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Conversations with the President: The state of the profession, Ep 8: Mentorship, Sponsorship and Diversity

Vivene talks with Ruth Goba about mentorship and sponsorship and how they navigate the Canadian legal space as black women. 

Over the course of a career a lawyer can seek out a variety of mentors to provide a number of services – teacher, coach, advisor or confidante. It’s becoming clear that even more than mentors young lawyers – particularly those from equity-seeking groups – need sponsors, people in the upper tier of the firm who can make sure their work will get noticed, that they will be assigned to important files, and their names will rise to the top when it comes time to choose new partners.

Ruth Goba is a human rights lawyer and the Executive Director of the Black Legal Action centre which was established in 2018 with a mandate to fight anti-black racism in Ontario.

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