Joint Professionalism Training

This year’s sessions will revolve around anti-bias work. 
Each session will be held remotely from 12:30 – 2:00 pm.

1L students will receive the Zoom link shortly before the session begins.

Note:  When you join the Zoom session, you will be placed in a waiting room.
You will be admitted
before each session starts.

Evaluations: Please send your response, with a cover sheet, to assignments.law@utoronto.ca

First evaluation essay assignment (due Monday, November 23, 2020)
Second evaluation essay assignment (due Friday, February 12 or Monday, February 22, 2021)
Third evaluation essay assignment (due Monday, March 1, 2021)

Monday, November 9, 2020:  Anti-Oppression
Time:  12:30 - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Yamikani Msosa

Yamikani Msosa (ze/hir/hirs) is a grassroots feminist, anti-violence, anti-racist organizer and equity consultant currently living in Toronto. Ze completed hir Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies at Carleton University. Yami has served as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres and has given trainings all over the country on issues related to sexual violence, LGBTQ Communities & Anti-Black Racism including for the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Labour, Status of Women, UN Committee on International Decade of People of African Descent, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 
 
Yamikani has been featured in Macleans Magazine, The Walrus, Chatelaine Magazine, NOW Toronto and CBC National for hir work. In 2015, Yami founded UBUNTU Consulting, which focuses on equity, anti-oppression, and inclusion training and organizational development for grassroots organizations and non-profit agencies. Ze has worked with Amnesty International, Greenpeace Canada, the City of Toronto, Peterborough Pride, Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, Ryerson University, Humber College Tools for Change, and more. In hir spare time, Yami teaches a five-week series for folks affected by sexual violence called SEEDS Yoga which they founded in 2017 and for QTBIPOC communities with Brown Girls Yoga Collective in Toronto.  You can learn more about hir work at yamimsosa.com.

Speaker: Samantha Peters

Samantha Peters (she/her/hers) is a lawyer, educator and consultant with a focus on labour, employment and human rights law. Samantha completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, her graduate studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and is an alumna of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law with specializations in Public Law and Dispute Resolution and Professionalism.
 
Samantha completed her articles of clerkship in a bilingual capacity at a national union in Ottawa, Ontario. Following the completion of her articles, Samantha took a hiatus from the practice of law to engage in work at the intersection of law, education and policy, ranging from law reform initiatives to legal education to legislative research including as an Education and Social Policy Researcher at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
 
Samantha is deeply committed to community and legal work related to racial justice, anti-violence and workers’ rights. In 2016, she co-created a one-year public legal education initiative funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario which put complex legislation into plain language, and began with Ontario’s carding regulations. Samantha’s writing on topics such as Ontario’s licensing process, judicial education, professional responsibility and access to justice has appeared in Huffington Post Canada, CBA/ABC’s National Magazine, the Ontario Bar Association’s JUST Magazine, NOW Toronto, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, ByBlacks, SLAW, Global News, and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Samantha has been appointed as the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law's inaugural Black Legal Mentor-in-Residence / Mentor Juridique pour la Communauté Noire.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020:  Anti-Black Racism in the Law and Legal Profession

Speakers: Samantha Peters and Yamikani Msosa (biographical statements above)

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Time:  1:00 - 2:00 pm

Readings:
R v Jackson (Nakatsuru)
R v Morris
R v Morris (Appendix A) 

Speaker: Justice Shaun Nakatsuru, Superior Court of Justice.

Justice Shaun Nakatsuru Superior Court of Justice, graduate of the University of Toronto Law School and called to the bar in 1988. Has experience, both in the private sector and in government. Has practised in criminal and public law as a defence lawyer, as a regulatory prosecutor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and as a constitutional/human rights lawyer for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Has argued cases at all levels of court including a number of cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. Appointed in 2017 to the Superior Court of Justice. Has taught Advanced Criminal Law at the University of Toronto Law School and Trial Advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School.  Publications include a text An Introduction to Criminal Law 4 th Ed., Carswell, Thompson Professional Publishing, Toronto, 2000 and Review of A Theory of the Trial, (2000), 50 University of Toronto Law Journal, 363.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021:  Critical Race Theory: Racism in Society and the Justice Sector

CRT Slides: Participants copy

Speaker:  Jodie Glean, Director, Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office at U of T.

Jodie Glean-Mitchell has dedicated her career to developing educational programming in the field of antiracism, equity and inclusion.  In 2011, Jodie attained her Masters of Arts in Educational Studies from Concordia University. Her graduate thesis is entitled, ‘Where is my History?’ – An Examination of the Representation of African-Canadians in the Montreal high school history textbooks, Panoramas volumes 1 & 2. Presently, Jodie is completing her PhD degree in Education at York University focusing on the relationship of equity policies and equity offices in the narrative of student success.
 
Jodie brings more than seven years of experience in the field of equity and inclusion and advancing discussions on antiracism efforts in organizations. Currently, Jodie is the Director of the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office at the University of Toronto. In 2017, Jodie was the recipient of the Leadership in Learning Award from Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education. In 2020, Jodie was awarded the Harry Jerome Diversity Award by the Black Business Professional Association.
 
Jodie established REACTCanada – Race Equity Advisory Consulting & Training – in September 2016. Having facilitated over 500 education sessions on human rights, antiracism, implicit bias, microaggressions and accessibility, Jodie is able to capture audiences and engage in difficult yet necessary dialogue to support the development of inclusive practices in learning and working environments.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021:  Self-Care as a Professional Practice Skill 

Handout: JPT Wellness Circle 

Speaker:  Terry Gardiner, Student Mental Health and Wellness Program Manager, Faculty of Law

Speaker:  Kim Snell, Director, Student Programs, Faculty of Law

Note: Students may benefit from reading the Law Society of Ontario's personal management section of the Practice Management Guidelines.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021: Trauma Informed Lawyering

Speaker: Myrna McCallum

Myrna McCallum is the host of "The Trauma-Informed Lawyer" Podcast which serves to educate on trauma-informed lawyering, cultural humility, vicarious trauma, vicarious resilience, and Indigenous intergenerational trauma. Myrna also educates through keynotes, training sessions, and lunch and learn lectures. She offers one-on-one customized trauma-informed advocacy coaching sessions for legal professionals and organizational leaders. Myrna serves as a subject matter expert and consultant on trauma-informed lawyering, workplace investigations, adjudications, and policy development for several organizations. She is the first recipient of the Federal Department of Justice’s Excellence in Legal Practice and Victim Support Award.

Note:  Students should listen to one or two episodes of the Podcast before the session.