Advocates for Change

You can accept things will change over time and just do your part, or you can grab the nettle and do it. That’s what I am trying to do and I am most proud that we have gone from a sedentary place to a place where momentum is unstoppable.

Lieutenant General David Morrison AO (Rtd), Australian Army

In September 2016, Bar Council approved a redesign for the Advocates for Change program. The Advocates for Change program now has two main purposes:

  • To provide role models who, through the example of what they do and say in their professional lives as barristers, represent the full width of diversity and inclusion that the NSW Bar Association wishes to promote at the Bar; and
  • Require that those designated as an Advocate for Change should be asked to undertake particular tasks within their role as Advocates for Change.

The Advocates for Change program is no longer limited to issues of gender diversity but also now includes attributes such as racial background, disability, LGBTI and older practitioners.

The purpose of the Advocates for Change program is to encourage members of the bar to step up as leaders in the promotion of an inclusive profession. An inclusive profession is dependent on the creation of conditions and cultures that enable persons with varying backgrounds and attributes to thrive. Giving instructing solicitors, clients and the community access to the full talent pool is a commercial, social and economic imperative. 

Current Advocates for Change

  • Jane Needham SC of 13th Floor St James Hall advocate for Gender diversity
  • Hament Dhanji SC of Forbes Chambers advocate for Cultural diversity
  • Andrew Pickles SC of Martin Place Chambers advocate for LGBTIQ diversity
  • Robert Dubler SC of 12th Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers for accessibility

Past Advocates for Change

  • Steven Finch SC of Tenth Floor Chambers (2015-2016)
  • Philip Boulten SC of Forbes Chambers (2015-2016)

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