Philippa G. Samworth Award for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession
This Canadian Defence Lawyers Award, named for a founding member of CDL, recognizes individuals for distinguished service to women in the legal profession in Canada. This nominee shall be an individual who has demonstrated a high regard for and support of women in the law by demonstrating the following:
1) Commitment to advocating the inclusion and promotion of women in the legal profession through activity that has a visible, tangible, or measurable impact on the perception of attitude toward, and respect for the treatment of women, and fostering women’s initiatives and promoting positive mentoring relationships with other women in the legal profession; and/or
2) Leadership in the development of measures to fight gender discrimination and prejudice in the profession.
One award will be presented each year.
Any individual in good standing within the legal profession is eligible for this nomination. Preference is given to members of Canadian Defence Lawyers.
Any CDL member may nominate someone.
Nominations will be evaluated by an Awards Jury representing the CDL executive and membership at large. To assist the Committee in its selection, please include the nominee's CV and a minimum of two supporting letters. The Committee is interested in a description of the contributions that the nominee has made in accordance with the above criteria. The Committee may check, on a confidential basis, with CDL members locally.
The award will be presented at the CDL Annual Meeting, at a regional meeting or at a special event.
Nominations should be sent to the Executive Director of CDL at 3425-130 Adelaide St. W., Toronto ON M5H 3P5 no later than April 22, 2019 by email to: email@example.com
The CDL Women’s Caucus was established in 2016 to promote the goals of leadership, education, empowerment and networking - with a focus on supporting our women lawyers in their pursuit of career growth. The caucus is guided by a national Steering Committee, with Regional Chairs.
Founding Chair: Aleksandra Zivanovic, SGI Canada/Coachman Insurance
Vice Chair: Heather Vaughan, Benson Percival Brown LLP
Vice Chair: Lisa Pool, Sullivan Festeryga
Atlantic Canada: Sarah Nicholson, Stewart McKelvey
Ontario North: Sabrina Lucenti, Dooley Lucenti LLP
Ontario South West: Maura Thompson, Shillingtons LLP
Western Canada: Heather Laing QC, McDougall Gauley LLP
In 2017 and 2018, we held the annual Women’s Caucus Luncheon in Toronto, featuring Marianne Trost, the Women Lawyers' Coach. We were also delighted to use the gathering as an opportunity to support a local woman-centric charity – The Period Purse.
The coming year will see the caucus launch programming across the country, often in partnership with other CDL events. The annual luncheon will take place in June 2019 in Toronto, and plans are in the early stages for a national retreat in the fall of 2020.
The Women’s Caucus is open to all. If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact your regional chair.
* Many thanks to McKellar Structured Settlements - founding supporter of the CDL Women's Caucus.