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President’s Award Winner-The Honourable Madame Justice Abella

Join the Women’s Law Association of Ontario on June 12, 2019 at the Rosewater as we celebrate the 2019 President’s, Student and Young Lawyer Award recipients!
We are honoured to present the 2019 President’s Award to the Honourable Madam Justice Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada for her contribution to the legal community, commitment to the promotion of women in law, and advancement of equality and diversity in the legal profession.
Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004 and is the Senior Judge on the Court. She attended the University of Toronto (BA 1967, LLB 1970). She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1972 and practiced civil and criminal litigation until 1976, when she was appointed to the Ontario Family Court at the age of 29, the youngest and first pregnant person appointed to the judiciary in Canada. She later served on the Ontario Court of Appeal for 12 years. She chaired the Ontario Law Reform Commission and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Justice Abella was the sole Commissioner and author of the 1984 Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, creating the term and concept of “employment equity.” She was the Boulton Visiting Professor at McGill Law School from 1988 to 1992, where she taught jurisprudence, administrative law, and constitutional law. She is a elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in classical piano, was a judge of the Giller Literary Prize, has written over 90 articles, and authored or co-edited four books on a variety of legal topics. Justice Abella chaired the Rhodes Selection Committee for Ontario and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Classical Piano. She has 39 honourary degrees.
She is married to Canadian historian Irving Abella: They have two sons, both lawyers. She is the first Jewish woman and the first refugee appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

New!! Chappell Partners LLP/June Bushell Award for Lawyers

New!! Chappell Partners LLP/June Bushell Award

Submission deadline: May 27th, 2019

This award acknowledges a lawyer who, like June Bushell, experienced and overcame adversity in pursuing a career in law and, despite that adversity, is making a positive contribution through her legal practice.

The award is open to female lawyers with 5 or more years of practice. The recipient will determine to which registered charity a donation of $1000 will be made in her name.

The Applicant’s letter to the reviewing panel should set out her circumstances and be accompanied by two letters of support/reference attesting to the challenges facing, or faced by, the Applicant and her contributions to her clients, community, or the practice of law. These documents should be sent to the WLAO by email to wlao@cogeco.ca no later than May 27, 2019 with the Applicant’s contact information.

The award will be presented in Toronto at the WLAO Awards night on June 12, 2019. The recipient will be invited to a luncheon with the partners of Chappell Partners LLP on a date mutually agreed upon.

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2019 Annual Awards

2019 President’s Award Nominations and Student Awards Applications are now open. President’s Award deadline March 30th and all Student Awards deadline April 30th.

Save the Date!! The Award Gala is scheduled for June 12, 2019 at the Rosewater Room in Toronto.

President’s Award
The WLAO President’s Award recognizes a woman who has made a substantial contribution to the legal community as an academic, adjudicator, litigator, solicitor, author, or related profession. The recipient must demonstrate a commitment to the promotion of women in the law and be recognized as a leader. Encompassing the ideals of the Women’s Law Association, the recipient of the President’s Award will be engaged, aware and connected to issues, substantive and personal, facing women in the legal profession today. The Award may also be presented to a firm or organization exemplifying the ideals for which it is given.

Download Nomination Form (deadline March 30, 2019)

General Counsel Chapter Award
Nomination deadline: March 30, 2019

The WLAO General Counsel Chapter Award, established in 2015, recognizes a member of the General Counsel Chapter for her leadership role and commitment to the success of women in law. Awarded internally.

The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award
Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year

The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award recognizes female law students who exemplify the drive and determination to achieve a law degree after having spent time in the workforce.

  • Currently enrolled in an Ontario law school (include transcripts and a CV);
  • A defined need for financial assistance (to be determined at law school with supporting documentation); and
  • An essay of no less than 200 words explaining the above, her past experiences and her future goals.

As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area. This award will be administered through the WLAO and Ontario law schools with final selection by a panel consisting of the Honourable Sandra Chapnik and two WLAO board members.

Annual Award Amount: $1,000

Download Application form

Avril A. Farlam Advocacy Award
Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year

The Avril A. Farlam Advocacy Award is designed to recognize outstanding participation in the legal clinic program of any one of the Ontario law schools to be determined by:

  • Academic achievement (ie. marks);
  • A copy of applicants CV (curriculum vitae), and;
  • Essay of no more than 200 words describing how the applicant believes the legal clinic experience will make her a better lawyer

As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area.

Annual Award Amount: $1,000

Download Application Form

Aird & Berlis Equality Award
Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year

The Women’s Law Association of Ontario and Aird & Berlis LLP Equality Award is designed to recognize a woman law student who has dedicated her time and talents to advancing equality rights. The recipient will receive a monetary award of $1000.00. The recipient of the award will demonstrate the following characteristics (for details see application form):

female registered, in good standing, at an Ontario faculty of law and studying for an LL.B, J.D. or LL.M.; and
a record of dedication to advancing equality rights (such as, but not limited to religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, mental health, refugee, aboriginal, minority and HIV/AIDS victim’s rights).
As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area. Funds are available for accommodation and travel costs to Toronto for the recipient to attend the Awards dinner.

