By example quality professional advocacy and events, we help our members:
• Grow their business;
• Access connections and peer support;
• Prepare for an ever changing legal environment; and
• Celebrate the uniqueness of the Hispanic & Latin American legal community.
The Canadian Hispanic Bar Association (“CHBA”) has partnered with University ofOttawa Faculty of Law students to establish a uOttawa Chapter of the CHBA (“CHBA uOttawa”).
CHBA uOttawa has two initial objectives. First, CHBAuOttawa will strive to serve the needs of Hispanic and Latin American/Latinx-identifyingstudents at the Faculty of Law through relationship building, networking, andmentoring. Second, the executive members of CHBA uOttawa and CHBA will collaborateon a national outreach strategy to identify and connect with Hispanic and LatinAmerican/Latinx-identifying law school students across Canada.
CHBA and CHBA uOttawa are aware of several existingHispanic and Latin American/Latinx law school associations and individuals acrossCanada. Our national outreach strategy will seek to build a rapport with theseassociations and individuals, and consolidate efforts in order to work with thelegal community, promoting diversity, self-identification and a greater senseof community and advocacy for Hispanic and Latin American/Latinx-identifyinglaw school students and professionals.
CHBA and CHBA uOttawa have developed severalinitiatives, including:
- a law school student mentorship program that will pair 1L students with upper-year students;
- a kickoff networking event inOctober 2021 which will be targeted towards Hispanic and Latin American/Latinx-Identifyinglaw school students;
- the creation of content forthe “student corner” page in CHBA’s official website to promote CHBA uOttawaand provide a broader range of resources to students; and
- planning of future events tocontinue engagement with Hispanic and Latin American/Latinx-Identifying lawschool students across Canada.
We are excited to be starting this new initiative.Current and future Hispanic and Latin American/Latinx-Identifying law schoolstudents are the future of the CHBA and will ensure the organization’s growth.Their support is imperative to both the enhancement of diversity in the legalcommunity and continued member engagement in our organization.
Learn with Lerners Bursary & Mentorship Program
Lerners believes that diversity and equitable opportunity in the legal services industry is integral to providing effective legal representation. That is they launched the Learn with Lerners Bursary & Mentorship Program as part of their efforts to help address the systemic barriers experienced early on by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in the legal services industry.
The program is designed to assist BIPOC students financially in their first year of post-secondary education by awarding a $5,000.00 bursary in addition to 12 months of invaluable mentorship with a Lerners lawyer.
Effective immediately, they are accepting applications online through their website. For more details on this program and to submit applications,
please go to https://www.lerners.ca/diversity-inclusion/bursary-program. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on October 7th, 2021.
Students who graduated high school and have been admitted to a first-year program at an Ontario college or university in September 2021 are eligible for the Learn with Lerners Bursary & Mentorship Program. Eligible candidates must:
The recipient of the Learn with Lerners Bursary & Mentorship Program will be announced in early November.
You can also help spread the word by re-posting our various links to the Program on your social media channels:
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24 June 2021
There cannot be an apology withoutaction. Words are not enough.
For approximately 150 years, over 150,000Indigenous children were sent to 139 residential schools across the country.They were removed from their families and their communities so they would be “assimilated.” The consequencesof this decision continueto negatively impact our Indigenous brothers and sisters to date.
Last month, May 2021, the Tk'emlúps teSecwépemc First Nation announced the discovery of unmarked burials sites of 215children's remains near former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, B.C.
This month, June 2021, Cowessess FirstNation has announced the discovery of 751 unmarked graves near former MarievalIndian Residential School in Saskatchewan.
Let these tragic discoveriesserve as impetus to do better as a country. WE MUST DO BETTER.
Where do we start? It starts individuallywith each of us. We must:
Lets learn about our real history as acountry. Research and study about our Indigenous Peoples. It is our duty tolearn so we can better understand our Indigenous communities. We must activelywork towards ensuring this tragedy never happens again.
We can pay our respect to our Indigenousbrothers and sisters by celebrating them, especially during Canada Day. We muststand by them. Our beloved flag must be flownat half-mast.
We can support our Indigenous communitiesby providing them the tools and resources they need at work, at school. Theymust have equality of opportunity.
Our actions today will define what kindof Canada we will be tomorrow.
Canadian Hispanic BarAssociation.