Dr. Elaine Craig and Sunny Marriner are the 2019 Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award Co-Recipients
The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is excited to announce Elaine Craig and Sunny Marriner as the 2019 Torys LLP Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award co-recipients.
Elaine Craig is an Associate Professor of Law at Dalhousie University. Through her impeccable research, advocacy and academic writing, including her most recent publication, Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession, she has redefined the ethical obligations of defence counsel in sexual assault trials. As well, Elaine successfully affected systemic change by initiating with three colleagues, the review that led to the public hearing and removal of former Justice Camp from the bench, followed by legislation to better educate judges on the pervasiveness of racist and sexist stereotypes in rape trials. Through her dedication and commitment, she has made a profound difference in the lives of women who are traumatized by sexual violence and later retraumatized by our legal system. Through her research, she provides front-line advocates with concrete information that supports the women we serve.
Sunny Marriner’s career spans more than 20 years of leadership in law reform for criminal justice treatment of sexual assault. Among her most significant accomplishments is the implementation of the Philadelphia Model of Violence Against Women (VAW) Advocate Case Review to ensure thorough police investigations and accountability, for which Sunny is recognized as the Canadian expert. This model mandates feminist frontline advocates to review thoroughly and make recommendations on sexual assault and domestic violence investigations that fail to result in charges, including those that police have closed as “unfounded.” Her advocacy to mobilize frontline women’s groups, and to educate the police, government and broader community on the need for police accountability, was the subject of the Globe and Mail’s 2017 expose of “Unfounded” rape allegations by police.