Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice

2019 Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Where: DLA Piper Hall, Rm 104

Lecture: What we talk about when we talk about rights: infinite loops and uncertain futures for feminist legal strategies

Speaker: Professor Sonia Lawrence, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University


Professor Sonia Lawrence

Professor Sonia Lawrence joined the Osgoode Hall faculty in 2001. She graduated from the University of Toronto's joint LLB/MSW program, went on to serve as law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada, and pursued graduate work at Yale Law School. One of Canada’s leading scholars of critical race feminism in law, Professor Lawrence’s work centers on the critical analysis of legal conception of equality. She teaches constitutional law and equality-related courses and seminars. She is currently serving as the Director of Osgoode's Graduate Program and the Director of the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies.

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The Marlee Kline Social Justice Lecture honours the memory of Marlee Gayle Kline. This lectureship not only recognizes Marlee's rich contribution to the law school community but also reflects her belief in the central role social justice concerns must play in legal education and law.

Professor Kline died in 2001 after a lengthy and determined struggle with leukemia. Her work on feminist legal theory and critical race theory, child welfare law and policy, law's continued colonialism, and restructuring of the social welfare state is internationally acclaimed.

The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies is pleased to present the annual Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice each Fall and to award the Marlee Kline Essay Prize to a deserving student (or students) each academic year. Marlee's library, which contains many volumes on the intersection of class, race and gender in the legal arena, is housed at the Centre.

Previous Marlee Kline Lectures Include (see blog for full list and information on upcoming lectures):

Kim Pate : “The Terrible Truth about Canadian Crime: No Justice for Indigenous Women”

Coleen Flood : “The Poverty of Health Human Rights in Canada”

Bonnie Sherr Klein : “I Am Who You Are”

Jean Teillet : “The Métis of the Northwest: Finding Justice for Invisible People”

Hester Lessard : “Jurisdictional Justice and the ‘Dream of Democracy’: Missing Voices in the Struggle for Insite”

Ruthann Robson : “UnSettled” – this presentation explores the links and dissonances amongst five colonial/post-colonial societies