Women leaving legal profession

Calgary program aims to keep them


A Calgary mentoring program for female lawyers is teaching them to ride out “the systemic barriers against women in the profession” in an attempt to reduce the rate of attrition. Women, who make up more than half of Canadian law school graduates are leaving the profession at a two to three times the rate of their make counterparts, according to a recent Law Society of Upper Canada report. The first of its kind in Canada, the Lilith Law Professional Development and Mentoring program is based on pairing up 10 mentors with 10 proteges; usually associate lawyers who had yet to make partner.

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Women leaving legal profession

  1. Utter nonsense. Consider this passage:

    “Rawlins endured the slings and arrows of gender discrimination — ‘Sometimes it was just easier to be one of the boys” — but she found great mentors in senior male partners. “They treated me like gold. It’s the same on the bench. The men are wonderful. We are all equal here.'”

    Wow – that’s some discrimination! The writer is scratching for anything that can be spun as an “issue” — as long as the reader doesn’t examine the text closely.

    The reality is, women leave just about every profession at higher rates than men do. This has everything to to do with how they want to live their lives, and just about nothing to do with “barriers” — that magical excuse-all gender feminists somehow manage to see everywhere they look. Consider the medical profession. There’s a debate going on right now about the rate at which medical schools admit women students. The problem? They leave the profession much earlier, and that is contributing to the doctor shortage. The first time I heard about that, it was in an article by a woman doctor.

    I hope women who are lawyers are too smart to fall for this — including the new grads, who have been hearing a version of it from their professors in just about every course they’ve taken for the past six or seven years. Here are two guidelines that might help. One – when a woman makes a choice that takes her off the career fast-track, that’s not necessarily some man’s fault. Two – when a woman does make such a choice, some remote gender feminist has no right to question it, or to infantilize her by insinuating that the new path is second-best.

    • What’s a “remote gender feminist?”