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The Justicia Project was a voluntary program facilitated by the Law Society of Alberta aimed at retaining women lawyers and promoting diversity in the private practice of law.
The Project’s aim was to create a shift in culture and lead the way for innovative, systemic change that works for the profession and the public.
The Law Society of Alberta progressed Justicia through two targeted phases that have now been completed.
Phase One involved 13 national firms already participating in Justicia programs across Canada.
Phase Two had 19 regional, mid-sized and smaller law firms from around the province participating in the Project.
Participating firms developed and implemented policies and programs, with the collaboration and assistance of the Law Society. This focused on four core areas:
- tracking demographics;
- parental leave programs and flexible work arrangements;
- networking and business development; and
- mentoring and leadership development skills for women.
The model programs and policies created through this program are available for the legal profession, paving the way for widespread usage.