On September 5, 2013, the Northwest Territories Branch of the WLF held a meeting and social function at the Lawson Lundell LLP office in Yellowknife, attended by over 20 women, at which it elected co-chairs Malinda Kellett and Dana Webster for the 2014 year. At its next meeting in February of this year, the NWT WLF will meet to plan more activities, organize its spring/summer running group, brainstorm possible professional development seminars and continue work on establishing a new mentorship program for the 2014 year.
(captioned - Malinda Kellett – WLF Co-Chair Northwest Territories- missing Dana Webster –WLF Co-Chair)
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.
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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The latest edition of The Common Room is now available.
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