Gender Parity and Diversity in Private Practice

Diversity in the Legal Profession Video
  • 0 Substantive Hours
  • 1 Professionalism Hours
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Session Overview

An increasing awareness is being given to the need for diversity and representation within the legal profession. This programming series seeks to uncover many different issues that arise under this theme and understand the intersection of diverse lived experiences. What is diversity? Where does the push and promotion for diversity begin? Can we create better policies that speak to the representation and retention of women and the diminution of sexual harassment or discrimination?  How can we reach equal diversity on boards and among partners? Is there an adversarial nature to the legal profession that is at odds with measures and policies focused on equality, work/life balance and better hiring and promotional practices?

In this webinar, Cynthia Petersen and Lisa Munro discuss the many facets of attaining parity in a private firm, and the ways that both management and legal practitioners can change the policies and work culture that have historically contributed to sexism. The webinar reviews the change in Professionalism rules around sexual discrimination and harassment, explores intersectionality, advises on the retention of women, the policies on leave and the bottom line for firms, gives tips on how to increase diversity in the workplace and Cynthia speaks to her time and experience working as Discrimination and Harassment Counsel.

This 1 hour webinar is accredited for 1 hour of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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  • Diversity in the Legal Profession
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