Dalhousie Law Journal


equality, gender, Canadian Bar, task force, report, legal profession, women


The Canadian Bar Association's Gender Equality Task Force Report sets out to challenge the traditions of a male model of the legal profession. The title of the Report, Touchstones for Change: Equality, Diversity, and Accountability, announces the challenge. Although in a formal sense the legal profession has been open to women since well before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council acknowledged women's eligibility to be Senators, the sad truth is that, in many respects, the legal profession is still not a welcoming environment to women. While women are entering the profession in greater numbers than ever before, they are also leaving the profession at a disproportionate rate. That is probably the most compelling single piece of evidence that the profession has a problem.