Peter A Allard School of Law

Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice

CFLS Marlee Kline

The Marlee Kline Social Justice Lecture honours the memory of Marlee Gayle Kline. 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.

Professor Kline died in 2001 after a lengthy and determined struggle with leukemia. Her work on feminist legal theory, critical race theory, child welfare law and policy, law's continued colonialism, and the restructuring of the social welfare state is internationally acclaimed.

The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies is pleased to present the annual Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice each Fall and to award the Marlee Kline Essay Prize to a deserving student (or students) each academic year. Marlee's library, which contains many volumes on the intersection of class, race and gender in the legal arena, is housed at the Centre.


Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm PDT (via Zoom)

Professor Brenda Cossman: "The New Sex Wars: Sexual Harm in the #MeToo Era"

While the viral explosion of #MeToo in October 2017 dramatically amplified conversations about sexual violence, debates emerged amongst feminists about how punishment should be doled out and how justice best served. In this talk, Professor Cossman traces how these disagreements echo earlier ones, starting from the sex wars of the 70s and 80s, and argue for a different, reparative way forward that breaks free from the endless sex wars, rethinks the role of law and builds on shared desired outcomes in regulating sexual violence.

If you are interested in attending, please register here.

Previous Marlee Kline Lectures:

Dean Donna Young: "Say Her Name: Law and Activism at the Intersection of Race and Gender" (February 8, 2021) 

Honourable Lynn Smith, Q.C.: “Real Hate in a Virtual World: Misogyny in Cyberspace” (January 28, 2020)

Sonia Lawrence: “What we talk about when we talk about rights: infinite loops and uncertain futures for feminist legal strategies” (January 15, 2019)

Jacinta Ruru: “Honouring Our Ancestors in Law: Legal Personality and Indigenous Governance of Lands and Waters” (January 31, 2018)

Constance Backhouse: “Canada’s First Lesbian Sexual Assault Trial” (November 9, 2016)

Kim Pate: “The Terrible Truth about Canadian Crime: No Justice for Indigenous Women” (October 29, 2015)

Colleen Flood: “The Poverty of Health Human Rights in Canada” (March 26, 2015)

Bonnie Sherr Klein: “I Am Who You Are” (January 30, 2014)

Jean Teillet: “The Métis of the Northwest: Finding Justice for Invisible People” (January 17, 2013)

Hester Lessard: “Jurisdictional Justice and the ‘Dream of Democracy’: Missing Voices in the Struggle for Insite” (January 26, 2012)

Ruthann Robson: “UnSettled” – this presentation explored the links and dissonances amongst five colonial/post-colonial societies (March 3, 2011)

Tracey Lindberg: “DE(CON)STRUCTION: Canadian Law and Indigenous Women” (March 25, 2010)

Camille Nelson: “Racializing Disability, Disabling Race: Policing the Intersection of Race and Mental Disability” (October 16, 2008)

Carol Smart: “Memory, Law and Family Secrets” (November 1, 2007)

Lucie White: “Rights-Based Development” (October 19, 2006)

Didi Herman: “An ‘Unfortunate Coincidence’: Jews and Jewishness in English Courts” (October 24, 2005)

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond: “Women in Leadership and Advocacy for Children” (October 14, 2004)

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