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Cecilia I. Johnstone Award

The Cecilia I. Johnstone Award recognizes women who have achieved professional excellence in their field and influenced women to pursue legal careers, supported women in career advancement or opened doors for women lawyers in a variety of job settings that historically were closed to them.

The next award will be presented bi-annually starting at the WLF Leadership Conference in Vancouver, B.C. (November 20-21, 2015). The application deadline is April 30, 2015.


Save the Date

The CBA Women Lawyers Forum will be holding their National Leadership Conference on November 20-21, 2015 in Vancouver, BC. Key note speakers will include Mme Justice Rosalie Abella and the Rt Hon Kim Campbell.

Stay tuned for more information


Submission to Government

Judicial Appointments: Letter to Minister of Justice (March 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 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.

View previous newsletters. (CBA Membership number required)


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