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OBA celebrates International Women’s Day with free Women Lawyers Forum membership

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 1:05 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

To mark International Women’s Day, the Ontario Bar Association is encouraging members to join its Women Lawyers Forum by offering free membership.

Normally, the cost to join is $50, but that is being waived until March 31, 2018.

“I don’t think anyone can deny the seismic shift happening for women today, and I’m really proud of the fact that the Women Lawyers Forum has been leading conversations about gender parity and equality in the profession for so many years,” said OBA president Quinn Ross.

“On International Women’s Day, I challenge all OBA members to get involved in women’s issues and join the OBA’s Women Lawyers Forum.”  

The forum is a specialty group of professionals who critically examine how the law affects women in society. Among the forum’s accomplishments is the “Pathways to Power” series, which was designed to help women succeed in certain areas of the law. The forum also contributes to policy submissions that affect women in the legal profession, runs mentoring events and collaborates with other leaders in the profession including the Law Society of Ontario, the Women’s Law Association of Ontario and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund.

“Women’s issues have never been more relevant to our profession — they impact our members, our clients, the way we practise, our workplaces and our families,” said Lynne Vicars, OBA first vice-president.

“As the largest voluntary organization of Ontario lawyers, we have an important role to play in advancing women’s issues within the profession.”