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Celebrating Pride in the Legal Profession: A Panel Discussion on the Law and LGBTQI2+


Join us as we celebrate Calgary Pride Week with a lively webinar panel discussing Pride in the legal profession.

Hosted by local drag king Brad Diesel, the panel will feature members of the McLennan Ross team touching on important LGBTQI2+ topics and sharing personal insights into the experiences of LGBTQI2+ members in the legal profession.

We will conclude the webinar with a musical number from our gracious host. Throughout the panel, we will also be auctioning off dinner and drinks for two to Twisted Pride Pub in Calgary with all proceeds benefiting Calgary Pride.

Cori Bender, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist

Cori will begin the panel discussion by briefly exploring the bio-cultural elements that contribute to diverse gender and sexuality in our societies. This will be a foundation for a concise description of the historical challenges experienced by members of the LGBTQI2+ communities, intersectionality of gender, and the current opportunities to create space for diverse genders in our local context. This segment will conclude with some thoughts concerning what diversity means for law firms specifically.

Marika Cherkawsky, Associate

Marika will speak about how being out shaped her experiences as she navigated the recruitment and interview processes for securing an articling position.

Cesar Agudelo, Associate

From the onset, Cesar was out in the legal community, and he will speak to how the coming out experience shaped his decision to be visible and open about his sexuality in the legal community.

Marika and Cesar will also present a short history of the legal landmarks for LGBTQ+ rights and how they have influenced the legal landscape.

Cynthia Aoki, Partner

Cynthia has been navigating the legal profession as a queer woman of color. She will discuss how addressing LGBTQI2+ issues can help advance the legal community and practice – and also help influence and support the future generation of lawyers.

We hope you can join us!

Date: Thursday, September 3rd

Time: 04:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Cost: Voluntary donation to Calgary Pride

Click here to register.

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