In his role as Bâtonnier, Mtre Mitchell will highlight the importance of creating a truly inclusive Barreau, in an attempt to meet the needs of the multifaceted landscape that is the legal community of Montreal.
The idea of a Barreau Inclusif requires a rigorous and thoughtful analyses of the diversity that encompasses the legal community and to further understand how the Montreal Bar can better serve the various factions as we look to the future.
The Inclusive Barreau, entails a detailed examination of the legal community and to further develop, in collaboration with a number of affiliated committees and organizations, a strategic action and communication plan which, among others, permits:
• helping young lawyers overcome the obstacles they face in the attainment of both interesting and stimulating employment opportunities ;
• highlighting the ever growing success of women in the profession in order to increase their rate of retention ;
• maximizing the enormous potential within the ethnic and cultural communities by increasing their representation throughout the multiple levels of government to further echo this diversity in the workplace ;
• continue in our efforts to eliminate the invisible walls which impede the progress of those lawyers who identify as part of the LGBTQ community ; and
• helping lawyers in distress by raising awareness within the legal profession to the problems surrounding mental health in order to confront these taboos and further encourage lawyers to aptly detect the earliest symptoms of mental distress, or better yet, to develop practices that reduce the challenge of mental health in our profession ;
In addition to the aforementioned priorities, the Bar will continue in its revision and improvement of the English language version of the Civil Code of Procedure as well as improving the current procedure relating to the adoption of laws in Quebec.