Lawyering is a profession that attracts those who love planning and certainty. What happens when a lawyer becomes a parent, and realizes that every kid is different and that there is no manual for how to be a working parent? Our panel of 3 Asian Canadian lawyers, all with children under age 5, will candidly share their unexpected surprises and lessons learned. Strategies for the mentorship, retention, and advancement of lawyers with young families and other caregiving responsibilities will be discussed as we build community amongst lawyers in this season of their lives. Lawyers who are thinking of having children, who have other caregiving responsibilities, or who want to support their colleagues through structural and institutional change are also encouraged to attend.
Date: June 15, 2022, 12:00-1:30pm
Jennifer Lau is the Assistant Director of Professional Resources at Cassels. She is responsible for recruiting, managing, and training the firm’s summer and articling students in Vancouver and Calgary. Prior to joining Cassels, she was a practicing lawyer and spent over a decade as a career coach to thousands of law students and junior lawyers at the Allard Law Career Services Office. Jenn and her husband Jordan (also a lawyer) are the parents of 3 year old fraternal twins, Isaac and Eleanor, who were conceived through IVF. Every day they are grateful for their twins and also that it wasn’t triplets.
Sara Pedlow is a senior associate at McLellan Herbert LLP, an estate planning and litigation boutique in downtown Vancouver. Sara is mom to two girls, Lara (age 4) and Charleigh (age 2).
Alex Chang is a senior associate at Lesperance Mendes Lawyers where his practice focuses on real estate disputes including strata, leases, construction, partition of property, and easements. Alex is the proud dad to 10 month old baby Jin.