"My Experience" Project

During the Fall of 2020, the Law Society’s “My Experience” Project invited lawyers and students to share their stories where racial discrimination or stereotyping impacted their legal career.

The experiences shared by participants are concerning and paint a disappointing picture of how discrimination and harassment continue to impact Alberta lawyers and students. Participants have consented to let us share their experiences and we will be gradually releasing the experiences through weekly eBulletins. We want each experience to be shared in the way the participants intended and we want to keep the conversation going.

When reading these experiences, you may experience different emotions or reactions. We encourage you to use the self-reflection questions to better understand your own feelings and instances where you have faced, witnessed or even contributed to similar experiences. We know that reviewing these stories can be uncomfortable or stressful; if you need to talk to someone or need support, we encourage you to reach out to the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist).

You can contemplate the self-reflection questions on your own or submit them below. By anonymously submitting your self-reflections to the Law Society, you are providing helpful information to further guide our work.

If you have a similar experience to share, we are also re-opening the “My Experience” Project for further submissions. We hope the experiences already courageously shared, empower others to come forward and allow us to continue learning. Share your experience here.

During the Fall of 2020, the Law Society’s “My Experience” Project invited lawyers and students to share their stories where racial discrimination or stereotyping impacted their legal career.

The experiences shared by participants are concerning and paint a disappointing picture of how discrimination and harassment continue to impact Alberta lawyers and students. Participants have consented to let us share their experiences and we will be gradually releasing the experiences through weekly eBulletins. We want each experience to be shared in the way the participants intended and we want to keep the conversation going.

When reading these experiences, you may experience different emotions or reactions. We encourage you to use the self-reflection questions to better understand your own feelings and instances where you have faced, witnessed or even contributed to similar experiences. We know that reviewing these stories can be uncomfortable or stressful; if you need to talk to someone or need support, we encourage you to reach out to the Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist).

You can contemplate the self-reflection questions on your own or submit them below. By anonymously submitting your self-reflections to the Law Society, you are providing helpful information to further guide our work.

If you have a similar experience to share, we are also re-opening the “My Experience” Project for further submissions. We hope the experiences already courageously shared, empower others to come forward and allow us to continue learning. Share your experience here.