Joanne St. Lewis teaches law at the University of Ottawa, where she focuses on the operation of social justice principles and legal culture. Her interests include African women, critiques of international trade, and art, culture and the law. She is also a lecturer in the University of Southern California Executive Program on Counter-Terrorism. Her interests in independent media lead to her participation in the formation of www.therealnews.com. She has been a commentator on radio and tv on a range of issues including youth crime, racial profiling, multiculturalism and feminism’s fault lines. She was a member of the cabinet d’experts on CPAC’s Revue Politique.
Joanne is the first Black woman elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the governing body for over 41,000 Ontario lawyers. She was co-chair of the CBA Working Group on Racial Equality and author of Virtual Justice: Systemic Racism in the Canadian Legal Profession. She has held positions with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Ontario Race Relations Directorate and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). She was also the Special Assistant-Government Affairs to the Grand Chief of the Crees of Quebec. Professor St. Lewis is the recipient of the 2001 Canadian Association of Black Lawyers Outstanding Achievement Award, the 2004 Ottawa Life Magazine Top 50 People in the Capital, the 2008 DreamKEEPERS Life Achievement Award from the Martin Luther King, jr. Day Coalition and the United Nations Association of Canada 2009 Honoured Champion Award for International Women’s Day.
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For the curious:
Inspiration for the title of the website. I’m a major science fiction fan and loved Babylon Five.
Inspiration for my Twitter username.