Women Barristers Association

The Women Barristers' Association (WBA) is open to all members of the Victorian Bar (both women and men) to join.

The WBA's aims are to:

  • Provide a professional and social network for women barristers;
  • Promote awareness, discussion and resolution of issues which particularly affect women;
  • Identify, highlight and eradicate discrimination against women in law and in the legal system; and
  • Advance equality for women across the legal profession generally.

For upcoming WBA events and news, click here.

The current patron of the WBA is Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC.

A list of current WBA Committee members and meeting dates is shown here.

The Women Barristers' Association was formed in 1993 and its inaugural convenor was Judge Rachelle Lewitan.

As a result of the WBA’s advocacy:

  • The Victorian Bar Council commissioned the report, Equality of Opportunity for Women at the Victorian Bar which resulted in the creation of the Women Barristers' Directory; and
  • The Bar adopted the Equal opportunity briefing policy in April 2004.

Women Barristers in Victoria – Then and Now records the highlights of the experiences and achievements of some of Victoria's most prominent women barristers.

'Raising the Bar' is a documentary covering the history of Victorian women barristers. This documentary and a slideshow of the first 25 Victorian women barristers are available on the page for Our History.

Useful links

imageEqual Opportunity Briefing

Click here to download the Bar Association application form.