For Women in Law By Women in Law

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Guest Blogger, Kathleen Kinch, shares her perspective on leaving a big firm in the big city to open her own firm in a small community.

I was catching up with Kim Jakeman last week and we chatted about the new Life in Law initiative. We got to talking about when I left Vancouver more than six years ago to start my own firm in Campbellford, Ontario. She thought that my perspectives may assist others considering a similar move and invited me to create a blog post. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity and hope that sharing my experience can help you. My thoughts in brief: 1. Get hands-on practice management experience in your big firm practice. 2. Consider what is attracting you to a smaller centre. 3. Go with your gut. 4. Give back to your small community. 5. Choose your practice areas intelligently. 6. Collaborate with other practitioners. 7. Hang on to your hat… My broader thoughts: I spent the first eight…

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How the legal landscape is shifting in the face of COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed how we approach work and life in a dramatic way and the legal profession is no different. The landscape of legal work has shifted and is actively changing, from access to justice to courtroom practices. This Friday, October 16, the South Asian Bar Association of BC (SABABC) welcomes Rob Danhu, a highly respected criminal lawyer and co-founding partner of the Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group who will discuss the impact of the pandemic on his own practice as well as the South Asian Bar in general. There will be a short Q&A session at the end of the hour long discussion titled “COVID-19, the South Asian Bar and the Changing Landscape of Law”, providing attendees the opportunity to learn from a lawyer of Dhanu’s experience. This is a free event for current members of the SABABC ($10 for…

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For women in law.

We’ll state the obvious and say that we’re here for women lawyers and are invested in the success of their legal careers, period. Life in Law continues to gain inspiration and strength from organizations who are making efforts to keep women in the practice of law, such as the CBA’s Women Lawyers Forum (WLF) and we’re not alone in this.

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Old topic, shared perspectives. Sexual harassment of women in law by clients. How the Us Too report has reinvigorated the conversation.

Moderator: Kim Jakeman, co-founder, Life in Law Panelists: Cynthia B. Kuehl, partner, Lerners Sheila E. Caston, QC, partner, McKerchers Lindsay Johnston, associate, Harper Grey Mandeep Gill, associate, Harper Grey

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The BLSA UBC Chapter assisted 40+ black law students with their law school applications.

Life in Law was proud to support the UBC Chapter of the Black Law Students’ Association (BLSA) and was recently updated on the success of their free LSAT Prep Course. The two free LSAT prep sections for 40+ Black students from British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, were comprised of three sessions on Analytical Reasoning and one session each on Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning for a total of five class days over August and September. The students were instructed by three Black legal professionals who also shared their experiences in Law. Student’s gained valuable knowledge regarding the law school application process and law school in general, in addition to an invaluable confidence to take with them as they prepare for LSATs and careers ahead. We’re happy to hear the BLSA UBC Chapter is now planning on holding a session in…

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