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WBF Notice of AGM for 2020 & Election of office bearers: 16 June 2021

The Women Barristers’ Forum will be holding its AGM for 2020 via Zoom on Wednesday 16 June 2021 at 5:00pm.  All women barristers are automatically members of the WBF.  We invite all barristers, particularly the new women barristers who have recently completed the BPC, to join the AGM.  A copy of this notice, the agenda, nomination forms for positions of the executive and proxy forms will be emailed to all women barristers.  Please contact Emily Graham, Co-Secretary, for the Zoom link and other documents: egraham@chambers.net.au

You may recall an AGM was held earlier this year (on 24 February 2021) which was the postponed 2019 AGM that could not proceed last year because of Covid.  This is the AGM for the 2020 year which will bring us up to date with Covid-affected AGMs!”

NEWS AND EVENTS

Please refer to our  News and Events pages for information and updates on the work of WBF.

BACKGROUND

The genesis of the WBF was a function held in March 2002 to promote camaraderie amongst women at the bar and to forge links with solicitors, members of the bar and the judiciary. Over 200 members of the profession attended. WBF was formally established in 2004 and became a section of the New South Wales Bar Association in 2007.

The Women Barristers Forum is a section of the New South Wales Bar Association created for promoting and supporting Women at the New South Wales Bar.

The work of the Women Barristers Forum is to:

  • promote awareness, discussion and resolution of issues which particularly affect women barristers;
  • identify, highlight and eradicate discrimination against women in law and in the legal system;
  • advance substantive, and not merely formal, equality for women at the bar and in the legal profession generally;
  • provide a professional and social network for women barristers;
  • support and encourage women at the bar;
  • promote the interests and skills of women barristers; and
  • support diversity and flexibility at the bar.

Throughout the year the WBF holds seminars, arranges networking functions and assists in the creation of policies and measures aimed at advancing women at the bar. WBF also seeks to work closely with the Equal Opportunity Committee of the New South Wales Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association of NSW.

Terms of reference

Women at the New South Wales Bar: the Years to 1975

It's comparatively commonplace to see women practising as barristers today, but before 1976 in New South Wales, it was a very different story. The WBF, with the support of the Bar Association, has produced a multimedia presentation about the pioneering women at the New South Wales Bar. Full interviews and biographical details of these incredible women can be found here.

 

CONTACT US

The current executive committee of the WBF

Chair: Naomi Sharp SC
Co-Vice-Chairs:   Ingrid King and Madeleine Bridgett
Co-Secretaries: Christine Melis and Emily Graham
Treasurer: Rosalind Winfield
CPD Co-ordinators: Claire Palmer and Claire Roberts
Equitable briefing: Ingrid King
WLA Liaison Officer: Renée Bianchi
Diversity & Equality Opportunity Committee Liaison Officer: Renée Bianchi
Social: Elizabeth Picker, Caroline Dobraszczyk and Jessica Tat

Correspondence to:

Women Barristers Forum
New South Wales Bar Association Basement,
Selborne Chambers
174 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
DX 1204 SYDNEY

WE WELCOME YOUR FEEDBACK!

If you have news about a WBF member, have some suggestions as to how WBF can best promote women at the bar, or have concerns or need assistance please contact us.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The WBF thanks Thomson Reuters for sponsoring its activities.

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