Diversity in the Legal Profession Network - Are we doing enough to progress women to partnership level?

04 Apr 2018

OPTIONS: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Webex

At DCA’s next Diversity in the Legal Profession Network, we will discuss the cultural, societal and workplace barriers preventing women from reaching and consolidating their contributions at the highest levels of the profession, and what can be done to address them.

Women have been graduating from law schools for over 100 years, and in recent decades in Australia the number of women graduating has equalled and now surpassed the number of men. While progress is being made, women are still grossly underrepresented at the top levels of the profession, particularly in private practice.

  • Dr Trish Mundy, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean, (Education), Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong and Professor Nan Seuffert, Director of the Legal Intersections Research Centre at the School of Law, University of Wollongong who will discuss their research, undertaken in partnership with WLANSW, on 'best practices' for the advancement of women in the legal profession.
  • Holly Lam, President Women Lawyers Association of NSW who will discuss broader issues around the representation of women at partner level and Susan Price, University of Sydney's Women, Work and Leadership research group who will speak to the 2017 Law Firm Comparison Project which analysed a range of measures that track the progress of women in law firms, and
  • Hiroshi Narushima, Partner at Gilbert + Tobin and Genevieve Collins, Partner and Practice Group Leader at Lander & Rogers Lawyers who will each explore how their law firm has had success in increasing the representation of women at the partnership level.

This event will be run simultaneously in the Gilbert + Tobin offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and be connected by Webex video conference. Participants are also able to join the Webex on phone or online. 


Who should attend:

This network is predominantly for people working in the legal profession, however, is open to all DCA members as many of the issues discussed are relevant in other sectors.  


The venues are wheelchair accessible. If you require an Auslan interpreter you must RSVP with this requirement when registering or at least 10 working days prior to the event so that we can secure this in-demand service for you.

A recording and transcript will be made available via the DCA website after the event. If you have any additional accessibility needs that would assist your participation at the event, please contact us on admin@dca.org.au

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