Fathima Cader joins York University as Osgoode Hall Law School’s McMurtry Visiting Fellow. Cader is a Toronto-based litigator, with a focus on human rights, labour, and employment law, including anti-discrimination applications, union certifications, grievance arbitrations, workplace investigations and preventative training.
Having previously worked in the clinic bar and then at a downtown boutique, she recently opened her own firm. Her areas of practice now include prison law, with a particular interest in assisting female inmates.
Cader is joining Osgoode after spending the 2019 fall term as faculty at the City College of New York. She has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law. She holds the 2012 Marlee G. Kline Essay Award from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law for her research on R v NS, the first Supreme Court of Canada case to consider the rights of Muslim veil-wearing courtroom witnesses. Her critical essays, creative non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in The New Inquiry, Hazlitt, Apogee, Fader, and elsewhere. She is a board member of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival.
“As a McMurtry Fellow, Fathima will help strengthen bridges between the academy, bar and bench through her exploration of the relationship between law, art and critique in supporting grassroots social change,” said Osgoode Dean Mary Condon in announcing Cader’s arrival at the law school.