Law Society benchers recently approved a two-year part-time practising fees pilot program, commencing April 1, 2022. This exciting initiative will help promote greater equity, diversity and inclusion within the profession, helping to increase access to justice for all Manitobans.

Offering a part-time practising fee for eligible lawyers who practice part-time to accommodate their child care or other regular family care-giving responsibilities is a way of recognizing that not all lawyers fit the traditional model of full-time practice. The goal of this initiative is to help reduce the rates of attrition of young female lawyers from private practice and provide flexibility to lawyers with significant, ongoing care-giving responsibilities for other family members. The pilot program will provide the Law Society an opportunity to gauge the level of interest in part-time practice before making any final decisions with respect to a part-time practising fee structure.

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