This is a difficult job we do, and it is easy to get caught up in the everyday problems of legal practice. It's hard to keep one eye on the bigger picture while you deal with difficult cases. There are days when you think it might be easier to do this work with the support of a big firm environment.
Some of you may know that a list of Toronto’s Most Beautiful Female Lawyers has been circulating around the Internet. I happened to be on that list, in addition to other colleagues I respect. Try to take a guess what my first thought was – it should have been something like this:
‘’… how horrible, how demeaning to me, what if my colleagues or Judges see this, this takes women back 100000 years!’’
But it wasn’t.
The Ghomeshi trial is all the rage right now in the criminal world, and rightly so. The case goes to the very heart of many issues that are commonly debated when discussing sexual assault. However, the issue mainly picked up by the media in this case is, “can we prove that consent was present at the time of the alleged assault given the complainant’s behavior following the incident?” More specifically, if the complainant “goes back” to the alleged perpetrator, is his/her credibility damaged to the point where they cannot be believed about the incident in question? Whether this is the case or not, it got me thinking about my own behaviour when I was met with workplace harassment and discrimination as a female lawyer.