WBA Events & CPDs


Upcoming WBA Events

Wotton + Kearney Networking Lunch


Together with Wotton + Kearney and VWL, the WBA invites members to attend an in-house lunch at Wotton + Kearney for women barristers in insurance law and decision makers at Wotton + Kearney. The purpose of the lunch is to:

  1. Expose female barristers in the insurance space to partners within the firm to encourage the briefing of more women barristers by the firm;
  2. Expose junior female lawyers with the firm to more female barristers;
  3. Provide an opportunity for female barristers in insurance to talk about the area in an open environment. 

Members wishing to attend please send expressions of interest to mtait@vicbar.com.au.


Past Events

2017 Court of Appeal Moots for Women Barristers

On Saturday 20 May 2017, the Court of Appeal hosted, for the second consecutive year, an advocacy program aimed at providing opportunities for female barristers to deliver oral submissions before a panel of judges.

Eight barristers appeared before a three-member panel of judges in the Court of Appeal to argue a case based on the Supreme Court decision in Antunovic v Dawson (2010) 30 VR 355 prepared by her Honour Justice Jane Dixon. Each appellant and respondent spoke for 35 minutes, followed by a performance critique from the Bench.

Justices Tate, Hollingworth, Emerton, McMillan, Zammit, Jane Dixon, and Associate Justice Ierodiaconou of the Supreme Court, and Justices Davies and Mortimer of the Federal Court generously gave of their time to sit as members of the Bench, with barristers Megan Casey, Georgina Connelly, Georgina Costello, Kylie Evans, Lisa De Ferrari, Anna Robertson, Anne Sheehan and Michelle Wilson appearing before them.

Their Honours were very impressed with the standard of advocacy.

The statistics in the Court of Appeal record that, from July 2016 to April 2017, female counsel had a speaking role in only 5 per cent of civil appeals.  In criminal appeals female counsel delivered oral submissions in 17 per cent of cases.

Women Barristers’ Association was proud to help coordinate the program with Justice Tate.  The program is intended  to be one of a number of initiatives to assist in addressing gender based inequality in the legal profession, as recognised in the Quantum Leap.

For further information about the program, please contact Kylie Weston-Scheuber on kylie.weston-scheuber@vicbar.com.au.


Feedback from the Bench Moot for Women Barristers Moot

9:30am - 5 pm Saturday 20 May 2017
Supreme Court of Appeal

WBA is hosting the 2017 Feedback from the Bench Moot for Women Barristers. The moot provides an opportunity for Women Barristers to gain advocacy experience in the Court of Appeal.

Justice Jane Dixon has prepared a problem on habeas corpus loosely based on a decision by Bell J in Antunovic v Dawson (2010) 30 VR 355 and incorporating subsequent amendments to the Mental Health Act 2014.

Judges of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, coordinated by Justice Pamela Tate, will preside over a number of mock appeals, each involving a single advocate for the appellant and a single advocate for the respondent.

For further information, please click here.

Grievance Protocol CPD

Thursday 30 March 2017 at 1pm.

Seminar Room 7, Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street Melbourne.

The Bar's Grievance Protocol sets out a procedure for barristers to raise complaints about discrimination, bullying and harassment by other barristers.

WBA members are invited to attend a panel discussion comprising Ted Woodward SC, Michelle Quigley QC, Peter Rozen and Meredith Schilling. This session will feature a brief overview of the Grievance Protocol and some of the matters that have been raised under the protocol to date.

This will be followed by an informal Q&A session where members will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues involving bullying and harassment at the Bar.

1 CPD point for Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

Click here to view the seminar slides.

VWL/WBA Mentoring Program

This is the 10th year of the Law Student Mentoring Program, run jointly by Victorian Women Lawyers and the Women Barristers' Association. The program is endorsed by the Honourable Marcia Neave AO and the Honourable Justice Rita Zammit. The program is a wonderful opportunity for female law students to gain insight into working in the law, develop valuable networks and share ideas with mentors in the legal profession. For mentors, there is the satisfaction that comes from helping to shape the career of a female law student.

Mentors do not need to hold a VWL or WBA membership to participate in the program.

First-round registration is open until Sunday, 26 March 2017.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact program coordinator, Caroline Jones at vwlwbamentoring@gmail.com