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CLSA Annual Meeting-Law at the Crossroads-Toronto

Wed, 2017-09-27 14:04 -- manager

For thousands of years the place where the City of Toronto is located has been a crossroads where many peoples have met and had fruitful exchanges. According to some Indigenous knowledge keepers, the word “Toronto” comes from the Wendat term for a fishing weir constructed of sticks standing in the water. Lake and river fishing has been an important activity for the area’s many Indigenous peoples, including Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Mississauga and Chippewa. The Indigenous knowledge frameworks and laws of the peoples of this area encourage a multilayered understanding of an item such as a fishing weir in terms of its natural, sacred, practical and social meanings.

The area continues to be home to many Indigenous people from all over Canada and beyond, but Toronto has also been shaped by immigration flows from many parts of the world, with about half of its current residents being born outside of Canada.

The Law and Society Association and the Canadian Law and Society Association hope that our joint meeting in Toronto will be creative and fruitful, in keeping with the traditional use of this land as a gathering place, and that visitors to the area will take the opportunity to make new connections not only with one another but also with diverse local communities.

The deadline for submissions has now passed, and the online session planner is available here ( You may also download the app on Apple or Android. An Excel spreadsheet showing sessions containing CLSA members is attached below. Please advise of errors or omissions ( Papers related to the history of legal education appear in the "Beyond Harvard" attachment.  


Registration is open, through the LSA's website at Regular and emeritus members of the CLSA are entitled to a discount on registration, as are regular members of the LSA. If you are a member of the LSA, the system will recognize you, and you will not need a discount code, but if you are only a member of the CLSA, please email to acquire your discount code. There is no discount for student members of either organization, but student members of the CLSA are eligible for travel funding. Please email for more information.

Annual General Meeting:

The annual general meeting of the association will be held on Thursday, June 7 from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm in the VIP Room at the Sheraton. If you do a text search for "annual general meeting" in the online program search box, you will find it. All members are welcome. 

Visiting Toronto:

Here is a guide: 


A subsidy of up to $350 CAD for the cost of childcare may be available for CLSA members who are registered presenters, chairs or participants at the main conference and/or the francophone workshop. Only one parent of a child or children may apply for a grant. Applications must be made by May 1. If the CLSA receives more claims on its funding than it has available, preference may be given to early career applicants or those with lower incomes. 

Allowable expenses:

  • Daycare expenses in Toronto
  • Extra daycare expenses at home incurred because the primary caregiver was attending the meeting (for example, overtime at a daycare centre, cost of a sitter for extended hours, etc.)
  • Expenses incurred in bringing a babysitter (or family member acting as caregiver) to the meeting or to your home to care for the child

Non-allowable expenses: 

  • Meals, on-site transportation, tickets to museums or attractions in Toronto; routine child-care expenses (nanny, babysitter, after-school care) not related to the applicant's attendance at the conference
  •  Child-care funds cannot be used to fund travel or other expenses related to the attendee's own participation in the meeting (including meeting registration or other expenses the attendee would already be incurring by attending the meeting)
  • Funds cannot be used for travel expenses for the child or children to the conference 

Reimbursement may be requested for eligible expenses up to the maximum amount of the grant. Expenses in excess of the award amount must be borne by the individual participant. Each applicant must submit a claim and receipts to before July 31. Applicants are not eligible for reimbursement of expenses that are being covered from other sources. 

The CLSA makes no recommendations regarding childcare options in Toronto.