Great new book on lawyers being truly human

I can’t wait to read this book: The Affective Assistance of Counsel: Practicing Law as a Healing Profession. Marjorie Silver is brilliant and so are all the lawyers who are striving to bring back the human side of law. Here is the blurb on the book:

“This book is subversive. It aims to undermine the legal profession’s prevailing gladiatorial paradigm. It is, to use Professor Leonard Riskin’s phrase, something off “the lawyer’s standard philosophical map.” It promises a vision of practicing law that is very different than that taught in most American law schools.

There exists tremendous discontent among the practicing bar. Many lawyers have found themselves unhappy or unfulfilled in their practices. Compared to other professionals, lawyers suffer disproportionately from excessive stress, substance abuse, and other emotional difficulties. Many find themselves demoralized or disillusioned about the practice of law.

Here’s the good news. Recent years have witnessed a spate of both new and renewed approaches to the practice of law. Disaffected by the adversarial model, many practitioners have engaged in a quiet revolution, a marriage of theory and practice designed to maximize the healing potential of the law. The result has been a variety of approaches such as Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Collaborative Law, and Creative Problem-Solving. Lawyers are cultivating Emotional Intelligence, Multicultural Competence, and Mindfulness. They are developing ways of working consistent with their spiritual and religious beliefs. New pedagogy is informing old courses, and new courses are evolving and taking their places in the curriculums of increasing numbers of law schools. This book bears the fruit of many of these efforts.

The twenty contributors to this book come from widely diverse backgrounds. What they share are visions for more therapeutic, more beneficial, more helping, healing ways to practice law. This book is a resource for law professors, law students, and lawyers who share those visions.”

Read more about it here: Silver book

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How many all male panels can you count!?

This is a great CBC article on the research on all male panels. I wish I had thought of it. It’s a great example of how to show the absurdity of a world where women are held back. All Male Panels

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Lawyers who earn least are most happy

I am following these mindful lawyers closely. I think they are really onto something.

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Learn about Mindfulness in this online conference

This is a great group of mindfulness practitioners sharing what they know.


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A female leader makes all the difference in Ontario

Here is a great article: “460,000 and counting” by Ann Decter, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, YWCA Canada.

The Ontario government has recently gone activist on violence against women, and as far as this parent is concerned – that’s a good thing.

In March, Premier Wynne announced It’s Never Okay, a new provincial action plan on sexual violence and harassment backed by a three-year, $41 million investment. Accompanying that was Who Will You Help? a bystander-motivating ad described as “edgy” that went viral. That’s worth repeating: An edgy government ad about stopping sexual assault and harassment went viral. Amazing. Who Will You Help? is smart, scary and ultimately, positive. On Twitter, #WhoWillYouHelp continues to move as the government promotes Sexual Assault Prevention Month in May.

The Wynne government’s welcome activism includes the establishment of a permanent Roundtable on Violence Against Women, chaired by Sly Castaldi and Farrah Khan, two not-to-be-messed-with advocates with decades of experience. …[continued]…. to see more here: ymca

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Status of Women Canada now has a mentoring program for women

Status of Women Canada (your federal government) just created a new mentorship program. Although a good idea, I am never sure how this government office decides which programs to introduce….or whether they researched other mentoring programs and their success rate. As many women know, unless a mentor cares deeply about you and your success, the process is often superficial. As women also know, it’s tough to find a woman leader who not only works in a man’s world, but is also changing the world so its more supportive of women.


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New BC report suggests women still face many barriers

On May 6, 2015 an alliance of women’s groups released a report: “Women as a Catalyst for Economic Growth: A BC Action Plan,” which identifies key barriers and solutions to increasing the economic impact of women in British Columbia. As a follow up, Status of Women Canada has funded the Women’s Enterprise Centre to conduct four regional consultations throughout BC to build on the outcomes of this Action Plan and to ensure the rural voice is included. Consultations will take place in Kelowna, Victoria, Prince George, and Prince Rupert informing the development of regional action strategies. Learn more at

Web Alliance

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Happy Mothers Day!

To celebrate moms this Sunday, Minerva Foundation is sharing some of touching tributes and photos of mothers who encouraged  girls to believe in themselves and make their wildest dreams come true.

Happy Mothers Day from Minerva

Happy Mother’s Day to you all.

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How women win in politics like Notley despite barriers

This is an article well worth reading by the women at Equal Voice. Please  share it with all those women who are afraid to run for politics. Notley is an amazing woman

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Great Conference SFU On May 22-23

This looks like a great conference! Women in Engineering, Science and Technology at Simon Fraser University.

SFU Women

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