Where Have All the Women Gone?


  • A. Anne McLellan P.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. (Hon.), Bennett Jones LLP; Interim Academic Director and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Institute for United States Policy Studies, University of Alberta.




It is a pleasure to be here this evening at the end of that which I know has been a stimulating and challenging set of panel discussions on lawyers and the legal profession in the twenty-first century.
I do not intend to revisit your discussions of earlier today. When thinking about the perspective I might offer this evening, I reflected upon my time as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada as it related to your conference theme. Ministers of Justice are regularly faced with the assertion that the public is losing, or worse, has lost, confidence in the justice system and in key participants within the system, particularly lawyers (and to a much lesser degree judges). The public continues to express a high degree of confidence in the police.
There have been many surveys, polls, and focus groups done, both in Canada and around the world, regarding confidence in aspects of the justice system...