New Brunswick lawyers vote to overturn TWU approval
Special general meeting urges law society council to reconsider
New Brunswick lawyers Sept 13 voted 137-30 to overturn their law society’s earlier approval of Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school.
New Brunswick’s law society had approved the Christian university’s proposal on June 27 in a 14-5 vote, following the lead of Canada’s Federation of Law Societies.
But the federation examined only whether the proposed law school’s graduates could meet national professional requirements for knowledge and competencies needed for entry to the bar admission programs in the Canadian common-law jurisdictions. It didn’t rule on the school’s covenant.
For admission to TWU, students must sign a covenant agreeing to uphold Christian biblical teachings, including no premarital sex and no homosexuality. Failure to uphold these commitments, according to the student handbook, could result in discipline, dismissal or a refusal to readmit a student to the university.
The New Brunswick society was forced to hold a special general meeting (SGM) in Fredericton after more than 200 lawyers signed a petition asking the decision be reconsidered. Only 20 signatures were needed to force the SGM.
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Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.
Daniele Watts, a Black actress married to a white man. She was detained on suspicion of prostitution, because the cops assumed there’s no other reason a white man would be kissing a Black woman. Although it’s illegal in California to buy the services of a prostitute, nobody handcuffed her white husband. Now fucking tell me that we live in a post-racial society, OK? Just fucking try. (via mslorelei)