Work E-mail: Samantha.Peters@uottawa.ca
Samantha Peters (she/her) is a lawyer, researcher and educator, whose work focuses on labour, employment and human rights law. She is also the Black Legal Mentor-in-Residence/Mentor Juridique pour la Communauté Noire at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.
Samantha engages in work at the intersection of law, education and policy, ranging from law reform initiatives to legal education to legislative research. She is the Director of Legal Initiatives and Public Interest at Black Femme Legal, a project funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, which provides legal and non-legal resources and support to Black 2SLGBTQI+ workers across Ontario through a Black femme-centered approach, lens and praxis. She is the National Vice-President of Equity and Anti-Oppression at the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, a member of the City of Toronto’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) Council Advisory Body and a Pro Bono Lawyer where she provides free legal advice, brief services and referrals to women-identified survivors of domestic violence.
Samantha’s writing on topics such as intersectionality, Black women in the law and judicial education has appeared in Flare, Huffington Post Canada, SLAW, The Lawyer’s Daily and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to name a few. In 2020, her essay titled “Making Social Context Education Mandatory: Why Cultural Competency Should Matter in the Courtroom” won the Canadian Bar Association’s Women Lawyers’ Forum’s inaugural “Writing Her In” competition.
Samantha can be followed on Twitter @SamPetersTO.