Volunteer Committees

Professional Advancement Committee (PAC)

The BFLN PAC organizes networking and professional development events, namely panel discussions on topics touching female and female identifying legal professionals, career advancement opportunities and mentorship events with students and junior members of the Bar.

Committee Chair: Mariam Momodu 
Title: Associate 
Employer: Dentons Canada LLP 

Committee member: Eniola Akinoso 
Title: Articling Student 
Employer: Dentons Canada LLP 

Committee member: Malaika Henriques 
Title: Associate
Employer: Derstine Penman Criminal Lawyers  

Committee member: Sarah Aikodon 
Title: Associate
Employer: Loblaw Companies

Committee member: Bukola Adelusi 
Title: Associate
Employer: Goodmans LLP

Committee member: Bukola Adelusi 
Title: Associate
Employer: Goodmans LLP

Communications and Public Relations Committee

The BFLN Communications and Public Relations Committee is responsible for the publication of BFLN’s monthly newsletters. The newsletters aim to create awareness about networking events, skill development sessions, happy hours and all other events which promote the professional development and welfare of black female lawyers.

The Communications and Public Relations team also utilizes all social media platforms, promote such events, and engages with the public on matters related to our black female lawyers and generally, the legal profession. Finally, the team is responsible for BFLN’s official email and communicating with members of the general public as required.

Committee Chair: Lavinia Latham
Title: Associate
Employer: Bernadi Human Resource Law LLP

Committee member: Bolaji Olarinde
Title: Patent Administrator
Employer:  Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt

Committee member: Fayola Benjamin
Title: Associate Lawyer
Employer: Benjamin Law

Committee member: Sharon Yeboah
Title: Lawyer
Employer:  GAB Law

Committee member: Chino Ibe
Title: NCA Candidate

Ottawa Chapter Committee

The Ottawa Chapter was launched in October 2019 to provide local networking opportunities to BFLN members.  This chapter is a link to the national BFLN organization that provides those in Ottawa with activities and support from an Ottawa perspective.    

This new chapter seeks to attract members, develop relationships with Black law students (ie. BLSA – University of Ottawa chapter), leverage existing partnerships (ie. with the CABL Ottawa chapter) and recruit volunteers to help organize events.  While not fully bilingual yet, the chapter encourages the use of both English and French. 

Although the chapter started just before the pandemic, we were able to pivot to hosting virtual events to support our members.  We look forward to building on a strong start.

Ottawa Chapter Chair: Lanise Hayes
Title: Partner
Employer: Nelligan Law

Committee Member: Lois Boateng 
Title: Legal Counsel
Employer: Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa

Committee Member: Ludmilla Jarda
Title: Member/Adjudicator
Employer: Tribunals Ontario

Committee Member: Chinwe Nwanisobi
Title: Fraud Specialist
Employer: Private Practice

Committee Member: Nefeterri Carnadin
Title: Senior Legal Counsel
Employer: Department of Justice Canada
 
[Note – we are looking for other committee members to assist with planning and implementing events.]

Fundraising Committee

Fundraising Committee Chair: Chinelo Egbunonu 
Title: Senior Legal Counsel
Employer: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Committee Member: Jessica Hardy-Henry
Title: Legal Counsel
Employer: Toronto Metropolitan University 

Committee Member: Denise Dwyer 
Title: Assistant Deputy Minister, Indigenous Education & Wellbeing Division
Employer: Ontario Ministry of Education

Membership Committee

The BFLN Membership Committee is responsible for collating and keeping up to date the registry of all members, creating awareness to encourage expanded membership, caters to Membership subscriptions, works with other committees in initiatives for mentoring of junior legal professionals/law students and organizes the Annual General Meeting.

Committee Member: Chinelo Meg Egbononu
Title: Senior Legal Counsel
Employer: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Committee Member: Yetunde Amodu
Title: Immigration Case Manager
Employer: Farell LLP (a law firm affiliated with Deloitte)

Social Engagement & Wellbeing

Committee Chair: Chelsea Walwyn
Title:  Crown Counsel
Employer: Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Retreat Committee

The BFLN’s Retreat Committee is responsible for working with the Board to plan and implement the annual Sistahs in Law Conference in November of each year. This committee meets year-round with the lion’s share occurring in the Summer and Fall. Our challenge is to organize a meaningful conference – a perfect balance of retreat and CPD, that will be engaging and accessible to all of our Sistahs in law. We are interested in welcoming new, creative members in the first quarter of each year, although we may be able to accommodate new committee members year-round.  

Committee Member: Mariam Momodu
Title: Associate
Employer: Dentons Canada LLP

Committee Member: Charlene Engmann
Title: Policy Analyst
Employer: Government of Canada

Committee Member: Ellaree Metz
Title: Lawyer
School: Government of Canada

Committee Member: Adjoa Osei-Yeboah
Title: Law Student (2L)
Employer: Lincoln Alexander School of Law

Event Planner: Frederica Black
Firm: Frederica Black Events

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