The Women Lawyers Association of the ACT was proud to host the Annual Law Week Dinner, with special guest, Clementine Ford. The Law Week Dinner was a unique opportunity for WLA ACT members and friends to meet and enjoy a special evening together.
Clementine Ford is a writer, social commentator and public speaker based in Melbourne, Australia. As a weekly columnist for Fairfax's Daily Life, she has been unrelenting in her quest to bring topics like rape culture, slut shaming and the misogyny of patriarchal order into the mainstream. Her talk was on the night was hard hitting, drawing on the personal experiences of herself and her colleagues to highlight and condemn the ongoing inappropriate sexist behavior in the workplace. Attendees both laughed and shook their heads in unison as Ms Ford retailed her stories with her usual humour and sharp wit.
National Law Week is an annual event held in May across Australia. Law Week’s goal is to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society. The theme of Law Week for 2017 is “Law and Justice in Your Community”.
Locally, Law Week seeks to raise donations for a Canberra charity. In 2017, ACT Law Week supported the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC). The AILC is Australia’s only national provider of accredited Indigenous leadership education programs. Since their establishment in 2001, they have transformed the lives of more than 2000 graduates. The AILC is owned and controlled by Indigenous Australians. Law Week events are developed to include people from diverse backgrounds, organisations and perspectives.
The Law Week dinner was a huge success, with tickets selling out well in advance of the event. Book early next year to avoid disappointment. WLA ACT is grateful for the generous support of Maurice Blackburn.