Professor Samuel Singer, who joined the Common Law Section on July 1st, belongs to select group of authors celebrating this year’s Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing. This year’s prize was awarded to LGBTQ2+ Law: Practice Issues and Analysis, edited by Joanna Radbord. Professor Singer contributed a chapter to the book on Trans Competent Lawyering.
LGBTQ2+ Law identifies and analyzes specific LGBTQ2+ issues that can arise in various legal contexts, confronting the unique hurdles that members of the LGBTQ2+ community face in their interactions with law, especially in areas of family, immigration, estates, and criminal law.
Professor Singer is a long-time advocate for trans people. His research on the ethics of trans competent lawyering and judging, funded by the OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowship in Legal Ethics and Professionalism Research (2019–2020), was recently presented at the Criminal Law Association – Ontario's Spring Conference. He is also researching and educating the legal profession about trans legal needs in British Columbia, funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia. In March 2020, he completed a report for the Canadian Human Rights Commission on trans case law and legal scholarship in Canada from 1973 to 2019.
Congratulations to Professor Singer!