Advocating for Equality

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Advocating for Equality


The legal team at Taylor McCaffrey is proud to continue to advocate for equality for the LGBTQ+ community.

For their unwavering advocacy and commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, two of Taylor McCaffrey’s partners, Patricia Lane and Robynne Kazina, have been recognized by the Canadian Bar Association. Each has received the national CBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community Section Ally Award, Patricia in 2010 and Robynne in 2020, which honours excellence within the Canadian legal profession in advancing the cause of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and two-spirited people.

Left: Robynne Right: Patricia

Patricia was part of the Taylor McCaffrey team for the complainants in the Vogel and North Human Rights Code challenge initiated in 1988 to win employee benefits for same sex partners. This involved an adjudication before the Human Rights Tribunal, judicial review in the Court of Queen’s Bench, an appeal to the Court of Appeal, and a further hearing before the Tribunal to secure these rights.
Patricia and Robynne both worked on the Equal Marriage case, which legalized same sex marriage in Manitoba in 2004, making Manitoba the fifth jurisdiction in Canada to obtain this right.
Taylor McCaffrey’s advocacy for full equality for the LGBTQ+ community in Manitoba is ongoing. Robynne is currently representing parents on a pro bono basis in challenging Manitoba’s laws that require LGBTQ+ parents to adopt their own child to obtain legal status as a parent when children are conceived with the use of assisted re- production.

As a full service law firm, Taylor McCaffrey is very pleased to serve all the legal needs of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. 🏳️‍🌈

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