Calling All Women In Criminal Law
Last week, I launched the Women's Association of Criminal Lawyers - British Columbia, otherwise known as WACL-BC.
This peer-driven, non-profit organization is geared towards the advancement of women in criminal law.
Although women have made great strides in the practice of law over the years, the criminal bar
remains a male dominated space. Very few women practice in criminal law, and even fewer
practice in criminal defence. Those of us who do choose criminal law as a career when leaving
law school are significantly more likely to drop out as compared to our male counterparts.
WACL-BC recognizes the unique challenges that face women in the criminal bar. It is committed to change and to the creation of a more equitable legal bar.
Those of us who have been involved in WACL-BC from the beginning also recognize that women are more powerful together, than they are apart. This organization is therefore striving to break down the barriers that separate us and allow us to come together.
WACL-BC has been developed as a ground-up organization that is driven by the women whom it serves. It is committed to fostering diversity within the criminal bar and to creating a
supportive community of female criminal lawyers. It seeks to empower our members through action and support and believe that peer-driven programs will; best respond to the needs of members as they define them.
So...WACL-BC wants to hear from YOU! Please weigh in and let your voice be heard. We welcome all women who practice in the area of criminal law, and we are a LGBTQ2 inclusive space.
Check out our website for more information, and join the movement.
Stand up, speak up, and let your voice be heard!