This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession or the law in British Columbia.

This award is presented on a biennial basis in odd-numbered years.

Award criteria

Current and former Law Society members, or any person in British Columbia working in the legal field or justice system who has made an outstanding contribution in furtherance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in BC, is eligible for this award, except for Law Society Benchers, committee members and employees.

The award criteria are broken down into three categories:

  • Professional achievements: significant commitment and accomplishments with respect to improving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in British Columbia;
  • Service: exceptional volunteer contributions of time and energy to the removal of barriers to enhance the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in British Columbia, either personally or through recognized societies or organizations;
  • Impact: contributions to diversity and inclusion initiatives that have had positive impact on removing barriers to greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in British Columbia.

2019 award recipient

Raji Mangat

Raji Mangat was selected by the Law Society to receive the 2019 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Mangat is the executive director of West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund Association, where she previously served as director of litigation. She has made significant contributions to the promotion of diversity and inclusion through the development of the law. In her roles with West Coast LEAF, she has overseen litigation involving such areas as access to family law legal aid, hate speech and transgender rights, employment discrimination and judicial conduct with regard to sexual assault.

In a previous role with the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Mangat served as counsel on matters relating to the protection of civil liberties and human rights. She has contributed to improving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through her mentorship, recruitment and supervision of law student interns and articled students, as well as serving on numerous boards of organizations that promote equality and inclusion. Mangat also has developed a curriculum and taught an upper-year law course on civil liberties and the Charter at the University of Victoria.

“Raji’s significant contributions to policy and legal reform, together with her impact on marginalized and disadvantaged people on an individual basis, make Raji a truly deserving recipient of this award,” said Jasmin Ahmad, chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award Selection Committee.

Further information

For further information about the award, contact Bencher Relations.