Thursday, May 3, 2018
Arlene Huggins

The Women’s Law Association of Ontario has named alumna Arleen Huggins, LLB 1989, as its 2018 President’s Award recipient. Huggins is a respected and well-known leader in the promotion and advancement of racialized women in the law, and the intersectionality of race and gender. Her mentoring, advocating and volunteering have made significant contributions to the legal community, including leadership positions at various equity-seeking organizations such as the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, Doctors without Borders and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund. She is a partner at Koskie Minsky and heads up the firm’s employment law group. Most recently she was appointed an independent expert reviewer by the Secretary of the Cabinet for the Ontario Public Service for complex workplace discrimination and harassment program cases. Huggins was co-counsel for LEAF before the Supreme Court of Canada in the 1993 decision of Weatherall v. Canada (Attorney General), SCC, August 12, 1993.

The WLAO President’s Award recognizes a woman, firm or organization who has made a substantial contribution to the legal community and as a recognized leader, demonstrates a commitment to the promotion of women in the law: engaged, aware and connected to issues, substantive and personal, facing women in the legal profession today.

There will be an awards gala on June 13th for the presentation.