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: I am currently going through the 2L summer recruit, and have noticed that many firms are quick to advertise their various “women groups” as a means of supporting retention of women in private practice. I have to wonder though if these groups, that seem social more than anything, are truly meaningful and impactful in achieving these goals. How do you think law firms can better support women in law and the retention of women in private practice? What sort of programs or initiatives do you think are most impactful?” Signed ~ Make it Meaningful

Dear Make it Meaningful: First off, I understand your apprehension. There have been many important and sensitive issues gaining  media attention in recent years and we have seen organizations and companies jump on the “bandwagon” so to speak, quick to publicly declare their support for one cause or another. While discussions of gender inequality are extremely important,

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“Dear LiL: Can you give some advice for an articled student who wasn’t kept on as an associate in a large law firm environment during COVID and how to navigate this? I am feeling imposter syndrome and burnout from networking.” Signed ~ What Now?

Dear What Now: I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert in the art of “what to do when you’re not hired back” – not because part of my job is managing our firm’s student program, but because I wasn’t hired back after articles either. Like you, I articled at a large firm during a tumultuous time. For me, it was the 2008 financial crisis. Despite making connections with lawyers at the firm, working hard, and, by all accounts, doing good work, I was not offered an associate position. Not getting hired back was a big blow to my confidence. The fact that I logically knew we were in the midst of a global financial crisis did not cushion the blow. Neither did the fact that so many of my classmates also were not hired back that year. Like…

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How to Thrive in (and Not Just Survive) a Lengthy Trial

We are delighted to welcome our latest Guest Blogger, Olena Gavrilova to discuss her strategies for success when it comes to thriving (and not just surviving) a lengthy trial.

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When it Comes to Empowering Women, Are We Lacking the Male Voice?

Guest Blogger, Jaeda Lee, returns to the Dear LiL Blog to share her thoughts on an event she recently attended focused on the importance of having women in positions of leadership in law. I recently had the pleasure of attending a virtual event hosted by the Vancouver Bar Association entitled “Empowering Women”. The keynote speaker for the event, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, could not have been a more perfect choice for the role as she was the first woman Chief Justice of Canada.

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“Dear LiL: I will be starting my articles soon and I am very nervous. I don’t know what to expect. Do you have any advice for me starting my articles at the tail-end of the pandemic?” Signed ~ Searching for Guidance

Dear Searching for Guidance: Congratulations on securing articles, and for completing law school during a global pandemic! You have already accomplished a lot and should be proud of yourself. The pandemic has impacted us all in so many different ways. For example, I was not expecting to write my final law school exam in my bedroom nor was I expecting to work-from-home for most of my articles. While I am sure this isn’t the articling experience you expected, know that you are not alone. Starting a new role is nerve-wracking. Starting a new chapter in your life in a global pandemic – well that is another beast all together. The last nine months for me have been interesting, to say the least. Articling is a rigorous experience. Covid-19 added another level of complexity which I was not expecting. However, at…

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