women in law


  • Imperfection rules

    Jul 23, 2018

    If much of modern technology focuses on extracting the messiness and toil out of life (like automated cars and artificial intelligence, for example), then one could assume that the law exists to clarify matters when things, indeed, go wrong. And go wrong they will.

  • Networking and the #MeToo movement

    Jul 23, 2018

    The #MeToo movement was brought to the forefront in 2017 following the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The movement is alive and well in Canada.

  • Quiet sexism still persists in legal profession

    Feb 5, 2018

    The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have put the topic of sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender discrimination at the forefront of media and popular discussion in a way I have never seen in my 50 years on Earth. Good.

  • Now the work really begins

    Jan 8, 2018

    In 2017, when the #MeToo movement was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, the movements’ creator, Tarana Burke, said, “Now the work really begins.”

  • A wake-up call on sexual harassment

    Nov 20, 2017

    Many years ago, in my early days working in lawyer assistance, I received a call from a young lawyer, about two years out. She was in extreme distress, having been fired from her job at a well-respected firm.

  • Ontario to improve provincial court diversity

    Ontario to improve provincial court diversity

    Sep 18, 2017

    The Ontario government has announced plans to bolster the diversity of provincial court appointments with reforms to the province’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee. Lawyers say that this is a needed move, as the Ontario Court of Justice is noticeably lacking in diversity, especially outside of Toronto. “It’s a positive thing that the government is seeking a diversity of candidates when looking at judicial applications,” says Michael Spratt, partner with Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP and also former vice president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa.

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