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A Message from the Chair: 2020/2021

  • September 29, 2020
  • Rachel Sachs, Chair, OBA Women Lawyers Forum

Rachel Sachs, Chair of the 2020/2021 OBA Women Lawyers Forum, welcomes the OBA WLF community.

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Meet the 2020/2021 WLF Executive: Richa Sandill, Daniela Pacheco, Barbara De Dios

Meet the 2020/2021 WLF Executive: Richa Sandill, Daniela Pacheco, Barbara De Dios

  • September 25, 2020
  • Barbara De Dios, Corporate Counsel, Canadian Dental Services Corporation

Over the next several months, we’ll introduce you to the members of our 2020/2021 OBA Women Lawyers Forum Section Executive. We look forward to connecting and building relationships with OBA WLF members, and looking forward to introducing ourselves to you. Here are the profiles of our first three WLF executive members.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Reflections on the Life and Death of RBG

  • September 25, 2020
  • Nandi A. O. Deterville, Vice-Chair, OBA Women Lawyers Forum

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been dubbed a trailblazer, a feminist icon, a beloved lawyer, justice, and leader, among many other superlatives, as reactions and reflections about her death have been published since the announcement of her death on Friday, September 18, 2020. Our very own OBA Women Lawyers Forum Vice-Chair has shared her reflections following these events, and includes some thoughts from follow executives.

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Team Allyship: Collaboration That Includes the Whole Group

  • August 24, 2020
  • Barbara De Dios, Corporate Counsel at Canadian Dental Services Corporation

Facilitating change to our organization’s governance, management structure, policy and even social practices to remove unconscious and legitimized bias requires the work of multiple people, such as the Encourager, the Leader and the Mentor, among others with parallel objectives.

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Illustration of a woman standing and watching leaves float in the wind

Redefining Resilience

  • June 21, 2020
  • Rachel Migicovsky, Member-at-Large

What are lawyers worried about in the midst of a global pandemic? The issues are varied, from balancing childcare with work, to caring for vulnerable elderly family members, to financial concerns. Yet, there is a common thread: people are feeling the pressures of this moment in time and need a way to cope. In this article, Rachel Migicovsky discusses how building up resilience can help people acknowledge and accept the emotional distress they may be feeling.

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Rachel Sachs, Vice-Chair

This is What a Lawyer Looks Like: Meet Alexandria Winterburn

  • June 21, 2020
  • Rachel Sachs, Vice-Chair

The face of law is changing. In an effort to highlight the diverse range of individuals working across the legal landscape, we are pleased to present our new series, This is What a Lawyer Looks Like. The goal of this series is to put racialized and Indigenous women lawyers in the spotlight and amplify their voices in the conversation about gender equality. In this instalment: meet Alexandria Winterburn, a lawyer with a wealth of wisdom and experience in Indigenous rights and Aboriginal law.

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Susan Toth

Q&A with Susan Toth, 2020 OBA Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Women's Equality Recipient

  • June 10, 2020

Susan Toth, Lawyer and Partner at Polishuk, Camman & Steele, is being honoured this year with the OBA Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Women's Equality for her outstanding leadership and contributions to the promotion of equality rights in Canadian society. Gain a glimpse of what inspires her and how she is making a difference in the battle for equality in this candid Q&A.

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June Wellness Tips: Adapting to Change

  • June 05, 2020
  • Julie A. Chapman, Member-at-Large

This month's edition of Wellness Tips features WLF Executive Member, Julie A. Chapman's suggestions for adapting to the new normal.

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They can sing, act, dance AND they’re lawyers?! Ladies and gents, presenting…the Lawyer Show!

They can sing, act, dance AND they’re lawyers?! Ladies and gents, presenting…the Lawyer Show!

  • June 03, 2020
  • Alexandra Mealia, associate, trading documentation negotiator at RBC Capital Markets

How often do lawyers get the opportunity to take a break from their busy, demanding professions to perform with other legal professionals and share their musical talents and artistic passion with the Toronto community while supporting a worthy cause, forging meaningful connections with colleagues and having fun in the process? The author presents to you: "The Lawyer Show". Read on to learn more.

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