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Chief Counsel Q&A

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WLA ACT was pleased to host our Chief Counsel panel event at Clayton Utz on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

We were privileged to host three Chief Counsel:

  • Annette Musolino – Chief Counsel, Department of Human Services.

  • Elizabeth Carroll – Chief Counsel, IP Australia.

  • Jackie Davis – General Counsel, Department of Health.

All three speakers generously shared insights on their path to Chief Counsel, flexible work and advice they’d give their younger selves.

The panel were testament to the fact that there is no one pathway to leadership in the legal profession, with all three women having varied and interesting careers on their way to becoming Chief Counsel.

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Our speakers advised not to be afraid to give things a go, and to take risks and take the opportunities when they arise. In sharing their experiences, they encouraged the audience to not feel like you have to have someone else’s career, nor to feel like you need to lead how other people lead. ‘Do what you love, and follow your heart and interests.’

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Some of the most insightful advice came when our panel talked about the importance of being authentic and not feeling like you have to fit the mould: ‘The authenticity resonates with others, and empowers others to bring their whole selves to the work place’.

Our panel also acknowledged the value of mentors, particularly peer mentors, and explained the benefit of having people to call and discuss tough decisions.

We extend our thanks to all those who attended, and particularly to our panel who all generously gave up their time to impart their wisdom.

WLA ACT is grateful for Clayton Utz for their sponsorship of this event, and for their ongoing support of WLA ACT and women lawyers in the ACT legal community.