For Women in Law By Women in Law

The format of our Blog is unique. It was created as a place to ask questions and to read real-life stories to learn and grow from. Our advisors have a wonderful mix of experience and are eager to share their insights on the issues women in the profession face and the topics many do not feel comfortable broaching. Step into our Blog and learn how to enhance your career and personal – and professional – lives.

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“Dear LiL: Law hasn’t always been my passion, in fact I started out in a completely different career! After having a change of heart, I completed my JD and have started articling with a great firm. While I know the path I chose is the right one, I’m surrounded by other articling students and people who have “always known” they wanted to be a lawyer and find myself shying away from discussing my past. Does my previous experience hold any value to my future legal career and how can I use this to my advantage?” Signed ~ Change of Heart

Dear Change of Heart, Life never turns out like we plan, does it? I also started out in a different career before I discovered that law was my passion. I completed my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and quickly realized that nursing was not the best fit for me. When I entered law school it was intimidating to be surrounded by so many people who had always had a passion for law. I wondered, “am I in the right place?”, “is this another degree I won’t like?”, “did I completely waste the last five years of my life?”. Thank goodness, the answers have been “yes”, “no” and “no”.

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Gender Discrimination in Leadership Positions: When one of us loses, we all lose

This is not an uplifting story. It is, however, an important one to tell. Many still believe that highly skilled women occupying leadership positions in Canada are immune to gender-based discrimination. Sadly, this is not the case. To move the needle, we need to take an honest look at where it currently sits, as disappointed as that may leave us.

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On Being a Woman, a Lawyer, and a Leader

I was asked to write this blog some time ago but hesitated for reasons that were not entirely or immediately clear to me. Reflecting on it, I really think it was because I was afraid to be honest about what it took for me to become a leader in my firm, a firm that undeniably supported me to become part of its management team.

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How to become a better lawyer by learning from those you teach.

What is “reverse learning” and how can we apply it?

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We are delighted to announce that Kim Jakeman, co-founder of Life In Law and Harper Grey partner, has been awarded a 2021 Stronger Together Women in Law Leadership Award

We are delighted to announce that Kim Jakeman, co-founder of Life In Law and Harper Grey partner, has been awarded a 2021 Stronger Together Women in Law Leadership Award.

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