Invest in yourself: Advice from women with diverse careers in the law 

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On 5 April 2017, before an audience of nearly 100 legal professionals and law students, a panel of women with diverse career paths in the legal profession spoke about their experiences, reflected on the current status of women in the law, and gave advice for those of us considering our own career progression. 

The panel discussion focussed on Chapter 2 of the 20th anniversary review on the implementation of the 1994 report of the Chief Justice’s Taskforce on gender bias in the law and the administration of justice in WA, entitled Career Paths for Women in the Legal Profession. You can review Chapter 2 of the report here and the Law Society of Western Australia's response here.

Chaired by Charmaine Tsang, a partner at Lavan (our host for the evening) the panel brought together experiences from private practice, government, in-house counsel, academia and the judiciary and featured: 

  • Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO
  • Justice Janine Pritchard
  • Jodie Hatherly, General Counsel and General Manager Legal, INPEX
  • Kate Offer, Lecturer & Director of Disruption, UWA Law School

The night concluded with an opportunity to network over drinks and canapes. 

From an attendee: "It was so interesting to hear the diverse range of career paths that each of the panelists went down and the tips that were shared were extremely practical. Attendees were encouraged to always be open to new opportunities, invest in your education, never stop learning, outsource tasks that don't need to be done by you, set boundaries and enforce your priorities. It was particularly encouraging to learn that not everything needs to be achieved straight away and that a career in the law is a marathon not a sprint."

 

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