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Parental Leave and Practicing Law: How are Lawyers Making it Work?

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 1.5
90 minutes
Neha Chugh
Erin Cowling
Sophia Irish Dales
Megan Shortreed
Paul-Erik Veel
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
90 minutes
$129.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

Thinking about taking a parental leave – where do you start?  Took a parental leave – what do you wish you knew?

What a parental leave looks like for every lawyer varies widely, depending on many factors including practice area, the specific workplace, and each person’s unique situation and preference. Just as in parenthood, there is no perfect guidebook when it comes to planning a parental leave from legal practice. Find out more about how to plan and execute a parental leave from lawyers with very different perspectives to share.

Join your fellow lawyers for an honest and candid conversation about the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of taking a parental leave as a lawyer. How to make it work?  How to get paid?  How to keep your clients?  How to keep your sanity? What are the realities and challenges you can expect? How do lawyers really make it work?

Discussion will include:

  • policy perspective (Justicia project and LSO initiatives )
  • personal perspectives from different practice areas
  • practical tips and thoughts to consider in your own planning process

This program will be an informal space for lawyers to find information, support and guidance around parental leave and, really, parenting in law.


Neha Chugh

Neha Chugh graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Social Development Studies and Social Work from the University of Waterloo, and completed a Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Guelph. Her passion for community development and social policy led her to Osgoode Hall Law School where she focused on criminal law, family law, and children and the law. Neha completed her articles with senior criminal defence counsel in downtown Toronto, and was called to the Bar in 2011. Her practice started in Eastern Ontario with a distinct focus on driving offences – Impaired Driving, Over 80, Refuse Breath Sample, and Dangerous Driving cases. Since then she has expanded her practice to cover all areas of Criminal Law.

Erin Cowling

Co-founder of Flex Legal Network and freelance lawyer.

Sophia Irish Dales

Megan Shortreed

Paul-Erik Veel

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