The Honourable Justice Janine Pritchard 

The Honourable Justie Janine Pritchard became the Patron of WLWA in 2017. 

Justice Pritchard began her career at the then Crown Solicitors Office (now State Solicitors Office) in 1991. She later served as Deputy President of the State Administrative Tribunal after her appointment to the District Court of Western Australia in June 2009, before her appointment to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1991.

Justice Pritchard has always shown a keen interest in the advancement of women and also has a Graduate Diploma in Women's Studies from Murdoch University. WLWA is honoured by her patronage.

The Honourable Justice Carmel McLure

The Honourable Justice Carmel Mclure, former President of the Court of Appeal of Western Australia was the patron of WLWA until 2017, passing on the role upon her retirement from the Supreme Court.

Justice McLure is a role model for women in the profession in many respects. She is one of only a handful of women in Western Australia to take silk (1997), was appointed to the Supreme Court bench in 2001 and has the honour of being appointed one of the inaugural members of the Court of Appeal (2005). Justice McLure was appointed President of the Court of Appeal in 2009.

Justice McLure's considerable achievements and her superb intellect, tenaciousness, reason and ability as a judge make her a role model for both men and women in the profession.

WLWA is very fortunate to benefit from Justice McLure's commitment to the profession, and particularly to women lawyers, as our second Patron.


WLWA's Patron Emeritus

The Honourable Antoinette Kennedy AO

The Hon. Antoinette (Toni) Kennedy AO, former Chief Judge of the District Court of Western Australia, is WLWA's Patron Emeritus, and one of the founding members of WLWA.

The Hon. Toni Kennedy AO has been a leader and mentor in the legal profession throughout her distinguished career which included achieving many firsts, including being:

  • The only woman from her year at high school to attend university;
  • The only woman from her graduating class at UWA to gain articles of clerkship;
  • The second woman to join the Independent Bar in Perth to practice as a barrister (following The Hon. Valerie French);
  • The first woman judge appointed in WA, when appointed to the District Court in 1985 at the age of just 39; and
  • The first woman appointed Chief Judge of the District Court in 2004.

Having hung up her judicial robes in 2010 to pursue other interests and ventures, we are delighted that The Hon. Toni Kennedy AO continues her involvement with WLWA as our Patron Emeritus.

In 2012, The Hon. Toni Kennedy AO was inducted into the WA Hall of Fame as one of the most outstanding women to have served as a member of WA's legal profession. To link to Thomas Mackay's biography of Toni Kennedy AO published in 2013, entitled Justice in Jeopardy: The Life Trials of Chief Judge Antoinette Kennedy, click HERE.



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