March 23, 2019
‘Law Society prescribing with the force of law what to say and what to think’
A Canadian law society’s requirement for “diversity and inclusion” is forcing a lawyer who has been practicing for 30 years to quit.
Murray Klippenstein said he has always worked to advance social justice and is “horrified” to see what his own professional regulator was imposing, the Christian Institute said.
In reaction to a disputed report charging “systemic racism” in the legal profession, the Law Society of Ontario made lawyers abide by a “Statement of Principles.”
The statement requires lawyers to acknowledge “their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally.”
Lawyers also must “demonstrate a personal valuing” of those concepts, the law society said.
Klippenstein said the law society “was demanding that lawyers and paralegals draft and then obey a set of specific political ideas – both in their personal and professional lives – as a condition of their license.”
He said he would not be told what to say or what to value, so he’s refusing to comply.
And he’s joining a lawsuit against the moral code.
“Today, we are being told to promote ‘equality, diversity and inclusion.’ But once this line has been crossed, the content doesn’t matter. And tomorrow, we might be asked to pledge allegiance to some other ideological doctrine,” he warned.
He established his social justice credentials in a column for Quillette.