On 27 July 2016, the Council of the Law Society of Tasmania adopted a Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy. This follows the adoption by the Law Council of Australia (LCA) of a National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy. The EEO Committee, in conjunction with the Law Society, will be working to promote this Policy and encourage its implementation in Tasmania. To achieve this, the EEO Committee will consult with the Tasmanian Bar and the wider legal profession.
The aim of the of the Policies is to improve the briefing of women barristers across the country. The Australian legal profession is committed to promoting diversity, equality, respect and inclusion consistent with the principles of justice, integrity, equity and the pursuit of excellence upon which the profession is founded. The LCA supports measures to improve the retention within the profession of women barristers and has adopted the National Model Policy that includes the introduction of measureable targets and reporting mechanisms. The Law Society of Tasmania Policy (available here) is based on the National Model Policy with necessary modifications.
Introduction of the Gender Equitable Briefing Policy & Meet and Greet Event – 17 November, 2016
As a first step towards promoting the Policy, the EEO Committee, with the Tasmanian Women Lawyers Association and Tasmanian Bar, is co-hosting a Meet and Greet event at the Law Society, 28 Murray Street, Hobart from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 17 November, 2016. Fiona McLeod SC, LCA President-Elect is guest speaker at this event which will, at the same time, provide the opportunity to showcase a number of the women barristers practicing in Tasmania. For more details about this event and to RSVP please click here.