To obtain an application form please contact your law school’s Career Services office or contact Women’s Law Association of Ontario directly.

Download Application Form

Torkin Manes LLP Trailblazer Award
Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year

Torkin Manes LLP and WLAO have established the Trailblazer Award to recognize a female law student for her leadership role in business and the law (this could be corporate/commercial, not-for-profit, or entrepreneurial). This award is given to a student that best exemplifies the qualities of effective business leadership, innovatively applied know-how, and potential for growth. The award (with a monetary award of $1,000) will be presented at a gala dinner in June 2018.

The recipient of this award will demonstrate the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • female student registered in 2nd or 3rd year and in good standing at an Ontario faculty of law, and studying for a J.D. or LL.M. (the successful candidate will likely be enrolled in a joint J.D./LL.M. and MBA degree program);
  • an acknowledged leader, actively demonstrating the promotion of women in business;
    exceptional legal expertise and proven business acumen; and
  • demonstrates an entrepreneurial and business focused spirit, with a strong sense of how to put a project or idea into action.

Please return completed application form along with a letter of merit (not to exceed two pages) outlining the candidate’s qualifications for this award. If appropriate, please provide supporting documentation (i.e. letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae).

Download Application form

2018 Annual Award Winners…

Congratulations to all of our 2018 Annual Award Winners who received their awards at our fantastic Gala dinner on June 13th at the Rosewater in Toronto.

President’s Award Winner – Arleen Huggins, Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP.

General Counsel Chapter Award Winner – Judy Naiberg, VP, Legal & Business Affairs, Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.

And our five student award winners:

The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award went to Katie Akey, Bora Laskin School of Law at Lakehead University;

The Avril Farlam Advocacy Award was presented to Stephanie Fong, University of Windsor Law School;

The Aird & Berlis LLP/WLAO Equality Award was presented to TWO women this year, Heather Donkers from Osgoode Hall Law School, and Ava Nicole Williams from the University of Western Ontario School of Law; and,

The Torkin Manes LLP/WLAO Trailblazer Award was awarded to Sarah Firestone from the University of Toronto School of Law, accepted by her parents at the dinner.

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Join us in Congratulating Arleen Huggins winner of the 2018 Annual President’s Award at the June 13th Award Night

Women’s Law Association of Ontario is very pleased to announce the 2018 President’s Award will be presented to Arleen Huggins.

Arleen Huggins is a recognized leader in the promotion and advancement of racialized women in the law; applying the intersectionality of race and gender. Ms. Huggins has made a sustained contribution to the legal community through mentoring, advocating and volunteering. She has volunteered in a leadership role with various equity seeking organizations including CABL, the CBA, the OBA, Doctors without Borders and LEAF. She is a partner at Koskie Minsky and heads up the Firm’s Employment Law Group. She has recently been appointed as an Independent Expert Reviewer by the Secretary of the Cabinet for the Ontario Public Service for complex Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Program cases. Ms. Huggins was co-counsel for LEAF before the Supreme Court of Canada in the 1993 decision of Weatherall v. Canada (Attorney General), SCC, August 12, 1993.

The WLAO President’s Award recognizes a woman, firm or organization who has made a substantial contribution to the legal community and as a recognized leader, demonstrates a commitment to the promotion of women in the law: engaged, aware and connected to issues, substantive and personal, facing women in the legal profession today.

2018 Annual Awards Gala
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
6:00pm reception; 6:45pm dinner (cash bar)
Rosewater Room, 19 Toronto Street, Toronto

 

At the Award Gala, WLAO will recognise the winner of the 2018 WLAO General Counsel Chapter Award, Judy G. Naiberg, VP, Legal & Business Affairs, Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. As a founding member of the WLAO General Counsel Chapter and the Women General Counsel of Canada, Judy’s dedication to supporting women in law has had a great impact on creating a more equal and inclusive legal community.

We will also present our partnered student awards including the Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award, the Avril Farlam Advocacy Award, the Aird & Berlis LLP/WLAO Equality Award, and the Torkin Manes LLP/WLAO Trailblazer Award.

We hope you can join us at our celebration honouring fantastic women and their remarkable accomplishments!

Thank you to our Award Partners:

Register now!

 

 

 

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2018 Awards

2018 President’s Award and Student Awards Applications are now open. President’s Award deadline March 16th and all Student Awards deadline April 30th.

President’s Award
The WLAO President’s Award recognizes a woman who has made a substantial contribution to the legal community as an academic, adjudicator, litigator, solicitor, author, or related profession. The recipient must demonstrate a commitment to the promotion of women in the law and be recognized as a leader. Encompassing the ideals of the Women’s Law Association, the recipient of the President’s Award will be engaged, aware and connected to issues, substantive and personal, facing women in the legal profession today. The Award may also be presented to a firm or organization exemplifying the ideals for which it is given.

Download Nomination Form (deadline March 16, 2018)

General Counsel Chapter Award
Nomination deadline: March 30, 2018

The WLAO General Counsel Chapter Award, established in 2015, recognizes a member of the General Counsel Chapter for her leadership role and commitment to the success of women in law.

