Nova Scotia’s unique historical and social context has resulted in a legal profession acutely aware of issues involving equity and diversity.
These issues exist between lawyers, in lawyer-client relations, within legal services organizations, and during interactions with the justice system as a whole.
The reports and findings listed here provide a foundational understanding of our history and context, and it is through these texts that we can recognize both how far we have come and how far we still need to go.
- BLAC Report on Education: Redressing Inequity - Empowering Black Learners
Black Learners Advisory Committee (BLAC), 1994
- Employment Equity in the Legal Profession in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2012
- Equality in Employment: A Royal Commission Report. General Summary
Published in Canadian Woman Studies (1984) Vol. 6, no. 4, p 5-7.
- Fostering Employment Equity and Diversity in the Nova Scotia Legal Profession
Nova Scotia Barristers' Society. Employment Equity Guidelines Committee, August 2000
- Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society -- Practicing Law: Minority Groups: final report
Nova Scotia Barristers Society. Race Relations Committee, June 2008
- Report of the Commission on Equality in Employment
Rosalie Silberman Abella, October 1984
This report is separated into four electronic documents: the table of contents, Part I - The Case for Equality, Part 2 - Implementing Equality and appendices and a selected bibliography. This is a historical publication that was digitized by the Privy Council Office of Canada in 2008.
- Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr., Prosecution : digest of finding and recommendations
Nova Scotia. Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr., Prosecution, December 1989
This is a digest of the Commissioner' findings and recommendations. The Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall, Jr., Prosecution is a seven-volume report, which is available in the Barristers' Library.
- Touchstones for Change : Equality, Diversity and Accountability
Canadian Bar Association. Task Force on Gender Equality in the Legal Profession, 1993
This report, as well as its appendices, is available in the Barristers' Library.