Christie Blatchford: The wrong kind of justice warriors at Canada’s law schools

No law school in the country may be more frank about producing social justice warriors than the University of Victoria, where Dean Jeremy Webber says in his welcoming message the following: “…this faculty has prided itself on its commitment to social justice.

“That’s an elusive aim, one that everyone claims to pursue. At UVic, it means all members of faculty accept that legal education ought to speak to all members of society, including those who are marginalized.

“Our focus on Indigenous legal traditions, for example, has been second to none.

“Different faculty members define their particular focus differently, but all share the general objective…”

Aside from the unsettling suggestion that all the law professors at UVic think the same (surely an odd bragging point) or at least agree on the larger goals – this after all is not so different from the Law Society of Ontario’s insistence that its members acknowledge their obligation to promote progressive values — Webber has it pretty much right too.

With a few exceptions, Canada’s law schools are increasingly determined not to be left behind by other faculties, such as education studies and social work, where SJWs, as they’re often called, make no bones about being all about anti-racism, gender equity and wholesale reform to the institutions of the country.

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That’s what social justice means, as Queen’s University law prof Bruce Pardy noted a couple of weeks ago in the National Post.

He was writing about the verdict in the Colten Boushie case and the University of Windsor’s law school statement about it, in which the school pronounced the legal system as oppressive and said “a reinvention of our legal system …read more

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