The Lawyer

Founder of the Cam­paign for Cannabis Amnesty

North Toronto Post - - Inspire - BY HADIYA RODERIQUE JOUR­NAL­IST

I first dis­cov­ered the bril­liance of An­na­maria Ene­na­jor on Twit­ter. It was re­fresh­ing to find a black, fe­male le­gal voice draw­ing at­ten­tion to in­jus­tice, de­liv­er­ing zingers and fight­ing the good fight in the le­gal world.

A few months later, we met at her law of­fice on a Satur­day — she was, as she is most hours, work­ing hard for her clients, the marginal­ized peo­ple she be­lieves are bet­ter than their worst mis­takes. Over tea that af­ter­noon, her as­tound­ing en­ergy and pas­sion for her work ra­di­ated from her voice, her words, her hands and her spirit. In her eyes, to quote the Smiths,“[T]here is a light that never goes out.”That light is just a glimpse of the rag­ing fire within, fight­ing for the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety, who are of­ten also the most crim­i­nal­ized given our so­ci­ety’s ten­dency to crim­i­nal­ize poverty and dis­ad­van­tage. It was enough to al­most make me want to be a prac­tic­ing lawyer again, to ques­tion if I was do­ing all I could. I’m cer­tain she has and will con­tinue to in­spire many oth­ers to take up the le­gal torch in the fight for so­cial change.

In the past few months, I have learned more about the in­cred­i­ble woman be­hind some of the le­gal com­mu­nity’s best Twit­ter throw­downs and fights for jus­tice. All of it ex­tra­or­di­nary — the aca­demic hon­ours, the le­gal achieve­ments, her quick as­cent to part­ner­ship and her re­lent­less fight for jus­tice and cannabis amnesty — none of it sur­pris­ing. To me, she is one of the bright­est bea­cons in our pro­fes­sion, the kind of lawyer we need more than ever in this time of growing in­equal­ity. Shine on, An­na­maria.


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