Elizabeth Grace's Archive

‘I’m not signing it’: Correctional officer says superiors tried to buy her silence after week of ‘hazing’

Correctional officer Nubia Vanegas has refused to sign an agreement that she says would ‘buy her silence,’ after being ‘hazed’ at a training camp.  Lawyer Elizabeth Grace says public institutions such as federal prisons have to be held to a high standard of transparency, and should not be forcing employees to ‘keep their mouths shut’ […]...Read More

Harvey Weinstein case: Should confidentiality agreements exist?

Powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been fired by the company he co-founded, stands accused of sexual abuse and harassment following a report in the New York Times. Elizabeth Grace discusses confidentiality agreements, which are often used in sexual assault and harassment cases… Listen to the full episode of The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti....Read More

Parishioner suing former Manitoba Anglican priest for alleged sexual exploitation

A woman, represented by Lerners Lawyer Elizabeth Grace, is suing her former priest, Nigel Packwood, along with the Anglican Diocese of Brandon, alleging Packwood ‘initiated and maintained’ an illicit and long-standing sexual relationship with her. Read the full article on cbc.ca....Read More

A Sexual Assault Case Testimonial

There are few words that can express my gratitude to Elizabeth Grace, Anna, Kristen and all other Lerners Associates involved in my cases. With honesty, compassion, and years of experience they gave me a glimmer of hope to continue my fight for justice when I had little steam left. With their years of experience and […]...Read More

Sexual Assault Case Testimonial

I’m writing to say thank you for representing me in my legal case over the last two years. During the summer I went on an amazing two month long trip, and I’m excited to report I’ve just begun back at school full time! Not only did the outcome of the case remove some of the […]...Read More

Ontario Government Introduces Rule Changes that Help Sexual Abuse Victims

In May 2015, I made written and oral submissions to the Ontario Government’s Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment. This all-party Committee was given a mandate to make recommendations to help prevent sexual violence and harassment and to improve the province’s response system to these problems. One of the recommendations made by me and […]...Read More

Emerging leadership award given to Lianna Yeung.

Toronto financial services lawyer Lianna Yeung has received the 2017 Elizabeth Grace Emerging Leaders Award. Yeung, who works in-house as the manager, legal counsel at Capital One Bank, was honoured for her work with victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable individuals. The award, in its third year, is named after Toronto lawyer and Lerners […]...Read More

When A Criminal Defence Must Yield To Civil Protections: The Use Of Compelled Documentary Productions From A Civil Lawsuit

Because sexual assault is a recognized wrong in many areas of our substantive law, it is quite common for a civil lawsuit to run in parallel with a criminal proceeding arising from the same alleged wrongdoing. When civil, administrative and/or criminal cases take place at the same time, or one after the other, there can […]...Read More

Criminal v. Civil: How the Criminal Process Can Impact a Parallel Civil Process

The wrong that constitutes a sexual offence is invariably also actionable before the civil courts. As a civil litigator who both advances and defends civil actions based on sexual misconduct, I often encounter cases where there is or may be an overlap between the criminal and civil justice systems. I believe it behooves both the […]...Read More

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ sexual abuse response raises concerns

Recently, CBC News reported on a Radio-Canada investigation that alleged Jehovah’s Witnesses are not only failing to protect children who have been sexually abused by their members, including by elders in leadership positions, but are also failing to deal appropriately with allegations of child sexual abuse when they do surface. CBC News described how Jehovah’s Witnesses’ internal […]...Read More

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