Monday March 07, 2016
Women leaving criminal defence law due to discrimination, new report says
The Criminal Lawyers Association have released a report suggesting women are leaving the practice at a higher rate than men.
The trend has been persistent. A study in Ontario in 2008 reported the profession was losing some of its best and brightest, as women left "in droves."
This new research wanted to get a better understanding of why that was, and what could be done to reverse the trend. It found problems ranging from pay, to parental leave, to outright sexism.
Criminal lawyers play a crucial role in the justice system. The Current convened a panel to discuss the workplace conditions for women lawyers and why they are leaving law.
Guests in this segment:
- Breese Davies, vice-president of the Criminal Lawyers Association. She's also the founder of Breese Davies Law.
- Jessyca Greenwood, criminal defence lawyer, Greenwood Defence Law.
- Jordan Furlong, partner at Edge International.
This segment was produced by The Current's Leif Zapf-Gilje and Marc Apollonio.