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

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