women in law

  • Empowerment key to retaining women in law

    Empowerment key to retaining women in law

    Mar 8, 2019

    To ensure women continue to be represented in the legal profession, it’s instrumental for leaders to empower female lawyers.

  • Empowering women crucial to female representation in law

    Empowering women crucial to female representation in law

    Mar 8, 2019

    In honour of International Women's Day (March 8, 2019), Canadian Lawyer spoke with three women lawyers about how to find success in the profession. Empowerment is key.

  • Our common struggle: celebrating women in governance

    Mar 4, 2019

    On Feb. 20, I attended the Women in Governance Annual Recognition Gala. This was a celebration of public companies that made a commitment and achieved at least 30 per cent female representation within their boards. It was inspirational to hear about the shared experiences and the strategic business decisions that drove these companies to make a commitment to actively promote equity within their governance board.

  • YWL panel shares insight on in-house career path

    YWL panel shares insight on in-house career path

    Feb 28, 2019

    A panel of female in-house counsel discuss what professional life working in-house is like, from day-to-day life to salary to professional growth and more. The event was put on by Young Women in Law at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto on Feb. 26.

  • One story of leaning out

    One story of leaning out

    Jul 3, 2018

    The moment came swiftly and unexpectedly, but I distinctly remember it.

  • A woman's place

    A woman's place

    Jun 25, 2018

    The flight of women out of criminal law is well documented, and those who stay face many obstacles. Low rates of legal aid, fewer backup office resources or legal mentors and a lack of outside assistance if a lawyer is going on maternity leave can all have an impact.

  • Recognize the hidden figures of the legal profession

    May 22, 2018

    A 2016 study by the American Bar Association found that representation of women within law firms drops sharply as the levels increase. For example, women make up over 51 per cent of first-year law students. By the time a person graduates and becomes an associate, 46 per cent are female. The biggest drop, however, comes at the partnership level. Here, only 22 per cent of partners are female.

  • Turning a gender lens on corporate games

    Apr 30, 2018

    Could tournament rules be thwarting female lawyers’ efforts to get ahead?

  • Margaret Atwood talks #MeToo at YWL gala

    Margaret Atwood talks #MeToo at YWL gala

    Apr 12, 2018

    Young Women in Law held its eighth annual charity gala in Toronto Wednesday evening. Author Margaret Atwood was the event’s keynote speaker this year and proceeds went to “After Me Too” which has partnered with the Canadian Women’s Foundation to create a fund that provides support services to victims of sexual violence.

  • Lerners hosts 13th annual networking event

    Lerners hosts 13th annual networking event

    Apr 5, 2018

    Stratus restaurant was packed with female professionals on April 4 at a women’s networking and cocktail event presented by Lerners LLP in Toronto.

  • Leading in Litigation

    Jan 22, 2018

    In November we brought together a cross-section of leading women in litigation, from private practie and in-house, to talk about how they came into the profession they love and the challenegs and changes they have observed as they have risen to the positions they hold today. They discussed the importance of mentors and how they are trying to pay it forward. They also spoke candidly about the myths around women in litigation that linger in 2018.

  • LEAF legal director reflects on her five years advocating for women

    LEAF legal director reflects on her five years advocating for women

    Jan 16, 2018

    Kim Stanton says the experience of sexual assault victims and violence against indigenous women entered the public consciousness much more during her time at LEAF.

  • Lawyers from firms and in-house take key spots in WXN top 100 list

    Lawyers from firms and in-house take key spots in WXN top 100 list

    Nov 28, 2017

    Lawyers from Canada’s top law firms, in-house legal departments and companies top this year’s Women’s Executive Network list of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.

  • Gender equality in private practice: You’re going about it the wrong way

    Oct 10, 2017

    We hear a lot about gender equality these days, particularly in the context of Silicon Valley and its so-called “bro culture” problems. Private practice has its own set of issues when it comes to gender equality; the retention of female associates has always been a challenge.

  • Sexism is not moot

    Sexism is not moot

    Aug 8, 2017

    At first, Ria Guidone was floored when she was told to ‘seduce the court,’ but it helped open up a conversation about women in the profession.

  • Why are women earning less?

    Apr 25, 2016