Identifying racism at every stage of the process
(Original Live Webinar Date: June 2, 2021)
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Who should attend: everyone interested in improving the criminal justice system; criminal law practitioners, judges, Crown, and defence lawyers at all levels of experience; all lawyers and others interested in addressing systemic racism in law enforcement and the BC criminal justice system
Learning level: All levels
Systemic racism is deeply embedded in civil society and in our governing structures. It affects every stage of the criminal justice system and contributes to the persistent over-representation of racially diverse communities from initial contact on through court processes and decisions. Beyond systemic issues, unconscious bias and micro-aggressions also influence outcomes and impact the experience of members of the BIPOC community as they interact with the criminal justice system.
At this course we will walk through where, when and how systemic racism, unconscious and conscious bias, micro-aggressions, and white privilege exist at each stage of the criminal justice system—from policing to charge assessment, in the bail process, in trials, and at sentencing. We will explore how this impacts decisions and proceedings and the ways we can interrupt negative outcomes.
This course is being offered at no cost to welcome both the legal, judicial and the wider community to participate. Join us to gain a better understanding of the issues and challenges surrounding racism and criminal law, and to learn how you can do your part to improve the criminal justice system in BC.
Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 6.5 hours (this course will include a minimum of 6.5 hours pertaining to professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management). Please note: The CPD hours of the rebroadcast will either meet or exceed the CPD hours of the original live webinar course.
Halie Kwanxwa'loga Bruce — Cedar and Sage LLP, Cultus Lake
Nadia K. Farinelli — Crown Counsel, Ministry of Attorney General, Vancouver
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