BA, MSW, LLB (Toronto), LLM (Yale)
Professor Sonia Lawrence joined Osgoode’s faculty in 2001. She graduated from the University of Toronto's joint LLB/MSW program, and went on to serve as law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada. With the help of Fulbright and SSHRC Fellowships, she then attended Yale Law School where she focused on constitutional equality issues and welfare administration. Her work centers on questions of equality and includes examinations of the Supreme Court of Canada’s equality jurisprudence, the influence of feminism in Canadian law, sentencing regimes for 'drug mules,' diversity on the bench, and section 28 of the Charter. She is the Director of the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies. Professor Lawrence runs a blog for the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, on Twitter as @OsgoodeIFLS, and also hosts a small Tumblr to post items of possible interest to students in her State and Citizen class.
Research Interests: Public Law, Gender, Race, Critical Race Feminism, Feminism, Equality Law, Charter of Rights and Freedoms