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Student Advocacy/Community Contribution Awards: (due April 20)

Two awards, detailed below.  One requires application, the other nomination.  Apply, encourage someone else, or tell your school about a woman who deserves nomination.


2012 Aird & Berlis LLP/WLAO Advocacy Award
In 2007, Aird & Berlis LLP and WLAO established an annual award to be granted to a female law student for her
efforts in an advocacy project advancing equality rights. This award will provide the recipient with resources and
guidance in launching her proposed project and includes a monetary award of $1000.00.

The recipient of the award will demonstrate the following characteristics:
• female registered, in good standing, at an Ontario faculty of law and studying for an LL.B, J.D. or LL.M.;
• enduring dedication, inspiring leadership and passionate advocacy for equality rights (such as, but not limited
to gender, sexual orientation, disability, refugee, aboriginal, minority and HIV/AIDS victim’s rights).
The following is a non-exhaustive list of the types of projects an applicant should have or have had an active
involvement in to be eligible for this award:
• volunteer work at a clinic, non-profit organization, government office or within the law school community;
• academic endeavors such as journals, articles, papers, theses, research or projects; and
• community outreach programs.

Applicants must submit the application form a project proposal and a letter of merit.  More information, details and contacts on the form.

Applications must be received by April 20, 2012


2012 McCarthy Tétrault/WLAO Community Contribution Award (Nomination)
Since 2005 McCarthy Tétrault LLP and WLAO annually select one student to receive an award for Contribution to
Community. If there is a female student registered with your Law School who deserves this award, we invite
you to submit a nomination. (This probably means that if you know someone you think deserves this award, you should bring her to the attention of a member of your school’s senior staff or administration – SL)

Nomination form available here.
The recipient of the award will demonstrate the following qualifications and characteristics:
* female registered in 1st, 2nd or 3rd year, and in good standing at an Ontario facultyof law, and studying for an L L.B or LL.M.;
* a record of significant contribution to the advancement of women studying law; and,
* a well-rounded student actively involved in, and committed to, her community.
The successful candidate will receive her award at a special dinner and have the opportunity to meet many
influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges. The recipient will also be invited to visit
the firm of McCarthy Tétrault LLP to speak with practicing lawyers in a business environment. The financial
aspect of the award is $1000.00.

Nomination forms must be received before April 20, 2012


H/T Ronda Bessner

WLAO presents: You’re a Lawyer – Now What? 5th Annual Alternative Careers for Women in Law Program


My colleague Assistant Dean Ronda Bessner sent me this – thanks Ronda!

Click here to register online.

You’re a Lawyer – Now What?

5th Annual Alternative Careers for Women in Law Program

Hosted by the Women’s Law Association of Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Law Society of Upper Canada – Donald Lamont Learning Centre

130 Queen St. West, Toronto

5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

(Enter through the east doors facing Toronto City Hall)

Ready for a career change or just interested in learning about the hidden opportunities in law? Join us and our panels of successful and influential lawyers who have made their mark:

The Honourable Laurel Broten – Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
Debra Campbell, Philanthropic Advisor
Terrie-Lynne Devonish, Chief Counsel for Aon Canada
Bryna Goldberg, Retired Executive Vice-President and General Counsel at Shoppers Drug Mart® and Director of Second Cup®
Maria McDonald, Bioethicist and Privacy Officer at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

NEW THIS YEAR! – We are hosting a SECOND panel featuring four experts who will field your career questions:

Ritu Bhasin – Bhasin Consulting Inc.

Carrie Heller – The Heller Group

Anita Lerek – Advocate Placement Ltd.

Rebecca Toth – ZSA Legal Recruitment

Cost for Members/Students: $45.20 (includes HST)

Non-Members: $56.50 (includes HST)

Buffet dinner included

For more information and to register please call 416-410-7267 or email wlao@cogeco.ca.

Meet the Judges: September 23 WLAO & OBA wine/cheese/talk in Toronto

Ok, Judge Judy won’t be there.  but Justices Feldman, Sachs and Newton will (along with some others, as yet unconfirmed).

The WLAO (Women’s Law Association of Ontario) and the Feminist Legal Analysis Section of the OBA are hosting this panel discussion.  Looks kind of fun, and there’s just so much to discuss now (beyond “what should we wear to court?”).

You can register online, and prices are quite reasonable ($20 for students!).

Joan McDonald and Osgoode’s new Assistant Dean (JD Program) Ronda Bessner are the program Co-Chairs.

Meet the Judges

Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 5:30 pm
OBA Conference Centre, 2nd Floor, 20 Toronto Street | Toronto, Ontario

The OBA and WLAO are pleased to invite you to spend an evening with distinguished women
judges discussing the challenges and keys to success on their path to the bench. The event will
feature a wine and cheese reception, a moderated panel discussion and an interactive Q & A
session to follow. Women recently called to the bar and associates are particularly encouraged to