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A shifting culture towards equal opportunity for women in law

There has been a rise in the number of female barristers being briefed on matters over the past three years, according to the latest equal opportunity data released by the Law Council of Australia.

The Law Council’s Equitable Briefing Policy Annual Report 2018-19 has found that briefs to female barristers increased by two per cent during the reporting year, with women now receiving 27 per cent of all briefs, on track to surpass the target of 30 per cent before the next reporting period.

Law Council President, Pauline Wright, said that the data reveals a welcome shift in culture.

“The Law Council launched the Equitable Briefing Policy in 2016, with the aim of tracking equal opportunity within the profession. The latest data shows evidence of positive moves within the profession, especially for female junior barristers who are receiving more briefs,” said Ms Wright.

“It is pleasing to see that we are on track to meet one of the key targets, for women barristers to be briefed in at least 30 per cent of all matters,” said Ms Wright.

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AWL National Conference 2020 Vision – In Focus (Webinar)

Australian Women Lawyers cordially invite you to attend their National Conference “2020 Vision - In Focus” Webinar.

About this Event

The 9th AWL National Conference will be the first of it's kind, held online for the first time due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Designed for all those in the Australian legal sector who support the contribution and advancement of women.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a range of high-profile and influential speakers, including keynote speakers Nyadol Nyuon and the Hon. Diana Bryant AO QC.

Confirmed speakers include Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, Mariam Veisadeh, Anna Brown OAM, Natalie Wade, Noor Blumer, Jill Prior, and Pauline Wright.

With more speakers to be announced soon.

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Indigenous Incarceration and the Northern Territory

ONLINE ZOOM WEBINAR

The Law Council of Australia is pleased to present a panel discussion on:

Indigenous Incarceration and the Northern Territory: 
Progress since the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory

The Law Council presents a panel discussion with renowned advocates Mick Gooda, Olga Havnen and David Woodroffe, moderated by Law Council President, Pauline Wright. Nearly four years since the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children in the Northern Territory, legal and policy experts examine the overincarceration of First Nations people in Australia’s criminal justice system and the opportunities for reform.Featuring eminent speakers Mick Gooda, Olga Havnen and David Woodroffe.

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