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9 Questions Between Generations

  • March 04, 2022
  • Jennifer O'Dell

In our third installment of 9 Questions Between Generations we asked Erica Baron and Bonnie Greenaway from McCarthy Tétrault LLP about their experiences in Health Law.

Women Lawyers Forum, Health Law, Student Forum
A Three-and-Half-Year Journey: From Guangzhou, China to the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)

A Three-and-Half-Year Journey: From Guangzhou, China to the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)

  • February 28, 2022
  • Baiqing Luo

Though no stranger to relocating and adapting, I found it challenging as a newcomer to Canada and as a law student because I knew absolutely nothing about Canadian society or Canadian law. Fast forward three years, and I am an articling student with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. So, what helped me land on my feet in Canada? If I was to offer one answer, it would be the conscious effort to build contextual intelligence.

Women Lawyers Forum, Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division
Illustration of a young black professional holding a clipboard alongside text that reads "Welcome" and "Black Femme Legal"

The Future is Femme, Black Femme Legal!

  • February 27, 2022
  • Tamara J. Sylvester (one/they/them)

Allow me to reintroduce you to Samantha Peters (she/her/they/them) – no stranger to the spotlight. Samantha, who proudly identifies as a black queer femme, was called to the bars of Alberta and Ontario in 2020. In that short time, she has made a palpable impact on the legal profession because of her innovative and rebellious approach to the practice of law and the seemingly fearless way in which she navigates the margins that contemporary Canadian society imposes on her intersecting identities.

Women Lawyers Forum, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum

How our Boardrooms Became Classrooms: Virtual School, Real Headache

  • February 23, 2022
  • Amelia Yiu, Elm Law Professional Corporation

For the women of my firm the combined pressures of childcare, virtual school and work became draining both mentally and physically. As an employer that has always tried to put work-life balance at the forefront of our philosophy, I knew that I needed to make some changes to the way that we did things, or everyone at the firm would suffer.

Women Lawyers Forum, Student Forum
Don’t Let Your Hair Down!

Don’t Let Your Hair Down!

  • February 02, 2022
  • Hamna Anwar

The author, criminal defence lawyer Hamna Anwar, makes a request to senior counsel: When you are giving advice to junior lawyers who look up to you, please be mindful of the power of your words. Please do not provide advice that teaches young, racialized women to minimize themselves or play it small.

Women Lawyers Forum, Student Forum

Nothing But The Truth – A Memoir (Book Review)

  • January 14, 2022
  • Amrita V. Singh

I didn’t “know” much about Marie Henein as a person before reading this memoir, beyond her reputation for a strong work ethic, keen sense of justice, and love of glitter. So, I was surprised to learn as I read the book that she wasn’t that different from me, and very possibly also you.

Women Lawyers Forum, Student Forum
Anchal Gupta

Resilient Job Searching in a Confusing Time

  • May 24, 2021
  • Anchal Gupta

Welcome to 2021, the year we all hoped would be different and exciting and most importantly rid of the COVID-19. As we trudge along, now almost 1/3 of the way done, we can truly see how difficult this year has been, not for one, some, or many, but every single one of us. Here's a look at my personal experience.

Women Lawyers Forum, Student Forum
Chigozie Enwereuzo

A Long Road to Licensing - An ITL's Tale & Personal Experience

  • May 24, 2021
  • Chigozie Enwereuzo

Yes, it has been a long road through licensing in Ontario. It has been eight years and counting in my quest to obtain an Ontario license to practice law. I took a longer route than the typical internationally trained lawyer (ITL). Here's my story.

Women Lawyers Forum, Student Forum
Tejal Harri-Morar

Thoughts on Diversity Practices in our Organizations

  • May 24, 2021
  • Tejal Harri-Morar

Coming from South Africa, a country that had openly practiced direct and indirect exclusionary practices previously against its citizens and inhabitants, I offer my real-life observations and thoughts on the current practices in organizations and recommendations that can possibly assist with furthering diversity practices.

Women Lawyers Forum, Student Forum