://www.lawneedsfeminismbecause.ca/.

Meet the Project Team: 
Souhila Baba
  • I am in my third year of law school at McGill University. I also have a B.Sc. in Psychology from Concordia University
  • I have been involved with LNFB since its inception in 2016 at McGill’s faculty of law. This year’s project is to organize our national forum in Halifax and to send students from the Montreal universities to attend it. In this project, I am the logistics lead for the National Team and the coordinator for the McGill chapter of LNFB.
  • I often go on impromptu flights with my sister (she is a flight attendant). So sometimes I wake-up in Montreal and fall asleep across the world.
Amélie Racine
  • I am in my first year of law school at McGill University.
  • I am one of the fundraising and stewardship co-lead on the National Executive.
  • My favorite sport is surfing, it is the activity that makes me think about nothing else.
Eva van Blokland
  • Eva is in her third-year of the combined B.C.L./LL.B. program at the Faculty of Law at McGill University.
  • Assists with the moving parts of the national LNFB organization. This includes the planning of the Annual Forum, the photo campaigns from across Canada, managing partnerships with other organizations, etc. Oversees all moving parts of the organization based at McGill. This includes the annual photo campaign, alumni events, organizing the conference in Montreal in 2017, overseeing finances, interacting with media, communicating progress with Dean law, etc.
  • Eva just came back from an adventure in India and is having trouble adjusting to the cold again.
Meghan Cavanagh
  • I am in my first year of law school at McGill.  
  • I am a fundraising co-lead with the McGill chapter of LNFB.
  • I am obsessed with Christmas!!