As previously mentioned on BC Law Watch, the Law Society of BC has officially launched the Justicia Project, an initiative to increase the number of women lawyers in private practice.
The Justicia Project was developed by the Law Society of Upper Canada and launched there in 2008. According to the LSBC’s announcement,
“In BC, the project is being spearheaded by Gowlings law firm, on behalf of the Law Society of BC. On November 20, Gowlings will host a managing partners summit to introduce the first phase of the project. Participating law firms will commit to achieving goals in four areas:
- Tracking gender demographics
- Reviewing/introducing flexible work arrangements and parental leave policies
- Adopting initiatives to foster women’s networking and business development
- Promoting leadership skills for women”
The project will occur in two phases. The first will see participation by national firms with offices in BC whose counterparts in Ontario and Alberta are already participating in the project; the second will see other BC firms participate.
Read more about the project in this backgrounder, and see media coverage below:
- BC Launches Justicia Project (Canadian Lawyer Magazine)
- Justicia Projects Looks to Encourage Women to Keep Practising Law (Vancouver Sun)