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Men who change diapers change the world.
WLF member: tell us your stories about men, especially fathers, who have contributed to or are contributing to tipping the balance of unpaid labour burdens to a fairer share with women. 
Do you know a man who does his share? He deserves recognition.Tell us about him! A tribute to our men will be included in the next edition of the Common Room, which will be published just a few days before Father's Day. Please email: cbawomenlawyers@CBA.org



The PEI Branch of the Women Lawyers Forum held its 5th Annual Women’s Day, "Pearls of Wisdom" on Friday, March 7, 2014 at a private Charlottetown dining room. The theme of the event was mentoring and the event was well attended by women lawyers and judges from across the province. The event included a delicious two course lunch, games, including "Pearls of Wisdom" trivia, prizes (including pearls, of course), treats and giveaways. The highlight of the afternoon was the "Pearls of Wisdom" presentation by Margaret Ross, a partner at Gowlings’ Ottawa office, and Tracey L. Clements, Q.C., a partner in the Charlottetown office of Stewart McKelvey. The two experienced lawyers and mentors shared highlights from their respective mentoring experiences, as well as their thoughts and ideas on effective mentoring relationships. Thank you again to Margaret Ross and Tracey Clements, Q.C. for an excellent presentation, to everyone who attended, and to Nancy Birt, Q.C. and Nicole McKenna for helping to organize the event.

Submitted by Jennifer S. MacPherson
Chair, PEI Women Lawyers Forum

(Photo: from left - Nancy Birt, Q.C., Tracey Clements, Q.C., Nicole McKenna, Margaret Ross, and Jennifer S. MacPherson, Chair, Women Lawyers Forum-PEI Branch.)

Submission to Government

Judicial Appointments: Letter to Minister of Justice (March 2014)

CBA Women Lawyers Forum Own Pascale Pageau Named by Women's Executive Network (WXN) as One of Canada's Most Powerful Women!

Past-Chair of the CBA’s WLF was recognized on December 4, 2013 by the WXN as one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women in 2013. Pascale was awarded the Glencore Trailblazers and Trendsetters Award, in recognition of her success as founder and CEO of Delegatus Services Juridique Inc., her innovative outsourcing law firm. Prior to founding Delegatus in 2005, Pascale worked in in the civil and commercial litigation groups of two large Montreal law firms. Delegatus’ innovative business structure provides legal outsourcing solutions from accomplished lawyers, who work in a more flexible work environment. Pascale is also a mother of four children.

Many congratulations to Pascale on this well-deserved recognition!

2013 Cecilia I. Johnstone Award Winner

The CBA Women Lawyers Forum is pleased to announce the recipient of our 2013 Cecilia I. Johnstone 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. Johnstone and is an outstanding role model for women lawyers across Canada.

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 Co-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.

“What’s She Up To?”

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!

Contact Gathoni Njuguna.


The latest edition of The Common Room is now available.

The Section is currently looking for articles for its next newsletter. If you would like to contribute to the next edition, please contact CBA Newsletters.

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