The Diversity Committee is a standing subcommittee of the CCLA Membership Committee, tasked with identifying and determining the overall
approach that the CCLA should adopt to ensure it is inclusive of the
entire legal community that the CCLA serves.
The purpose of the CCLA Diversity Committee is to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion in the CCLA by enabling the values and principles of equality and equity in its organizational structure, policies, programs, and services.
To read the full mandate of the Diversity Committee, please click here.
Inclusive Language Guide
Please click here to read the CCLA Inclusive Language Guide prepared by the committee.
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These include but are not limited to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability or socio-economic status.
Diversity also encompasses areas of practice, models of practice, and years of practice.
It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and appreciating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within our legal community.
The term inclusion is used to describe the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity. Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. Inclusion requires the identification and removal of barriers that inhibit the diverse legal community's participation with, and contributions to, the CCLA. Inclusion puts the concept and practice of diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection within the CCLA.
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion are about capturing the uniqueness of the individual and about creating an environment within the CCLA that reflects the diversity of the Ottawa bar. It is an environment that values and respects individuals for their talents, skills and abilities to the benefit of the legal community and the communities we serve.
Committee members are available by phone or email to discuss matters pertaining to Diversity. You can learn more about the committee chairs and reach them by using the contact information below:
Marcia is an Estate litigator at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP. In her practice, Marcia combines her litigation work with her solicitor’s work by drafting Wills and preparing estate plans.
Marcia was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1996. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at McGill University. She completed her B. Soc. Sc. degree in Mathematics and Sociology at the University of Ottawa.
Marcia is the Past President of the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa and has co-taught the Elder Law course at the law faculty at the University of Ottawa. Besides the Diversity Committee, Marcia is also co-chair of the Six Minute Estates Lawyer Conference. She has also written numerous articles on the topic of civil litigation for the Ottawa Business Journal and on the topic of Wills and Estates for Fifty-Five Plus Magazine and for her firm’s Wills and Estate Law Blog.
Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich is a full time faculty member, and Program Director for the Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution program, at Carleton University, in the Department of Law and Legal Studies. Called to the Bar of Ontario in 2003, Dr. Bromwich still maintains a practice, serving as a per diem Crown Attorney and as LAO Duty Counsel in the family courts, also on a per diem basis.
Rebecca is also a mediator. A member of the Board of FDRIO, and a member of OAFM, she is also member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) and has a Certificate from the Program on Negotiation Master Class at Harvard University (2017). In 2018, Rebecca received a Certificate in Mediation from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
Rebecca received her Ph.D. in 2015 from the Carleton University Department of Law and Legal Studies, and was the first ever graduate of that program. Rebecca also has an LL.M. and LL.B., received from Queen’s University in 2002 and 2001 respectively, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati. She brings not just commitment but also experience to diversity and equality issues, having also worked for six years as Staff Lawyer, Law Reform and Equality, to the Canadian Bar Association.
Rebecca is a co-editor of Robson Hall Law School’s criminal law and justice blog: robsoncrim.com and is a research associate with the UK’s Restorative Justice for All Institute.
She lives in Ottawa with her husband and their four school-aged children.
Helpful Links and Resources
Members of the Diversity Committee at Pride Week, August 20, 2018.
Members of the Diversity Committee, Orange Shirt Day Initiative, September 29, 2017.