‘You don’t look like a lawyer.’ Female lawyers and lawyers of colour angered by mistaken identity in court

From The Hamilton Spector  authored by Jacques Gallant:

“During the early years of her career, Lori Anne Thomas would sit near the front of the courtroom, only to be told to move by court staff as the area was reserved for lawyers.

Except she is one.

“I’ve heard more than enough times, ‘You don’t look like a lawyer.’ I know exactly what that means, which is that I’m not a tall, white man,” said Thomas, a Toronto lawyer who specializes in criminal law and who recently became president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.”

Share this:

Leave a Reply