Women’s Legal Mentorship Program Announces New Additions to Board of Directors

The Women’s Legal Mentorship Program (“WLMP”) has doubled the size of its Board of Directors since its incorporation. “It’s very gratifying to see the WLMP grow from a pilot project into a not-for-profit. I am confident that the WLMP Board will build on the success of the pilot project and really focus on addressing the issue of the retention of women in the law,” says Charlotte Wolters, WLMP Founder and outgoing Board Chair.

The WLMP Board includes lawyers and students-at-law from across Canada representing both smaller and larger law firms, sole proprietors and the academic sphere. The following women have been appointed to the current WLMP Board of Directors:

  • Colleen Arsenault, Beard Winter LLP
  • Jaan Boban, Oslers, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Gabriella Nudo, Corporate Immigration Law Firm (Student-at-Law)
  • Jennifer Reid, Beard Winter LLP
  • Ashley Timm, Smith Valeriote LLP

The new WLMP Board Chair and Executive Committee will be announced in early November. For a listing of the current WLMP Board click here.

The WLMP — the first of its kind in Canada — aims to shift the culture of the legal profession and increase the retention of women in the law by helping female law students and WLMP Alumna develop their mentorship and leadership skills and establish networks that grow with them throughout their legal careers from the classroom to the courtroom and beyond.

The WLMP is a national not-for-profit that partners with Canadian law schools to provide comprehensive, feminist legal mentorship and professional skills development programming. In 2011, the WLMP piloted its first university Chapter at the University of Ottawa. Currently, the WLMP is working to partner and expand its program to other Canadian law schools.

 

Launch of ‘Feminist Law Reform 101’/Lancement de “Réforme féministe du droit 101”

You are invited to attend the launch of the National Association of Women and the Law Charitable Trusts’ new applied course on feminist law reform: ‘Feminist Law Reform 101’.  The launch and reception will take place on Wednesday November 2nd, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Alex Trebek Alumni Hall, 157 Séraphin-Marion Private, at the University of Ottawa.

This new online open-access and fully bilingual course draws on the expertise of feminist lawyers, activists and others actively engaged in the law reform process and provides a “tool-kit” for pursuing systemic legislative change. Topics covered include interacting with the executive branch and MPs, making effective use of the media, and working in coalitions.  The course combines readings with short video clips and suggested discussion questions in an interactive format designed for use in both classroom and non-classroom settings.  The course can be accessed here following the launch.

Please RSVP before October 28th by e-mailing anne.levesque@uottawa.ca . Feel free to share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in attending and we look forward to seeing you on November 2nd


Nous vous invitons à assister au lancement du nouveau cours appliqué sur la réforme féministe du droit intitulé : « Réforme du droit féministe 101 » du Fonds pour la recherche et l’éducation de l’Association nationale Femmes et Droit. Le lancement, suivi d’une réception, auront lieu le mercredi 2 novembre, de 18 h à 20 h, au Pavillon des diplômés Alex-Trebek, 157, Séraphin-Marion privé à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Il s’agit d’un tout nouveau cours en ligne d’accès ouvert et complètement bilingue qui se fonde sur l’expertise de juristes, de militantes et d’autres féministes activement engagées dans le processus de réforme du droit. Le cours se veut une sorte de « boîte à outils » permettant de développer les compétences nécessaires pour faire avancer les droits à l’égalité. Les sujets abordés comprennent notamment l’interaction avec des représentant(e)s du gouvernement et des députés, le recours efficace aux médias, et le travail au sein de coalitions. Ce cours combine des lectures avec de brefs clips vidéo et propose des questions à débat dans un format interactif susceptible d’être utilisé aussi bien en salle de classe que dans d’autres cadres. Après son lancement, le cours sera accessible ici.

Prière de répondre par courriel avant le 28 octobre à : anne.levesque@uottawa.ca. N’hésitez pas à diffuser cette invitation parmi votre entourage et auprès de toute personne susceptible de vouloir assister à ce lancement. Nous espérons vous voir en grand nombre le 2 novembre !

Shirley E. Greenberg Receives Friend of the WLMP Award

WLMP/PMDFThe Women’s Legal Mentorship Program (“WLMP”) marked the completion of its 5-year pilot project by recognizing trailer blazers and emerging legal leaders at the annual WLMP Legal Leaders Breakfast hosted by the WLMP’s uOttawa Chapter.

Shirley E. Greenberg is the first recipient of the Friend of the WLMP Award. This award recognizes a WLMP legal mentor, ally organization or supporter for their dedication to women’s legal mentorship and work to increase the retention of women in the law.

