want to be A NATIONAL EXECUTIVE CO-LEAD?
LAW NEEDS FEMINISM BECAUSE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE APPLICATION
We are so excited to announce that we are recruiting co-leads for nine committees which will compose the new Law Needs Feminism Because National Executive.
Although the initiative has largely been spearheaded by a core group of people from McGill Law to date, moving forward, the goal is for the Law Needs Feminism Because initiative to develop a National Executive to be governed by a non-hierarchical collective of nine committees, with each committee directing a discreet area of the initiative and holding one vote on organizational decisions (totalling nine votes).
This call for recruitment is for the positions of the two co-leads who will represent each committee on a monthly UberConference call, where these decisions will be made. This call is also for two other non-voting executive committees. Once these roles are solidified, we anticipate another round of recruitment to give folks an opportunity to support the work of each of these committees and engage with the LNFB National Executive.
As we move through this process, our goal is to have each committee be co-lead by two people from different schools and faculties across Canada, with of the two identifying with a historically oppressed group in Canadian society.
This will make for a rad collective totalling twenty (+/-) people.
We have given priority to the McGill Law folks who have put in many sleepless nights to this initiative, meaning some of these roles have already been taken. But we hope to continue to value the work put in by all the inspiring people who have grown this initiative. So although this is an open-call, please know that the time already invested in the initiative will be given primary consideration throughout the selection process.
The voting positions are as follows, with the number in brackets indicating positions available:
 COMMUNICATION CO-LEADS (2)
 EDUCATION, ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS CO-LEADS (1)*
 FINANCE CO-LEADS (1)*
 FUNDRAISING AND STEWARDSHIP CO-LEADS (2)
 MEDIA AND ENGAGEMENT CO-LEADS (2)
 NATIONAL FORUM CO-LEADS*
 OUTREACH AND CONTENT DEVELOPMENT CO-LEADS (1)*
 PHOTO & STORY CAMPAIGN CO-LEADS (1)*
 RESEARCH CO-LEADS (1)*
The non-voting positions are as follows:
LOGISTICS CO-LEADS (NON-VOTING) (OPEN CALL)
CONSTITUTION-DRAFTING/OMBUDSPERSON CO-LEADS (NON-VOTING) (OPEN CALL)*
*As we’ve given priority to the McGill Law folks who have put in many sleepless nights to this initiative, the following McGill Law people have taken on the following roles: Romita Sur (3L, McGill Law) will be co-leading the Educational Outreach Committee; Karine Bedard (3L, McGill Law) will be co-leading the Event and Content Development Committee; Rachel Kohut (4L, McGill Law) will be co-leading the Photo & Story Committee; Jo Murray (Doctoral Student, McGill Law) will be co-leading the Research Committee; Aliah El-Houni (4L, McGill Law) will be co-leading the Constitution Drafting & Ombudsperson Committee. Given the need to start organizing next year’s national forum, Zaynab Al-waadh (3L, uOttawa Common Law) and Chiara Kavakas (3L, uOttawa Civil Law) have also already been co-leading the National Forum Committee. Next year, both of the National Forum co-lead positions will be open to the school selected to spearhead the forum the following year.
Are you eligible to apply?
You need to be a current student connected to law (including graduate students). This includes students who are not affiliated with a law faculty but are in related fields or conducting graduate or undergraduate studies that are tied to legal studies or legal profession. If you are currently an articling student, unfortunately you are ineligible to apply.
the Selection Process
You are probably wondering how we will select this awesome group of people. We (the McGill Law group who has spearheaded the initiative thus far) are going to sit in a room for a whole day (yap, a whole day) and work to make sure this initiative is diverse, inclusive and intersectional. We commit to have one co-lead on each committee from a historically oppressed group, and will work to ensure diversity across identities and geographies throughout the selection process.
Throughout the selection process, we will also work to prioritize the voices of racialized, indigenous, queer, trans, intersex, disabled and disadvantaged women, as well as other marginalized groups, who have historically been excluded from the workings of law.
For the positions of media and engagement and communication co-leads, we will also place an emphasis on bilingualism (French/English). Nous allons mettre en priorité l'engagement des étudiants provenant d'universités francophones (Sherbrooke, UQAM, UdeM, Laval, l'Université de Moncton et l'Université d’Ottawa).
We know this will be a tricky endeavour, so we are currently recruiting three other external people to help us through the selection process. These three people are ideally legal professionals who are already familiar with the initiative, and who can help us navigate this exciting new chapter for LNFB.
What should you expect by being a committee co-lead?
By co-leading a committee, you would be committing to a monthly meeting with the other committee co-leads via UberConference. Monthly calls are crucial as this is when decisions will be made. An appropriate time to meet monthly will be decided upon amongst the co-leads via a Doodle. You and your co-lead would also be responsible for managing your committee through the channels used by LNFB (that is Slack / Google Drive).
It is anticipated that this will require a 10-hour/week commitment, with a more significant time commitment expected at certain points throughout the year (during International Women’s Week / the week of the 2018 national forum, for example). Co-leads will be responsible for directing and communicating with their teams via private channels such as Slack to move forward the initiatives and responsibilities of their committee.
Positions will be flexible and subject to reevaluation in May 2018, after the end of the academic year. In other words, for this upcoming year, this is roughly an eight-month commitment, with the goal that this collective will work towards establishing the most equitable, efficient and representative process for governing the initiative which will be included in our Constitution (which will be drafted by the Constitution Drafting and Ombudsperson Committee and adopted on a vote by both the LNFB National Executive and members of local chapters as a whole).
Thanks so much for your interest in a co-lead position with the LNFB National Executive!
We look forward to reading through your application, and the possibility of working together to continue growing the initiative.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE NOVEMBER 1st, 11:59 P.M. EST.