On Monday 3 September WLA ACT held its second ‘Partners Mentoring Lunch’ at Clayton Utz. The aim of this event was to provide our members with an opportunity to network with women partners in Canberra, and to have informal discussions about their experiences and their ‘path to partnership’.
Research shows that there is a significant gender gap in the legal profession in the most senior levels. Women still form less than 25% of the partners despite a greater proportion of women now graduating with law degrees.
Feedback from those who attended the event included that they appreciated the opportunity to meet with partners from a range of practicing areas and backgrounds to talk about their progression and varied experiences of the path to partnership. Attendees were interested in tips and insights into the challenges faced by partners throughout their careers, and how they manage flexible working and other work/life balance scenarios.
Attendees also enjoyed the opportunity to meet with other women lawyers interested in this path to progression and share their experiences to-date in a relaxed atmosphere over lunch.
We would like to thank the following partners for their generosity:
Danielle Mildren, Clayton Utz
Caroline Bush, Clayton Utz
Deborah Rolfe AM, MEJ
Pria O’Sullivan, Maddocks
Caroline Atkins, Maddocks
Amanda Story, Minters
Alison Osmand, DDCS Lawyers
Cristina Huesch, Alliance Family Law
Shelley Mulherin, McInnes Wilson
Christine Murray, Meyer Vandenberg
Melanie McKean, Ashurst
Annabel Griffin, KWM
We would also like to extend a very special thank you to Clayton Utz who kindly sponsored this event - including providing a delicious lunch!