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5.30pm 2 August 2022 at the United Services Club Newcastle
The Newcastle Chapter of the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW invites you to join us and our fabulous panel, with veteran politician Robyn Parker sharing her experiences as our moderator, as we discuss the amazing careers of these women and how they have transferred their passions to political platforms.
– The Honourable Robyn Parker (GAICD)
– Ms Sue Higginson, MLC Member of the Legislative Council; Member of The Greens; environmental law expert.
– Ms Kate Washington BA, LLB MP. Member of the Legislative Assembly; Member for Port Stephens; Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, and Shadow Minister for Disability Inclusion; Member of the Australian Labor Party; health lawyer
– Professor Catherine Renshaw, Associate Dean, Research, School of Law; Professor, School of Law, Western Sydney University; Member of the Australian Labor Party; human rights lawyer and adviser.
– Ms Sally Davies, Partner at Jenkins Legal Services / Playwright; lawyer specialising in will & estates, employment law and corporate governance in the NFP sector.
The #AWL2022 National Conference will take place in Brisbane from 5-7 August. Tickets are for available for in-person and online attendance. Please click here to visit the website for further details.
With an inpressive line-up of speakers and panels, this is an event you won’t want to miss!
Some key speakers from the program includes:
The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC
The Honourable Chief Justice Bowskill, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland
The Honourable Former Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO QC
President Fleur Kingham, Land Court of Queensland, and the President of the Australian Association of Women Judges
Jane Caro, Walkley award-winning author, social commentator, and broadcaster
Professor Megan Davis, UNSW Research Professor of Law
Whilst more women are being given leadership pathways within the profession, there are still systematic changes that need to be addressed, said these legal leaders.
This issue is a “crucial” one for the legal industry moving forward, according to Women Lawyers Association NSW president Renée Bianchi, who said she was unimpressed with the slow-moving nature of change thus far. “I think there are many systemic issues that are yet to be resolved — pay equity, parental leave policies, transparency around what is required to be promoted and to reach those senior leadership positions, billing models, sexual harassment and bullying,” she said.
“Whilst these issues have been known about, and talked about, for some time, cultural change has been slow.” To enact change within the profession, firms need to make their female staff a priority in addition to having clear policies in place, added Ms Bianchi.
“[The profession should] really be making a change in how we do our business, and caring for our people. Ensuring there is transparency around what may be required for a role,” she said. “Providing not only mentoring opportunities, but sponsorship, so that, particularly for women, there is someone opening doors for them, advocating for them, and supporting them to get into those senior leadership positions.”
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