seneca college

In March 2017, 11 students from the Paralegal, Law Clerk, and Court and Tribunal Administration programs at Seneca College joined the #LawNeedsFeminismBecause campaign with a photo shoot organized by members of the Legal Studies Students Association (LSSA). As aspiring legal professionals, we were all very excited to add our voices to this vibrant and challenging conversation. Photography and graphic design by fellow student, Erin Riley (fotographer.ca). Organized by Nao Hoshi & Abby Haennel.

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This special photo campaign is a collaboration between McGill's Law Needs Feminism Because Chapter and Healthy Legal Minds : Juristes en santé. The campaign aims to draw attention to the issue of access to mental health and wellness (or lack thereof) as a law student or lawyer. Unlike in past years, it will not be photographing faces — instead, it will be capturing hands representing a connection to mental health. Photography by Ana Lucía Lobos.

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dalhousie's first photo campaign

Dalhousie held several photoshoots to curate this beautiful gallery of portraits. During the first afternoon shoot, they managed to get 37 portraits. In the same week, the group organized to take photos in a board room at Stewart McKelvey. Some people even wanted group photos, which the group encouraged as they wanted everyone to feel comfortable engaging with the project. There was widespread consensus about how great this initiative is, as it forces those involved to think about why law needs feminism, which is a useful and interesting exercise. They look forward to doing it again – and bigger and better – next year! Thanks to Melanie Anderson for organizing, Justin Abrioux for the photography and graphic design, Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association for sponsoring, Schulich Law Communications Team for promoting and also Jenn Taylor for taking some photos at at Stewart McKelvey.

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dalhousie's second photo campaign

This year, Dalhousie’s portraits come from three locations. Katherine Nakaska brought her talents to the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service on January 31 and the Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law on February 6 to capture the bulk of the photos. With the coordination and support of lawyers Jenn Taylor and Sheree Conlon, law clerk Ria Guidone captured the remaining photos of legal professionals at a local firm, Stewart McKelvey.

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mcgill coffeehouse

In the weeks leading up to our first national forum, a group of McGill Law students and LNFB organizers came together to host a fundraiser during McGill Law’s weekly coffeehouse. Roughly one hundred people came out to show their support. Photography by Nadia Zheng & design by Melissa Palermo.

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osgoode's first photo campaign

A small but energetic group of students, staff and faculty got together on a sunny morning in late January to put our #lawneedsfeminismbecause campaign together. We are excited to be a part of this initiative and are also looking forward to seeing how it will grow and change in order to be more representative of a multiplicity of feminisms in the future! Many thanks to the Osgoode Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, Professor Sonia Lawrence, the Osgoode Feminist Collective, Ron Cohen Mann for the photography and Parisa Mirshahi for the graphic design.

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university of victoria

UVic held a photoshoot/movie-montage-dance-party to curate this gallery of portraits on January 24th, 2017. Debbie Preston (Deb Jo) took all of the photos and did the editing work. Natasha John carefully matched each caption to it's photo. Amidst the discrimination that seems to be widely infiltrating our world, and in the same week as the Women's March, UVic students and faculty gathered to discuss why the law needs feminism. Co-Leads: Brooke Haberstock (Brooke Elizabeth) and Emma Waterman Photographer and Designer: Debbie Preston (Deb Jo) Designer: Natasha John Fashion Consultant: Ga Grant Lovely Assistants: Alex Marr, Leila Geggie Hurst, Bianca Masalin-Basi, Samuæl Jonathan and Kimberly Francisco. Special Thanks to the UVic Feminist Law Club for it's collective support for and excitement about this initiative.

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In 2016, Vanita Sachdeva and Rachel Kohut of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law co-organized a second photo campaign. For this new iteration, it was decided that neither law nor feminism would be defined—Vanita and Rachel left that up to participants. During the photoshoot, photographer Whitney Lewis-Smith also spent time with participants to make sure the expression in their portraits spoke to their captions, which many participants spent hours drafting in the hallway. She also intentionally used natural lighting and a white wall in one of the hallways of the faculty as a background. Log Creative Bureau (now Huot & Vallentin) came up with the idea of using handwritten captions to add tactility to the campaign, and thoughtfully chose Mrs. Eaves, a feminist-inspired typeface, for the hashtag. Within days of its launch, CBC caught wind of the campaign, a dozen other schools joined the initiative by organizing their own photo campaigns, and the idea of a national forum was born.

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first feminist collective of mcgill law campaign

In March 2014, Aishah Nofal and Amanda Ghahremani of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law launched McGill Law’s first feminist photo campaign. Unlike Law Needs Feminism Because, this campaign used the prompt: “I am a Feminist and I am […]” to challenge the idea of what it means to identify as a feminist. For this reason, we were so thrilled when Amanda Ghahremani opened our 2017 national forum as a keynote speaker and subsequently hosted a workshop on her lessons learned from the #FREEHOMA campaign: her participation spoke to the growth of the Feminist Collective of McGill Law’s advocacy efforts and community over the years.

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