The case for ladies only

In their book Breaking Through: Tales from the Top Canadian Women General Counsel, Kirby Chown and Carrie Mandel interviewed 32 women general counsel, but one interview really illustrated the view of the current generation of female lawyers. One young woman questioned if there is still a need for groups that specifically champion the cause of women.

Similar to WeirFoulds, Lerners LLP also holds a women-focused event every year  and every year attendance has grown. “It’s just another subset of people with whom you have some commonality and it’s nice to have a collegial connection with,” says Gillian Hnatiw, a partner with Lerners in Toronto. “The fact of the matter is even though women are apparently over-represented in law school these days we’re still under-represented in the higher echelons of the profession.

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