Canadian Bar Association Yukon Branch: Women Lawyers Forum Activity Report
In 2009 the Yukon CBA Branch established the Yukon Branch of the Women Lawyers Forum. Over the past year, it has had a number of meetings and a social event, a potluck dinner with a dozen women in attendance. They shared good food, and great conversation. This year, the Yukon WLF looks forward to building on goals, including WLF mentorship, social event planning and substantive issues like Continuing Legal Education to be included in future activities.
Yukon WLF Chair - Melissa Atkinson, lawyer, Neighborhood Law Centre
2013 Cecilia I. Johnston Award Winner
The CBA Women Lawyers Forum is pleased to announce the recipient of our 2013 Cecilia I. Johnston Award: The Honourable Louise Mailhot (pictured).
Justice Mailhot is a former member of the Quebec Court of Appeal and the retiring Vice President of the International Association of Judges. She has also served since 2005 as the Association's representative to the United Nations.
Justice Mailhot's entire career has been devoted to opening doors and helping women achieve leadership positions. She was the first woman articling student admitted to the law firm Martineau Walker in 1965 and, after serving on the Quebec Superior court, was the first woman appointed to the Court of Appeal of Quebec in Montreal. She has recently written a book on the historical access of women to the legal profession and to the courts in Canada, France, Belgium and Switzerland. She is currently a partner and Strategic Advisor at Fasken Martineau. Justice Mailhot exemplifies the spirit of Cecilia I. Johnson and is an outstanding role model for women lawyers across Canada.
BC WLF Report on Events: Ovarian Cancer Canada’s Walk of Hope, Hot Tips from Hot Mentors and So Much More!
The BC WLF Executive will walk to support Ovarian Cancer Canada in the annual Walk of Hope on Sunday, September 8th at various locations across Canada. The BC WLF, with the support of the CBA BC Branch, is calling on all women lawyers in the province to participate in, and to raise funds for the 2013 Walk of Hope. The BC WLF also invites lawyers practicing outside of British Columbia to join in and be included in our fundraising efforts. Please click here for more information, or sign up a team (include “WLF” or “Women Lawyers Forum” in your team name).
On September 18, 2013 the BC WLF will formally kick off the 2013–2014 CBA year with its Annual Launch and Hot Tips from Hot Mentors event, featuring a panel of women lawyers sharing their personal experiences and advice. The BC WLF will also host a Fall Potluck in October 2013; education seminars in January and May 2014; the senior women lawyers’ dinner in January 2014; a networking event for junior women lawyers in February 2014; coordinated events throughout BC to celebrate International Womens’ Day; a lawyer outreach event in April 2014, and a wrap up event to be held in conjunction with our AGM in June 2014.
National Sections: Children’s Law Committee
National Sections recently established a Children’s Law Committee to coordinate activities, provide advice, and respond to law, policy, and legal research developments on matters affecting Canadian children. More information is available on the new Children’s Law Committee webpage.
Join the Children’s Law Committee listserv!
Interested CBA members are strongly encouraged to join the Children’s Law Committee listserv. This is an ideal way to stay informed of Committee activities and get directly involved. The listserv also provides a forum to network and exchange ideas with leading practitioners who share your interests.
Membership is free to CBA members.
Join the listserv (CBA membership number required)
Linda K Robertson’s blog
Linda K. Robertson, our very own Women Lawyers Forum Vice-Chair, has a featured blog on slaw.ca, a Canadian online legal magazine. To read Linda’s blog please visit: http://www.slaw.ca/author/robertson/
In order to create networking opportunities and a forum for discussion and exchange on subjects relevant to the Women Lawyers Forum, we have recently created a group on LinkedIn.
This professional networking site allows you to:
- Establish connections with other professionals interested in mentoring,
- Access liaising opportunities,
- Share cases and accomplishments; and
- Keep informed about upcoming Women Lawyers Forum events and activities.
If you’re already a LinkedIn member, we invite you to join the CBA Women Lawyers Forum group. You can easily do by clicking on the “Groups” tab type “CBA Women Lawyers Forum” in the search box and select the “Join Group” option. If you are not already a member, membership in LinkedIn is free and easy to join by going to http://www.linkedin.com/home
We look forward to meeting you on LinkedIn.
The Women Lawyers Forum wants to get the word out!
The WLF is one of the largest conferences within the CBA and many of its members are doing incredible things within their legal communities and beyond. These accomplishments reflect positively on the legal profession as a whole and on the contributions made by women lawyers across the country.
To ensure these accomplishments are broadly recognized, the WLF will be highlighting these achievements and triumphs in upcoming newsletters and on its website as a new monthly feature - “What’s She Up To?”
Let us know what our members have been up to lately. If you or a colleague you know has recently accepted a new position, appointment or award that you think should be recognized, pass it on to the WLF editorial board, and we’ll spread the word!
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