Women Lawyers Mentoring Program



The program seeks to unite female lawyers seeking guidance and support with more experienced practitioners (male or female) willing to commit time and energy to the professional development of a female lawyer in the early stages of her career.  Please click here for information and program.


                         
The Law Society’s Gender Equity online resource hub is an initiative of the Gender Equity Working Group (GEWG). The GEWG was a Working Group of the Council in 2015 and 2016.





A report commissioned by the Law Society of South Australia has provided an unprecedented insight into the South Australian legal profession.  The report is available here.  The Society is grateful to have received the Chief Justice’s approval to include the survey as part of the renewal process.  


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Gender Equity


The Law Society supports gender equity in the legal profession.  As community leaders and advocates for justice and equality, lawyers are well placed to advance the cause for gender equity and set an example for the community and employment sector.

A business case for gender equity

The Society believes that as well as being a matter of equality and freedom from discrimination, there is a strong business case for gender equity. Studies have shown that businesses that have strong female representation in senior levels achieve higher levels of productivity, profitability, and talent retention, as well as minimising liability and enhancing the reputations of the business read the Federal Government's business case for gender equality.







Practitioner Support

 

The Law Society of South Australia provides a number of services to assist members to reduce the pressures of practice and improve their health and well-being. 

More information about these services is available here


Diversity and Equality Charter

 

On 2 June 2015, the Law Society adopted the Law Council's Diversity and Equality Charter. Sign up for the Charter.

     

Key Contacts

 
                                    
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Flexible work practices

 

The Law Council is developing a raft of resources, policies and guidelines relating to flexible work practices and will be available soon.   For other resources regarding flexible work practices, click here.



NARS Study

 

The National Attrition and Re-engagement Study (NARS) was commissioned by the Law Council of Australia in 2013.  Almost 4000 practitioners from across Australia were surveyed about their experiences and challenges in the legal profession.  

Women at the Bar

Step Up to the Bar Program
Silk's Commitment 
Women Barrister Search

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Childcare and parenting resources

 

Access to our helpful list of reputable childcare and parenting support services.

Returning to Work

 

The Law Society has developed a training session to assist practitioners who have been on extended leave (e.g. parental, carers or sick leave) to return to work.  The sessions will cover changes to legislation, professional obligations, and insurance and practising certificate requirements.   The first session was held on 26 May 2016. Another is being planned for delivery in 2017. For further information, contact Sally Browne.


2014-16 Gender Equity Working Group

 

The Law Society established a Gender Equity Working Group in 2014.  The Group made recommendations to Council on matters relating to gender equity, which resulted in a number of initiatives, such as those reported on the Gender Equity webpage,  The Working Group ended at 31 December 2016.  Some remaining elements of its work were included in the Society's Strategic Plan.  Others are the preserve of the Women Lawyers' Committee.