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Feminist Futures in Law

Date & time
Monday, January 29, 2024
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free



J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


Join us for this panel discussion organized for and by students, with a passion for social justice and are interested in a career in law. This discussion will platform intersectional voices on reconciling feminist, anti-racist, and decolonial perspectives with legal practice.

In addition to participating in conversations on contending with and challenging the dominant perspectives through which the field of law is practiced, participants will leave the talk having acquired further support resources, forged connections with other professionals in their desired field, as well as gained a clearer picture of their path ahead needed to thrive.

How can you participate? Join us in person or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.

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Laura Cárdenas (she/her)

In addition to her general practice in civil and commercial litigation, Laura actively works on class actions, estates, employment, and constitutional law matters. As part of her practice, Laura represents both individuals and institutional clients. Laura has appeared before all levels of court in Quebec and has argued at the Supreme Court of Canada. Laura also has experience, publishes, and gives conferences in the areas of family and Charter law, with a specific focus on discrimination and LGBTQ+ communities.

Laura joined IMK in 2021, after articling and practicing as a litigator with an international firm and serving as a law clerk for the Honourable Justice Sheilah L. Martin at the Supreme Court of Canada. During the course of her studies, Laura was the Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Law Journal. She has received multiple awards for her legal articles and her involvement in faculty life.

Lex Gill (she/her)

Lex Gill is a Montreal-based lawyer with a practice rooted in a commitment to social, environmental, and economic justice. She works at Trudel Johnston & Lespérance, a law firm known for class actions and public interest litigation, and is a former clerk to Chief Justice Richard Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada.

In addition to her practice, Lex teaches an upper year public law seminar at McGill University’s Faculty of Law and serves as a fellow at the Citizen Lab, where she contributes on issues of freedom of expression, human rights, and emerging technologies. Lex graduated from McGill’s Faculty of Law, is a Concordia University alumna, and is a member of both the Law Society of Ontario and the Barreau du Québec.

Nancy R. Tapias Torrado (she/her)

Nancy R. Tapias Torrado is the Social Justice Centre’s 2023-24 Barry Pashak postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University (Canada). Nancy is a doctor in sociology (U. Oxford) and a human rights lawyer (U. Essex, U. Javeriana). She is also a Visiting Fellow at McGill’s CHRLP and a former Postdoctoral Fellow at UQAM. Nancy has dedicated her life to working with and for neglected communities and human rights defenders at risk in the Americas, mainly Indigenous women leaders in the Abya Yala and Turtle Island.

This event is sponsored by CCSL, Sustainability Action Fund, and ASFA's Dean's Special Initiative Fund.
Organized by Melissa Spiridigliozzi, Oona Dillon-Poirier, Emily Whitford, Donatha Uwase, and Sophie Mattie.

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