For Women in Law By Women in Law

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Life in Law Advisor Spotlight – Say Hello to Mandeep Gill

”My one piece of advice to up and coming lawyers is a legal career is a marathon not a sprint; you can take your own path. Don’t quit just because you are on a different path than those around you. I volunteer as an Advisor because it is important for women to support women. I want to see more women like me stay in law.” -Mandeep Gill, Life in Law Advisor and Associate 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…

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Dear LiL – How do I get ahead if I don’t like traditionally male marketing activities like hockey and golf? Signed ~ The Big Schmooze

Dear The Big Schmooze: When I was first called to the Bar, there were seemingly three business development activities you could do with a client that the firm would approve no questions asked – a lunch, a hockey game or a round of golf.

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Dear LiL – My offices won’t be opening for at least another few months and I am still working from home… a lot. I feel like I am edging towards burnout. Any suggestions on how to cope? ~ Signed Cooped Up

Dear Cooped Up: First of all, we want you to know you are not alone. Many of us working from home find that the line between our personal and work time has blurred and it seems we are tending to invest a lot more time on the work side.

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Guest Blogger, Nicole Garton of Heritage Law, shares tips and strategies on successfully maintaining a law practice while juggling motherhood, family and community commitments.

On January 22, 2020 I was delighted to present at the CBABC Women’s Law Forum Victoria section meeting on new ways of practicing law to facilitate keeping women in practice. While women have been participating in the legal profession in BC in equal or greater numbers than men for more than a decade, we represent only about 34 percent of all practicing lawyers in the province and only about 29 per cent of lawyers in full-time practice, according to the Law Society of BC. These numbers represent a lot of lost talent. This is such an important issue and I was so pleased to learn about the unique Life in Law initiative that was established to provide a solution that goes beyond traditional approaches to help lower the attrition rate of women lawyers. There are many synergies between Life and…

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Dear LiL – any tips on transitioning from private practice to in-house counsel or back? Signed ~ Hoping to Take a Leap

Dear Hoping to Take a Leap: Speaking from personal experience, I had mixed feelings about leaving private practice to go in-house in 2009. While I was excited about new opportunities and (with a then toddler and a preschooler at home) the promise of a better work life balance, I felt I was giving up on private practice and the traditional path towards partnership. Like many, I think I had a healthy dose of impostor syndrome in not fully recognizing my value as a lawyer beyond billable hours and attracting new clients.

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