Proctor : March 2019
5 PROCTOR | March 2019 International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.1 To mark the occasion, this month’s Proctor features ‘Women in law’, an article in which we speak with several women lawyers about their journey through the law. It is interesting to read the comments from these practitioners – at different stages of their careers and working in different areas of the law – as they talk about the challenges they have faced, the females who have inspired them, and the issues that women in the legal profession still face. Whether raising a family while maintaining an active and successful career, or breaking through the glass ceiling, these women set examples that all practitioners can look to. We acknowledge these practitioners and celebrate their achievements, along with those of all the women in our profession. I would urge you to take the time on International Women’s Day to reflect on the inspirational women you know – those who have come before you, those who work beside you, and those who will rise with you in years to come. Symposium awaits After International Women’s Day, the big event that we are all looking forward to this month is, of course, QLS Symposium. Running over Friday and Saturday 15-16 March, this year’s program features streams in commercial law (encompassing business law and commercial litigation), criminal law, family law, personal injuries, property law and succession law, along with a two-day core agenda. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing some of our keynote presenters, including Stephen Scheeler, the former CEO of Facebook (Australia and New Zealand), who has managed numerous styles of teams, encouraging them to embrace change by being relentlessly curious and not being afraid to break the mould. He’ll share his secrets to great leadership and his learnings on how to think differently, re-invent yourself and prepare for the future in a generation of digital natives and evolving legal technology. As well, we will hear addresses by the Chief Justice and Attorney-General, and on the Friday night we have the most prestigious night of the Queensland legal profession calendar, the QLS Legal Profession Dinner & Awards. There are nine QLS Legal Profession Awards: QLS President’s Medal – Open to individual solicitors, this award recognises and encourages commitment, contribution and outstanding performance within the Queensland legal profession. QLS Agnes McWhinney Award – Named after Queensland’s first admitted female solicitor, this award recognises outstanding professional or community contribution by a woman lawyer. QLS Innovation in Law Award – Open to all law firms or individual solicitors in Queensland, this award recognises excellence in the development and/or application of technology. Community Legal Centre (CLC) Member of the Year – This award is open to all solicitors working or volunteering in a Queensland CLC who have made outstanding contributions to the community by influencing community justice programs or initiatives which benefit the local community. Another award series, with three awards, used to be called the QLS Equity and Diversity Awards, but has been renamed as the QLS Diversity and Inclusion Awards to better reflect contemporary terminology: Equity Advocate Award – This award recognises individuals or a team from a legal practice who have successfully promoted equity and diversity initiatives within the workplace to generate positive change or for their activities in the wider profession and/or the community. The Large & Medium Legal Practice Award and Small Legal Practice Award: These are awarded to legal practices of 20-plus or 19 or less practitioners that promote sustainable, healthy workplace cultures, engage in inclusive and equitable workplace practices and embrace workplace diversity in a meaningful way. The QLS Legal Profession Awards also include two First Nations awards, reflecting our commitment to achieving real and positive change in the lives of Australia’s First Nations people, in particular those who contribute to justice and the rule of law. Queensland First Nations Lawyer of the Year Award – This is presented to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander individual for outstanding achievements in the law and for pursuing justice outcomes in the legal profession for First Nations People in Queensland. Queensland First Nations Legal Student of the Year – This award identifies an Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander legal student who displays outstanding commitment to achieving a positive role in the legal community. Are you ready for renewals? With the annual practising certificate and QLS membership renewals period just around the corner, it’s a good time to ensure that all of your details are up to date. Log onto qls.com.au and click on the myQLS tab to update your details, including address or firm changes. Keeping your details up to date will help the renewals process go smoothly for all involved. Rolf Moses Queensland Law Society CEO Our executive report Women in law Celebrate the inspirational women lawyers you know Note 1 From internationalwomensday.com.