Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) is pleased to announce that Partner Dawn Jetten has won a 2017 Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Women in Law. The awards celebrate the advancement of women in the legal profession.
Dawn is a formidable advocate for women lawyers. Dawn’s advocacy started in the early 1990s, when she championed and successfully introduced flexible working arrangements at Blakes. She challenged the status quo in the legal profession, which was then defined by billable hours.
She is Co-Chair of the Financial Services Regulatory group, where the recruitment and advancement of women has been most prevalent. Her advocacy also extends to support staff at Blakes by recognizing hard work and excellence. Internally, she has pushed for business development and leadership training, retention of women and the importance of mentorship and sponsorship.
Dawn is the founder and chair of the Women@Blakes network, which provides support, mentorship, client development, networking opportunities and work/life resources to women legal professionals at the Firm in an effort to ensure their success in the practice of law. Dawn is on the advisory board of Stepping Up: Preparing to be a GC, a Blakes program designed to provide women lawyers with the leadership skills required for a general counsel role.
She has also been recognized as a leading lawyer in the Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law in 2015 and 2016.