Being LGBTIQ+ in the legal profession - Diversity in the Legal Profession Network

11 Sep 2017

OPTIONS: Sydney, Melbourne or Teleconference

At DCA’s next Diversity in the Legal Profession Network, we will look at what it’s like to be LGBTIQ+ when working in the law.

In the past few decades, the legal profession has become more inclusive of LGBTIQ+ employees as firms seek to embrace diversity in all its forms amongst their employees, clients and in the wider community.   

As we reflect on the changes that have occured over the last 30 years that have allowed legal professionals to be open about their sexuality at work, we also need to examine what organisations can do to further drive LGBTIQ+ inclusion within their workplaces including:

  • The role of mentors, role models and allies
  • LGBTIQ+ networks
  • Tackling homophobia and transphobia
  • Developing inclusive policies and processes
  • Depression and anxiety amongst LGBTIQ+ people in the law

Our guest panel will discuss their experiences of being out at work in the legal profession, and will feature:

  • Anthony Wood, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills 
  • Alana Heffernan, Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
  • Rachael Wallbank, Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer, Wallbanks Legal 
  • Heather Stokes, Barrister, Legoe Chambers



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