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Instead of providing our valued speakers with honoraria, SPINLAW shows its appreciation by making a donation on their behalf to an organization that does work consistent with the ideals of the SPINLAW conference. 



This year, SPINLAW is making a donation to the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence.


Barbra Schlifer was an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario. In her memory, the Barbra Schlifer Clinic assists 4,000 women a year to build lives free from violence through counselling, legal representation and language interpretation.


The clinic offers legal help in family, immigration and criminal law; compassionate support from diverse, skilled counsellors, and interpretation and translation in more than 90 languages


The clinic advocates for law reform and social changes that benefit women. It also provides professional development opportunities for service providers.


The Schlifer Clinic has received the Guthrie Award for “outstanding public service” and the Charity Intelligence Award as a “top pick” for donor investment in Canada for several years running.  


The 2012 donation went to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, which is a national non-profit organization that supports First Nations children, families and communities through research, policy, networking, and professional development initiatives. For more information, visit


The 2011 donation went to The Secret Trial 5, which is a documentary project that examines the human impact of Canada’s “war on terror”; specifically the use of security certificates, a tool that allows for indefinite detention without charges, and secret evidence. For more information, visit