Sonia Lawrence

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Professor Sonia Lawrence joined Osgoode’s faculty in 2001. She graduated from the University of Toronto’s joint LLB/MSW program, went on to serve as law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada, and pursued graduate work at Yale Law School. Her work centers on the critical analysis of legal conception of equality. She teaches constitutional law and equality-related courses and seminars. She is currently serving as the Director of Osgoode’s Graduate Program and the Director of the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies.

Research Interests: Public Law, Gender, Race, Critical Race Feminism, Feminism, Equality Law, Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Graduate Research Supervision (LLM, PhD): Professor Lawrence is currently holding a grant that considers issues of professionalization & identity in the lives of Indigenous lawyers in Canada, and would be particularly interested in candidates with related projects. She also works on Canadian constitutional law, particularly although not exclusively in relation to section 15 equality rights, the relationship between law & social change, and bringing anti-racist feminism to law and legal inquiry.

Professor Lawrence is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed, and comment on interest in supervision prior to submission of an official application.