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BLSA and the University of Calgary launch new admissions process for black law students.

Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry 1 Application processes are typically created to be streamlined and efficient, boiling the applicant down to a series of canned answers and often failing to capture a holistic picture of the individual applying. This is particularly detrimental to groups of people who are failed to be seen amongst their peers. The Calgary chapter of the Black Law Students’ Association and the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary worked to develop a new admission process for prospective black law students. This process will allow applicants who self-identify as black, to submit an essay speaking to their personal experience and the barriers they have had to overcome. These students will continue to be measured against the same admissions criteria but the new process will allow them to be more visible amongst other applicants…. more

Life in Law Advisor Spotlight – Meet Kim Jakeman!

Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry 1 “My one piece of advice to up and coming women lawyers is to find a support network and use it. Don’t try to make it on your own. I volunteer as an Advisor because I believe women need to support each other in the practice of life and law. We truly are stronger together.” -Kim Jakeman, Life in Law Founder/Advisor and Partner at Harper Grey LLP The Life in Law team is made up of a diverse group of Harper Grey women lawyers who volunteer their time as advisors on a weekly basis answering phone calls, monitoring the live chat on our website and responding to questions through the Dear LiL blog. We are growing organically through word of mouth – and we’d be delighted if you shared our posts with your… more

Dear LiL: I often hear “we do better when we feel better” but this is easier said than done. On top of a full practice and kids, how can I fit exercise into my day too? ~ Fitting in Fitness

Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness”. I believe this to be true. I know as well as anyone that it’s difficult to fit everything into a day. You have work commitments and family commitments that often take priority over your own mental and physical health. Personally, I am selfish when it comes to fitness. I knew from early on in my career that I was going to have to navigate those other commitments tugging at my sleeve because fitness is such a big part of my life. Having said that, the process of getting to where I am was not without feeling guilty. The good news is I don’t feel guilty anymore and I don’t think you should either. Your happiness, health and mental strength, in all aspects… more

Racism and exclusion play a bigger role in Canada’s pandemic response than you think.

Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry When COVID-19 hit earlier this year, it’s safe to say the majority of us struggled with the ensuing chaos in our own way, whether it related to physical health, mental health, reduced income, child care – the list goes on and on. Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry more

Guest Blogger, Jaeda Lee of Harper Grey LLP, shares her thoughts on the importance of using gender-inclusive language in the office.

Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry 1 Like me, you may have noticed the recent increase in people including personal pronouns in their work signature lines or social media bios, which made me think about why this language matters, particularly in workplaces. As I went down this path of discovery, I found “A Guide to Using Pronouns and Other Gender-Inclusive Language in the Office,” by Stav Ziv, to be very helpful. She argues that language is an integral part of helping employees thrive by creating a space where every individual feels they can bring their full selves to work. At the most basic level, correct pronoun use is about recognizing part of someone’s identity. It may seem simple, but it can be very meaningful. As Stav says in her article, small tweaks can lead to better communication for everyone,… more


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