Women Barristers Association

The Women Barristers' Association aims 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.

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

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

Membership

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

To become a member of the WBA, please complete the Bar Association Membership Application Form and return it to the Bar Office. If you are currently a reader, the membership fee is waived for the duration of your reading period.

To renew your WBA membership, please select the appropriate tick box when completing your online Victorian Bar Subscription renewal.

Events and Committee

For upcoming WBA events and news, as well as a list of past events, click here.

For a list of current WBA Committee members click here, for a list of our past Convenors click here.

Advocacy

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.

Resources

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.

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