September 14, 2021 6:00 pm

This past year has brought on significant changes in our day-to-day lives. It has also brought to the forefront the need to acknowledge and discuss the effects of mental health within our profession. Accessing the right supports and implementing supportive policies will require robust dialogue to de-stigmatize mental health illness in the workplace.

To assist with this, WLAO is putting on an event that will include panelists that can discuss their experiences with Mental Health within the legal practice and share how we can create a more inclusive work environment. In the second half of the program participants will join smaller breakout rooms to allow for further discussions. We encourage both senior and junior members to join as your unique perspectives will provide valuable contributions.

This program contains 1 hour and 45 minutes of EDI Professionalism Content



Our Panel:

Asma Bala is an Associate in the Real Property and Planning Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. She holds an MA in Religion in Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University, a BA (Hons) in International Studies from the University of Toronto (Scarborough) and a JD from the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, she worked as Senior Advisor to Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, focusing on trade policy and legislative affairs. Outside of work, Asma sits on the board of Smile Canada, an organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of kids with disabilities, focusing on physical and mental health supports for families from underserved backgrounds.




Erin Durant (she/her) founded Durant Barristers after practicing law as a partner at one of the largest law firms in Canada and at a litigation focused boutique. Erin started her new firm after experiencing mental health challenges during the pandemic.  Erin's dispute resolution experience includes a wide variety of personal injury/insurance matters, defending professionals in negligence claims and disciplinary complaints, real estate disputes, commercial litigation and investigations/reviews of all sorts. She regularly conducts independent investigations and reviews in times of crisis for various organizations.

Erin has experience conducting trials, particularly jury trials, and appeals. She has represented clients in court and before tribunals including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada, applications for leave to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Sport Dispute Resolution Tribunal of Canada, and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. Erin regularly provides barrister services to other lawyers to assist with trials, appeals and other complex situations.


Kara Hardin is a mental health educator and clinician, who works with talent across a variety of sectors and industries to integrate mental health and performance. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas, is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario, and a Certified Co-Active Professional Coach. Kara also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and prior to pursuing work as a mental health educator and clinician, she worked as a corporate and securities lawyer at a top tier Canadian law firm. In her work, Kara draws from a range of clinical orientations, emphasizing relational, feminist, multi-cultural, and strengths-based approaches.



Fee: members free, non-member $25 (or free if you register for membership today!)

When: Sept. 14 from 6-8pm - virtual


September 14, 2021 - Fostering Inclusion: Mental Health in the Workplace


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A discussion about Mental Health within the legal practice and share how we can create a more inclusive work environment. We encourage both senior and junior members to join as your unique perspectives will provide valuable contributions. When: Sept. 14 from 6-8pm - virtual


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