Shirley E. Greenberg is a trailblazer. Her legacy of both advocating for and supporting women’s organizations across Ontario has improved the lives of countless women.  She is a strong feminist advocate, who recognized early on the need for programming that directly addresses the issue of women and their legal careers.  As a result, she championed women’s issues and supported programming aimed at increasing the role of women in the law.” says Charlotte Wolters, Founder of the WLMP.

In addition to the Friend of the WLMP Award, Alexandra (Sasha) Toten was awarded the WLMP’s Emerging Legal Leader Award. The WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award is bestowed on a WLMP Alumna for her ongoing dedication to upholding WLMP mentorship principles and her dedication to the retention of women in the law.

Since graduating from law school and the WLMP Program, Ms. Toten continues to mentor women in the first years of their law careers.  She is also a registered WLMP Legal mentor as well as volunteering on the Executive of the Young Women in Law (YWL), in addition to practicing law at Minden Gross LLP in Toronto.

“It’s wonderful to see what started as thought experiment really take off.  With the completion of the WLMP’s 5-year pilot project, the WLMP Board is hoping to expand. Given the access to justice issues, it’s more important than ever to ensure that women continue their legal careers. Addressing this issue needs to start at the law school level. WLMP Alumna like Ms. Toten are an example of how the WLMP’s unique programming offered in law schools can help female law students take on mentorship and leadership roles beyond the classroom and into practice.” says Ms. Wolters.

The WLMP also announced the creation of its Founder’s Award, which will be bestowed in 2017 and also the WLMP Peer Mentor award, which will be awarded to a WLMP student mentor next year.

The WLMP — the first of its kind in Canada —  is a national not-for-profit that aims to shift the culture of the legal profession and increase the retention of women in the law by helping female law students and WLMP Alumna develop their mentorship and leadership skills and establish networks that grow with them throughout their legal careers from the classroom to the courtroom and beyond.

In 2011, the WLMP piloted its first university Chapter at the University of Ottawa. Currently, the WLMP is working to partner and expand its program to other Canadian law schools.

In Ottawa? Well WLMP Legal Leaders Breakfast is on us!

The WLMP Legal Leaders Breakfast is open to all WLMP participants and WLMP mentors from the legal community. This breakfast is a great opportunity to socialize and support each other.

We are glad to have Alicia Natividad join us. Ms. Natividad will be accepting the Friend of the WLMP Award on behalf of Shirley E. Greenberg. In additional to her legal practice, Ms. Natividad is an activist and philanthropist, devoting her time to supporting women, her Philippine heritage, and her community. She has received numerous awards for her contributions, including the Order of Ottawa (2015), The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and The Province of Ontario Leading Women, Building Communities Award (2012).

Come join us for a wonderful breakfast as we celebrate women lawyers, mentors, WLMP Alumna and more!

If you are interested in volunteering that day please click here: https://goo.gl/forms/1XB5a6VtDHs3bHVh2

Come join us for a wonderful breakfast as we celebrate women lawyers, mentors, WLMP Alumna and more!
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Petit-déjeuner des leaders juridiques!

Ce déjeuner gratuit est offert à toutes les participantes du PMDF, le corps professoral ainsi que les mentores juristes.

Mme Alicia Natividad sera notre conférencière invitée qui acceptera Friend of the WLMP Award au nom de Mme Shirley E. Greenberg. En plus de sa pratique juridique, Mme Natividad est une activiste et une philanthrope. Elle a reçu de nombreux prix pour ses contributions à soutenir les femmes, son héritage philippin et sa communauté. (http://anatividad.ca/)

Venez nous joindre pour un merveilleux petit-déjeuner pour célébrer les femmes juristes, mentors, les anciennes du PMDF et encore plus!

Learn everything about the WLMP uOttawa Chapter / Venez apprendre au sujet du PMDF uOttawa Chapitre

uottawa-orientationWLMP Orientation

Date: Wednesday September 21, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM
Location: FTX 147B
Learn everything about us: who we are, what we do and why you should join us. This information session will explain the WLMP Peer Mentorship Program, the Student-Lawyer Program, and the nuts and bolts of the mentorship experience. Application forms for the program will be available at this event. This event is not to be missed!
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Séance d’orientation du PMDF

Date: le mercredi 21 septembre 2016
Durée: 11 h 30 à 12 h 50
Lieu: FTX 147B
Venez apprendre au sujet du PMDF: qui nous sommes, qu’est-ce qu’on fait et les raisons pour lesquelles se joindre à nous. Cette séance d’information expliquera le programme de mentorat entre pairs et le programme de mentorat étudiante-juriste du PMDF. Les formulaires pour les programmes seront disponibles lors de cette session. Cet évènement est à ne pas manquer!