Moya Teklu, B.A. (York) 2005, J.D. (Toronto) 2009, was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2010. She is a member of Legal Aid Ontario's General Counsel's Office and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto - Faculty of Law. She is responsible for developing Legal Aid Ontario’s Racialized Communities Strategy and leading the creation of the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC). She regularly delivers training on unconscious bias, access to justice, and cultural competence to judges, justices of the peace, lawyers, adjudicators and regulators through the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR), Ontario Court of Justice, Osgoode Professional Development, and others. Moya has participated in proceedings before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. She is a member of the Equity Advisory Group at the Law Society of Ontario.
What is your favourite piece of art and why?
My favourite piece of art is "The Third of May 1808" by Francisco Goya. I wish I had some sort of deep or profound reason for why it's my favourite but, the truth is, I like it because "Goya" rhymes with "Moya" and May 3rd is my birthday. The painting commemorates Spanish resistance to Napoleon's armies. And Wikipedia tells me that it is "the first great picture which can be called revolutionary in every sense of the word, in style, in subject, and in intention". I take it as some sort of sign.