AWL Mentoring Circles Program 2018

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  • January 17, 2018 - November 21, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

AWL is excited to continue its Mentoring Circles Program in 2018. The Mentoring Circles Program continues to be available to women lawyers in Calgary of all years of call and practice status. Participants may be practicing, non-practicing, or retired members of the Law Society of Alberta. AWL believes mentoring relationships are an important way for women lawyers to provide and receive support to and from other women in the profession to enhance their own careers and personal and professional lives. Lawyers who wish to establish a 1 to 1 mentoring relationship with someone they connect with at the Mentoring Circles Program are encouraged to do so.


Participants may use the tickets options above to register and pay upfront for all six sessions at a lesser price, or register and pay for each session individually as the events are released.

Dates & Topics

November 21, 2018: “Candid Conversations with Lawyers in the Public Sector”. This round table / speed networking event is intended to provide an opportunity for junior women lawyers to casually ask questions and advice from the following accomplished lawyers who have grown their careers in the public sector:

Andrea Klaiber-Langen
Student Appeals Officer, University of Calgary

Glenda Cole, Q.C.
City Solicitor and General Counsel, City of Calgary

Cynthia Hykaway
Justice and Solicitor General, Alberta Justice – Litigation Division

Marianne Panenka
Lawyer, Federal Department of Justice – Aboriginal Law

October 17, 2018: Demystifying the Provincial Agencies, Boards and Commissions appointment process“. Woman lawyers often believe that they are too junior, too senior, too inexperienced, or too busy to be a member of a government board or commission. Michele Jackson, Director, Public Agency Appointments, Government of Alberta and Moira Vane, Chief of Staff and Special Legal Advisor to the Minister of Justice, Government of Alberta will speak about the importance of having more women appointed to Alberta’s agencies, board and commissions.  Join us to hear about the types of positions available, the application process and hear answers to the important questions (such as why it is possible to fit this into your life and law practice)!

June 20, 2018:  “Women in Politics: Realities, Myths, and Everything Else You Want to Know”. Join AWL in welcoming a panel of women to candidly discuss the following:

Transitioning into politics
Realities and myths about being a women in politics
The benefits of legal training in a political career
Campaigning 101
Current opportunities to serve on government agencies, boards and commissions

April 18, 2018:  “Becoming a Judge”. The following distinguished members of the judiciary will be in attendance to candidly answer all of your burning questions about being on the bench:

Honourable Justice Patricia Rowbotham
Courts of Appeal of Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Honourable Justice Michele Hollins
The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta

Honourable Judge Diana Mah
The Provincial Court of Alberta

Master Jodi L. Mason
The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta

February 21, 2018: “Owning Your Career”. This session will begin with a panel discussion followed by candid table conversation on the following topics:

Career shifts and transitions at different stages of your legal career
Finding that next challenge as a junior or senior practitioner
Leaping out of your comfort zone
Making it to management positions in the legal field
Recognition and self-promotion
Preparing for retirement and winding down

January 17, 2018: “Candid Conversations”. This round table / speed networking event is intended to provide an opportunity for junior women lawyers to casually ask questions and advice from the following distinguished female members of the bar and judiciary:

The Honourable Madam Justice Patricia Rowbotham
Patricia Sealy
Noralee Bradley, Q.C.
Sarah King D’Souza, Q.C.
Susan Pepper
Alicia K. Quesnel



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