Free Upcoming Workshop: Why Women Leave the Law

December 7, 2012

The BC Lawyers Assistance Program’s Options for Lawyers Workgroup has announced the theme of its December meeting: “Why Women Leave the Law”.

This free workshop will be held December 19, 2012 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at 1080 Mainland Street, suite 415. Registration is not required. From the event listing:

“This is a workshop where we will discuss the continued attrition rate of female lawyers and examine the data documenting their departures. The facilitator recently completed a master’s thesis research study on this issue. The study identified themes behind the reason women left the practice, how they were feeling at the time they decided to leave, and the characteristics of their current careers. The results of the study will be presented and a discussion of its implications to women in the profession and the broader legal community will be undertaken….

This workshop will be facilitated by Ellen Schlesinger, B.A., LL.B, M.A., who is a counselor in private practice specializing in supporting professionals experiencing depression or burnout. Prior to becoming a counselor, Ellen articled at a national firm and worked within the legal profession for eight years.”

This is a timely topic in light of the Law Society’s recent announcement on the Justicia Project. For more information, contact the Lawyers Assistance Program at 604-685-2171.

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