Peter A Allard School of Law

The Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice

This lecture honours the memory of Marlee Gayle Kline, a member of the Faculty from 1989. Professor Kline died in 2001 after a lengthy and determined struggle with leukemia. Her work on feminist legal theory and critical race theory, child welfare law and policy, law's continued colonialism, and restructuring of the social welfare state is internationally acclaimed. This lectureship not only recognizes Marlee's rich contribution to the law school community but also reflects her belief in the central role social justice concerns must play in legal education and law.

Marlee Kline lecturers:

Speaker: Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum), Assistant Professor, Windsor Law
Topic: Skirting Around Colonialism

Speaker: Brenda Cossman, Professor of Law, University of Toronto
Topic: The New Sex Wars: Sexual Harm in The #MeToo Era
Delivered: March 10, 2022

Speaker: Donna E. Young, Dean of Law, Ryerson University
Topic: Say Her Name: Law and Activism at the Intersection of Race and Gende
Delivered: February 8, 2021

Speaker: The Honourable Lynn Smith, QC
Topic: Real hate in a virtual world: misogyny in cyberspace
Delivered: January 28, 2020

Speaker: Sonia Lawrence, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Topic: What we talk about when we talk about rights: infinite loops and uncertain futures for feminist legal strategies
Delivered: January 15, 2019

Speaker: Jacinta Ruru, Professor in the Faculty of Law, University Otago and Co-Director, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand's Māori Centre of Research Excellence
Topic: Honouring our Ancestors in Law: Legal Personality and Indigenous Governance of Lands and Waters
Delivered: January 31, 2018

Speaker: Constance Backhouse
Topic: Canada's first Lesbian Secual Assault Trial
Delivered November 9, 2016

Speaker: Kim Pate
Topic: The Terrible Truth about Canadian Crime
Delivered October 29, 2015

Speaker: Bonnie Sherr Klein
Topic: “I am who you are”
Delivered January 30, 2014

Speaker: Jean Teillet   
Topic: The Métis of the Northwest: Finding Justice for an Invisible People
Delivered January 17, 2013

Speaker: Hester Lessard
Topic: Jurisdictional Justice and the “Dream of Democracy”: Missing Voices in the Struggle for Insite
Delivered Thursday, January 26, 2012

Speaker: Ruthann Robson
Topic: UnSettled- - Exploring the links and dissonances amongst five colonial/ post-colonial societies. Themes include land, indigenous peoples, family, sexuality, gender, class, and the possibilities of forgiveness.
Delivered March 3, 2011

Speaker: Dr. Tracey Lindberg
Topic: De(CON)struction: Canadian Law and Indiegnous Women
Delivered Thursday, March 25, 2010

Speaker: Professor Camille Nelson, St. Louis University School of Law
Topic: “Racializing Disability, Disabling Race: Policing the Intersection of Race and Mental Disability”
Delivered Thursday, October 16, 2008

Speaker: Dr. Carol Smart, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director, Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life, University of Manchester
Topic: “Memory, Law and Family Secrets”
Delivered Thursday, November 1, 2007

Speaker: Professor Lucie White, Louis A. Horvitz Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Topic: “Rights Based Development: Bringing It All Back Home”
Delivered Thursday, October 19, 2006

Speaker: Professor Didi Herman, Professor of Law & Social Change at Kent Law School, U.K.
Topic: “An ‘Unfortunate Coincidence’: Jews and Jewishnessin English Courts”
Delivered Monday, October 24, 2005

The Inaugural Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice
Speaker: The Honourable Judge Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond of the Saskatchewan Provincial Court, Member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation
Delivered Thursday, October 14, 2004

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