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Monday, January 8, 2018

Judge-in-Residence Apologizes After Telling Law Students She Was Uncomfortable Walking Into Room 'Full Of Big Dark People' And Was Used To Being In An 'Ivory Tower' Away From The 'Riff-Raff'

CalgaryGlobe and Mail, University of Calgary Says Judge Apologizes After Making Comments ‘Insensitive to Racial Minorities’:

A dean at the University of Calgary says a judge has apologized to a class of second-year law students for offensive comments she reportedly made.

Law school dean Ian Holloway said the school received complaints that Court of Queen's Bench Justice Kristine Eidsvik made comments that "were insensitive to racial minorities" at a Q-and-A session about judicial mediations.

CBC News reported Eidsvik told the class that she was uncomfortable walking into a room "full of big dark people." 

She reportedly said that she was used to being in an "ivory tower" away from "the riff-raff."

Holloway said the "matter was addressed immediately" and the judge apologized to the class on Friday. ... Eidsvik is the university's judge-in-residence for the 2017-2018 school year.

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