On Tuesday 18 September the Women Lawyers Association of the ACT held its third annual Judicial Mentoring Lunch, which was again a sold-out event.
We were joined by Chief Justice Murrell, Justice Loukas-Karlsson and Associate Justice McWilliam of the ACT Supreme Court, Chief Magistrate Walker and Special Magistrate Hunter of the ACT Magistrates Court, Judge Hughes of the Federal Circuit Court and Presidential Member Daniel of ACAT, who all shared their valuable experiences with our members about their respective journey to the Bench.
The esteemed judicial officers emphasised how honoured they felt to be role models to others and of the importance for female lawyers to support one another regardless of career stages.
Feedback from those who attended the event mentioned how incredibly personable the judicial officers were and how the experience has humanised these women in judicial robes - where typically members only conversed with judicial officers at the bar table. It was a great opportunity to simply chat and gain insights into the realities of balancing career and family, of being an ambitious woman in a leadership role and more.
We are grateful for the stories, experiences and advice shared by all of our honourable guests and excited to see our members be inspired and encouraged to take their next steps towards the Bench.
We would like to thank King & Wood Mallesons for generously sponsoring and hosting this spectacular event.