The first presentation of this award was to Norie Campbell of the TD Bank Group in June 2015. The 2016 recipient of the award was Dorothy Quann of Xerox Canada. The recipient of the 2017 award was Doris Stamml, Chief General Counsel at Ernst & Young.

The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award
Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year

The Honourable Sandra Chapnik Women-in-Law Award recognizes female law students who exemplify the drive and determination to achieve a law degree after having spent time in the workforce.

  • Currently enrolled in an Ontario law school (include transcripts and a CV);
  • A defined need for financial assistance (to be determined at law school with supporting documentation); and
  • An essay of no less than 200 words explaining the above, her past experiences and her future goals.

As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area. This award will be administered through the WLAO and Ontario law schools with final selection by a panel consisting of the Honourable Sandra Chapnik and two WLAO board members.

Annual Award Amount: $1,000

Download Application form

Avril A. Farlam Advocacy Award
Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year

The Avril A. Farlam Advocacy Award is designed to recognize outstanding participation in the legal clinic program of any one of the Ontario law schools to be determined by:

  • Academic achievement (ie. marks);
  • A copy of applicants CV (curriculum vitae), and;
  • Essay of no more than 200 words describing how the applicant believes the legal clinic experience will make her a better lawyer

As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area.

Annual Award Amount: $1,000

Download Application Form

Aird & Berlis Equality Award
Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year

The Women’s Law Association of Ontario and Aird & Berlis LLP Equality Award is designed to recognize a woman law student who has dedicated her time and talents to advancing equality rights. The recipient will receive a monetary award of $1000.00. The recipient of the award will demonstrate the following characteristics (for details see application form):

female registered, in good standing, at an Ontario faculty of law and studying for an LL.B, J.D. or LL.M.; and
a record of dedication to advancing equality rights (such as, but not limited to religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, mental health, refugee, aboriginal, minority and HIV/AIDS victim’s rights).
As a guest of honour at the WLAO Annual Awards dinner in June, the recipient will receive her award and have the opportunity to meet many influential and successful women lawyers, legal educators, and judges from the Toronto area. Funds are available for accommodation and travel costs to Toronto for the recipient to attend the Awards dinner.

To obtain an application form please contact your law school’s Career Services office or contact Women’s Law Association of Ontario directly.

Download Application Form

Torkin Manes LLP Trailblazer Award
Submissions deadline: April 30th of the current year

Torkin Manes LLP and WLAO have established the Trailblazer Award to recognize a female law student for her leadership role in business and the law (this could be corporate/commercial, not-for-profit, or entrepreneurial). This award is given to a student that best exemplifies the qualities of effective business leadership, innovatively applied know-how, and potential for growth. The award (with a monetary award of $1,000) will be presented at a gala dinner in June 2018.

The recipient of this award will demonstrate the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • female student registered in 2nd or 3rd year and in good standing at an Ontario faculty of law, and studying for a J.D. or LL.M. (the successful candidate will likely be enrolled in a joint J.D./LL.M. and MBA degree program);
  • an acknowledged leader, actively demonstrating the promotion of women in business;
    exceptional legal expertise and proven business acumen; and
  • demonstrates an entrepreneurial and business focused spirit, with a strong sense of how to put a project or idea into action.

Please return completed application form along with a letter of merit (not to exceed two pages) outlining the candidate’s qualifications for this award. If appropriate, please provide supporting documentation (i.e. letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae).

Download Application form

The Honourable Sandra Chapnik to be appointed to the Order of Ontario

WLAO congratulates life member and long time supporter The Honourable Sandra Chapnik on her appointment to the Order of Ontario.

The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond. Order members come from all walks of life, represent diverse professions and have played an important role in shaping our province.

The Lieutenant Governor will bestow the honour to the newest appointees during an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park on February 27, 2018.

https://news.ontario.ca/mci/en/2018/01/the-2017-appointees-to-the-order-of-ontario.html

Winter Warm-Up Cabaret – February 8, 2018

We hope you’ll join us for our Winter Warm-Up Cabaret on Thursday February 8, 2018 at the Albany Club. The WLAO is proud to present Superstar cabaret performer Sharron Matthews—winner of the award for Best Cabaret Performance in 2015 by Broadway World. Sharron Matthews has also been named best cabaret performer by Now Magazine and Woman of the Year by The New Current in the UK. You may also know Sharron Matthews for her role as Flo in the Frankie Drake Mysteries on CBC. Sharron will have us laughing all evening!
Put the date in your calendar now as the event is sure to sell out! The evening will be a great opportunity for networking, seeing colleagues and warming-up from the winter deep-freeze over dinner.

Members: This is a perfect opportunity to renew your WLAO membership and take advantage of the reduced pricing for WLAO members at the Winter Warm-Up Cabaret. Please take the time now to renew your membership and get your ticket to join us on February 8th.

Support WLAO: There are sponsorship opportunities available for this fabulous event! Place your unique brand at our glamorous event and show your support for WLAO!

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