For years, the legal profession turned a blind eye to the reality that racialized lawyers experience challenges that are different than those of non-racialized licensees — but the prevalence of these unique hurdles has finally become an accepted fact, Toronto-area personal injury lawyer Darryl Singer writes in The Lawyer’s Daily.
Racialized lawyers are more likely to come from moderate or meagre socioeconomic circumstances; are more likely to struggle with the excessively high cost of law school tuition; and are more likely to start their careers in debt. In addition, according to the report, racialized lawyers, may find it more difficult to secure articling positions.
“As lawyers, we would never allow a court to do to our clients what the law society is doing to its own members. It just defies logic. That test is simply too easy,” says Darryl Singer, a lawyer who defends practitioners in discipline proceedings.