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Sexual Harassment Awareness Campaign

Sexual harassment is a degrading act that feeds off of an imbalance and abuse of power. Sexual assault is a particularly invasive and traumatizing form of assault. The legal profession is not immune, and until we recognize and acknowledge this, we cannot address the root of the problem.

The CBA Women Lawyers Forum, SOGIC and the Equality Committee want to raise awareness about this issue and generate discussion.

Tell us your story. We want to hear from you.

Use this confidential and anonymous tool to help us focus awareness on the problem so that we can talk about solutions.

Identities will be protected, however your story may be shared.

You can participate online or by filling in the word document and sending your story to:

The Canadian Bar Association
“Write your Wrong”
C/o Women Lawyers Forum
500 – 865 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5S8



Women Lawyers Forum
Third National Leadership Conference

“Creating Our Future”

Vancouver Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Friday, November 20 – Saturday, November 21, 2015

Women lawyers and professionals across Canada have a unique opportunity to attend a truly inspirational conference that will bring together an international faculty of renowned and celebrated women leaders to inspire, embolden and teach invaluable leadership skills.

Change is coming to professional practice, and women need to be at the front of that change, driving it and directing it. This conference will give women lawyers and professionals the tools, skills and confidence to influence careers and workplaces in ways that will work better for clients, professions and ourselves.

Whether you want to be a leader of your firm or practice group, be successful in government or the corporate world, start your own firm, or simply find ways to thrive in practice on your own terms, this conference will help you create the future you desire.

Hear from influential women speakers like Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella and The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Canada’s first female Justice Minister and Prime Minister, who will lead a conversation about succeeding and flourishing as women at the highest levels of professional life. Other inspirational discussions will include:

  • Leadership and practice styles that empower women
  • Women and our relationship with power
  • Grit and growth, and how they lead to success
  • Skills to navigate difficult conversations and increase productivity
  • Thriving in practice – how it goes beyond work-life balance
  • Corporate leadership skills

This interactive, transformative, inspiring and fun conference is relevant to all women lawyers and professionals, whether you are just starting out, mid-career looking for that next opportunity, or a seasoned professional wanting to continue to make a difference.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network and build relationships with clients. Invite a client to come with you and share in this amazing experience – for a nominal cost, you can have two full days with your client and a lifetime of experiences to share.

Connect with women lawyers and professionals from across Canada and be the change you want to see in your world. Registration opens this spring.

Details and registration


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.


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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