Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL), is the voice of the civil defence bar in Canada. Diversity and Inclusion are core values at CDL. The organization embraces the benefits and contributions that the perspectives, backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences of a diverse membership provides. CDL encourages all defence organizations to promote diversity and inclusion in their membership and leadership, and the importance of CLE. This includes recognizing and meeting the needs of CDL Young Lawyers and Women lawyers.
These core values are best represented by the Bencher Good Governance Coalition (BGGC). The BGGC platform is publicly committed to a Law Society that includes representation from each of its many perspectives. Additionally, the BGGC believes Convocation must demonstrate leadership, professionalism and competency. These values align with the values of CDL – and the CDL board of directors whole-heartedly supports the message of the BGGC.
The importance of voting in the upcoming Bencher elections is paramount. Past election turnout has been very low; this year’s election has a broad range of candidates eager to represent your interests. As a self-regulated profession, you have an obligation to vote. Educate yourself on the candidates and be sure to have your say once voting opens.