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Kerry Simmons

Message from the president

Answering the call for reconciliation

By Kerry Simmons December 8, 2017 8 December 2017

 

In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission published 94 calls to action. They included a call for lawyers and law students to learn and understand the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law and Aboriginal-Crown relations, and to develop their skills in inter-cultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights and anti-racism.

Two years later, how have lawyers and law students responded? Have you read the TRC Report, the executive summary, or the calls to action? Have you learned how the law was used to wrongly assimilate Indigenous Canadians? Have you attended a meeting or a training session to develop your cultural understanding of Indigenous peoples and their experiences? 

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Message from the president

The CBA is your passport to success

By Kerry Simmons September 15, 2017 15 September 2017

 

As a proud member of the CBA since law school, I, like so many others across the country, have found ways to use the CBA to become a better lawyer. For me, the CBA offered a place for me to organize local sections, build my referral network for my litigation practice, and receive and offer mentorship. These opportunities developed my communication and diplomacy skills and enhanced my reputation. I became a better lawyer.

As a mid-career lawyer, I use the CBA to work on law and policy reform, understand the issues facing the administrators of justice and constructively offer solutions on behalf of the profession. Thinking about the bigger picture ensures I keep up with legal developments and gives me more tools to help my clients achieve their goals.

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