Keeping women in law

The LSUC is taking on several issues on keeping women in law by holding sessions across Ontario

By Melissa Kluger

On Friday April 18th, 2008

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Seems that everyone (myself included) is puzzled these days about women in the profession. Are they leaving in record numbers? How do we keep them? Is the law firm model outdated and unfriendly to the realities of working women? There’s a lot to think about. The Law Society is tackling these issues with a working group on the retention of women in private practice. The group has been travelling around Ontario holding consultation meetings. We’ve heard that demand in Toronto to attend was so high they had to add a second session to accommodate everyone.

Consultations have already taken place in Kingston and Ottawa and the group is in London today. Meetings will take place in Toronto on April 24 and 25. Dates are also scheduled for Sudbury, Oakville, Orillia and Thunder Bay.
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Visit the Law Society’s website for more information and registration.

A couple other women-in-law-related notes:

  • The Women’s Law Association of Ontario is holding a panel on alternative careers for women in law. I have been asked to speak and will share the panel with some very impressive women! It will be held in Toronto on May 1. Visit the WLAO site for more info.
  • There’s a Q&A in the Globe this week about the challenges faced by women in small and solo practices. The article suggests that while the challenges are great, women who work for themselves appreciate the flexibility and autonomy they get as a result. Some key advice: specialize, work with like-minded people, work in teams, and accommodate individual differences.