From Babies to Mentors: Women Paralegals’ Resources

Left to right: Barbara Murchie, bencher and co-chair of the Retention of Women Working Group, Law Society Treasurer Thomas Conway, The Honourable Annemarie Bonkalo, Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, and Laurie Pawlitza, immediate past Law Society Treasurer and co-chair of the Retention of Women Working Group. Photo: LSUC

Left to right: Barbara Murchie, bencher and co-chair of the Retention of Women Working Group, Law Society Treasurer Thomas Conway, The Honourable Annemarie Bonkalo, Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, and Laurie Pawlitza, immediate past Law Society Treasurer and co-chair of the Retention of Women Working Group. Photo: LSUC

From parental leave, to saying no, and finding one’s true voice — female licensees face unique issues, compared to our male counterparts.

About 200 people attended Justicia Symposium 2014, May 28, to learn and share ideas related to the particular challenges of women lawyers and paralegals. The annual event also marked the public launch of a series of new resources designed to increase retention of women in law careers.

Justicia resources include 13 templates, guides and toolkits, as well as templates for law firms to deliver Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs. They are available at www.lsuc.on.ca/justicia_project.

Retain and Advance

The Law Society launched the Justicia Project in 2008. Immediate Past Treasurer and Retention of Women Working Group co-chair Laurie Pawlitza spearheaded the project. Justicia’s goal is to identify and develop best practices that retain and advance women in private law practice.

Wednesday’s free symposium at Osgoode Hall included workshops on leadership and mentorship skills, flexible work arrangements, career coaching, and transition help.

Keynote speaker The Honourable Annemarie E. Bonkalo, Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, spoke at the reception, about the challenges and triumphs related to the retention and advancement of women in private practice.

More Information:
    Contract Registry
    This service is for licensees who need extra support, temporary contract work, or assistance with a complex matter.

    Women’s Online Resource Centre (WORC)
    Access to free resources for women licensees, such as parental leave planning, marketing ideas and work/life balance.

    Guide to Business Development

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