July 17, 2020

Why are there still so few Black lawyers on Bay Street?

Shara N. Roy was interviewed for the Globe and Mail article "Why are there still so few Black lawyers on Bay Street?" As partner and co-head of the firm's student program, Shara spoke about the firm's decision to implement résumé anonymization.

 

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Lenczner Slaght, a litigation-focused boutique, was the first Canadian firm to implement anonymized résumé review, in 2018. Shara Roy, a partner and co-head of the firm’s student program, says the evidence so far is anecdotal, but in the first year, they hired 11 students, nine of whom were women and six of whom self-identified as racialized. Last year, the firm hired eight female students, three of whom were racialized. So far, none of the largest Bay Street firms said they have taken steps to make résumé review anonymous.