March 4, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Supporting women in the legal professions and judiciary in the age of COVID-19

Statistics show that the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have had a regressive effect on gender equality. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted female and racialized lawyers and paralegals. Across the world, more women are facing increased domestic violence, unpaid care duties, unemployment and poverty. Women with children are more likely to leave the labour force than men. Our speakers will share their unique experiences, challenges, success stories, and strategies to better accommodate and support women, with perspectives ranging from new called licensees to the judiciary.



Justice Lori Anne Thomas
Ontario Court of Justice

Dawn Desjardins
Vice President, Deputy Chief Economist, RBC

Christa Big Canoe
Legal Director, Aboriginal Legal Services

Nicole Biros-Bolton
Feminist Social Justice Lawyer/Associate, Ross & McBride LLP


Pam Hrick - Facilitator
Executive Director & General Counsel, LEAF

This program contains 1 hour and 30 minutes of EDI Professionalism Content.

To register for this virtual event, please click here.  You will receive the link to the webcast a few days in advance of the program.

Please note that the Law Society of Ontario makes reasonable accommodations to enable persons with disabilities to attend and participate in its programs, including providing auxiliary aids and services upon request and removing architectural and communication barriers that are structural in nature where readily achievable.  To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact In order for the Law Society to be able to make the necessary arrangements for accommodation, we require that you provide your request for accommodation at least a week (7 days) prior to the program date.



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