The Future is Now – Celebrating and Acknowledging the Transformative Work of Black Canadians and their Communities
Mark your calendars! New remote Zoom CPD – February 23, 2021 – 7 PM to 9 PM
As part of the 2021 OPA CPD Series, the Education Committee presents a remote live-streamed Zoom CPD:
The Ontario Paralegal Association is hosting its first-ever Black History Month CPD. Join our esteemed panel for an open-forum discussion centered around the LSO’s “Working together For Change: Strategies To Address Issues Of Racism In Legal Professions – Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group Final Report.
Topics include the value of diversity and inclusion, understanding power and privilege, unconscious bias and cultural homophily, the impact of daily verbal, behavioural, and environmental indignities, special responsibilities of lawyers and paralegals to respect the Human Rights Laws in force in Ontario, how to prevent and address discrimination and harassment, best practices for workplace diversity and inclusion, concepts and themes arising out of the Final Report of the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group and more.
Arlene HugginsPartner (Koskie Minskey LLP)
Caryma Sa’d, LLBLawyer and Notary, (SAadvocacy.com)
Caryma is a Toronto-based lawyer whose practice focuses on housing, criminal, and cannabis law. She represents landlords and tenants at the tribunal and court level. She is the executive director of NORML Canada, a national non-profit organization that aims to eliminate all civil and criminal penalties for private cannabis use. She is an instructor at Seneca College, where she developed the course “Cannabis Law and Ethics.”
An educator at heart, Caryma is frequently called upon by the media as a trusted source for their news stories. Her cases and legal commentary have been featured by reputable media outlets including Associated Press, BNN Bloomberg, CBC, Canadian Lawyer, CityNews Toronto, CP24, CTV, Global Toronto, Globe and Mail, Law Times, Toronto Star, and VICE News.
In December 2019, the Canadian Law Blog Awards recognized Caryma in the “Best Innovative Projects” category for demonstrating “creativity and outside-the-box thinking in a notoriously risk-averse profession.” Her award-winning Landlord & Tenant 101 Comic Series is also available in French, Spanish, German, and Russian.
Community engagement is an important part of Caryma’s approach to practicing law. She hosts monthly free legal information sessions to educate people about their rights and responsibilities. She is part of the Board of Advisors at Legal Line, a federal not-for-profit organization providing access to Canadian laws since 1993.
Caryma combines her passion for law, art, and politics by producing comics. She offers incisive commentary about current issues and events. Her collection can be viewed at carymarules.com
Deborah MoriahParalegal, Ontario Association of Black Paralegals (OABP)
Deborah is a Toronto-area paralegal and one of the founding members and directors of the Ontario Association of Black Paralegals (OABP). She was licensed by the Law Society of Ontario in 2016 and opened her practice in 2018. Deborah has worked in several areas of law including Immigration, Small Claims, Social Justice Tribunals (Human Rights, Social Benefits, Criminal Injuries Compensation) and Consumer Protection. She also holds a degree in Professional Writing and Communications Studies from York University.
In 2020, she organized a group of Black legal professionals to create OABP, an association committed to providing improved and increased access to justice to BIPOC Ontarians, helping Black legal professionals navigate systemic discrimination, and educating all legal professionals on the importance of recognizing, denouncing and combating systemic discrimination in the justice system.
Deborah was recommended by LSO and appointed by the Ministry of the Attorney General to the Legal Aid Ontario Board of Directors in 2021 for a two-year term.
Khaldah Salih, MACommunity Legal Worker, Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC)
Khaldah Salih is a Community Legal Worker at Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) and holds a MA from UBC in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.
Thesis: Institutionalised Activism and Politicised NGOs: The State’s Engagement with NGOs in Sudan … https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/24/items/1.0373093
She is from Sudan and grew up largely in the Diaspora. She is interested in humanitarian work, specifically in Sudan and in Africa generally, while also emphasizing and debating its ethics and boundaries. Khaldah contributes to studies and literature on oppression in Sudan, noting the lack of diversity in the knowledge that is available and accessible. Her research is focused on NGOs and political activism in Sudan, exploring the ways in which government policy and international donor funding have impacted the political landscape through NGOs. Broadly, Khaldah is interested in all issues related to Africa and the Middle East and specifically the role of changing global economies and politics on individuals and communities.