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Legal Organizations for Women (Canada)

Black Female Lawyers Network - Sistahs in Law
The Canadian Bar Association - Women Lawyers Forum The CBA Women Lawyers Forum was created to address the need for short and long term programs, plans and systems to promote and enhance the stature and influence of women in the legal profession.
Equality Rights Central  
Law Society of Ontario Equity Initiatives Department  
Member Assistance Program
MAP is a confidential service sponsored by the Law Society of Ontario, supporting its commitment to help all members, lawyers and paralegals, in achieving their health and wellness goals. It provides lawyers and paralegals covered by the MAP with numerous services such as counselling, health and wellness companion, childcare/eldercare resource locators and interactive 2-learning courses.  
The National Association of Women and the Law – (NAWL Canada) The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is an incorporated not-for-profit feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of Canadian women through legal education, research, and law reform advocacy. We work on our own and in collaboration with other women’s equality-seeking organizations to impact public policy on a wide range of issues.
The Ontario Bar Association Feminist Legal Analysis Section 
Whether it’s debating the impact of legislation on women, keeping up-to-date on legal analysis that takes the law beyond traditional interpretations, or hearing from other women about how to establish a law practice that reflects your views and interests, this Section provides a fresh perspective on all aspects of the law. Practitioners, academics and students - of diverse multi-racial backgrounds - share ideas in a collegial atmosphere. This Section also plays a major role in advising the OBA and government on the proposed and existing laws on women, and making recommendations for legal change with a social justice focus. Make contacts and a personal contribution that will enrich both your professional and personal life.
Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association Women Trial Lawyers Caucus 
The O.T.L.A. Women Trial Lawyers Caucus was formed in the spring of 1998 to offer events specifically geared to the interests and needs of women litigators. The Women's Caucus gatherings provide valuable networking opportunities to enable women lawyers to socialize and discuss common concerns and experiences.
Licensed Paralegals Association of Ontario
Although not specifically for women, the Licensed Paralegals Association of Ontario comprises a group of paralegals who provide legal services to the public, corporations, and institutions in the Province of Ontario.
Paralegal Society of Canada
Although not specifically for women, the Paralegal Society of Canada furthers the interests of paralegals as professionals throughout Canada while providing legal services to the consumer and acts as a watchdog for the consumer against unscrupulous individuals who run unethical and unprofessional practices.
South West Region Women's Law Association (SWRWLA) 
SWRWLA is an informal support and advocacy network for women lawyers. Our association is open to all women lawyers (and law students) but primarily we are from the south west region of Ontario. We have a bi-annual conference/retreat, where women network, exchange information and develop informal mentor relationships. For more information please contact
Women’s Law Association of Ontario 
The Women's Law Association of Ontario is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing issues and causes relevant to women in the legal profession through education and awareness programs. The association has existed since 1919 as a vibrant, active voice for women in the profession and a vital resource to members in their pursuit of fulfilling and successful careers in law.
Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) 
The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund is a national charitable organization that works toward ensuring the law guarantees substantive equality for all women in Canada.
Women's Paralegal Association of Ontario
Recently founded in 2013, the Women’s Paralegal Association of Ontario (WPAO) provides mentorship and support to women working as licensed Paralegals within the Province of Ontario.Through innovation and education, this progressive not-for-profit corporation is dedicated to providing a solid, reputable support network for women within the field while promoting professional growth and advancement. Membership is open to women Paralegals practicing within the Province of Ontario and students enrolled in Paralegal Education programs offered through post-secondary institutions and accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).
Young Women in Law
Founded to promote and support young women in the legal profession in Ontario. The goal is to facilitate dialogue, learning, and ultimately, change. The objectives and purposes of Young Women in Law are:
  • to encourage and promote the welfare and interests of young female lawyers;
  • to provide services, activities, and facilities which address the needs of young female lawyers;
  • to encourage young female lawyers to use their legal education to give back to their communities; and
  • to create an environment for networking opportunities among young female lawyers.

Legal Organizations for Women Lawyers (U.S.)

American Bar Association – Commission On Women In The Profession

ABA Directory of Associations for Women Lawyers

The National Association of Women Lawers – (NAWL US)

National Conference of Women's Bar Associations

Women's Bar Association of the State of New York

The Opt-In Project 
The Opt-In Project is committed to identifying and raising awareness of the obstacles that still exist for women in the workforce, both the obvious and the subtle. The mission is to address and highlight viable solutions that can help overcome these impediments.

Project for Attorney Retention

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