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Mentoring forms key piece in retention puzzle

In this article which appeared in Lawyers Weekly on 12 November 2015, Lara Bullock refers to DibbsBarker partner Fay Calderone and her views that the legal profession can prevent young lawyers from leaving the industry prematurely by offering them more support through mentorships. In her interview with Lawyers Weekly, Ms Calderone said: “We are losing young lawyers, and particularly young female lawyers, at a rate greater than we should be, and anything we can do to stop that is critical.” She continued: “I think mentoring is one of those keys to not only harness talent, but stop them from leaving the profession prematurely.” Mentoring young lawyers helps them to “understand their strengths and overcome their weaknesses”, developing them into successful professionals, according to Ms Calderone.

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Congratulations to former President Amy Challans

Congratulations to Past President Amy Challans who was awarded the Inaugural Gender Equity in the Law Award at the Law Society of South Australia Gala Dinner on Friday 5 September 2015. Thanks go to Rocky Perrotta, President of the LSSA, and Claire O’Connor SC and Rebecca Sandford of the Gender Equity Working Group of the LSSA for establishing this award which aims to recognise an outstanding contribution to the advancement of women lawyers, and/or a recognisable contribution to issues in legal practice which affect women.


Law Society of SA votes to have equal representation of the metropolitan members of Council

Australian Women Lawyers congratulates the Law Society of South Australia members for voting to support moves to provide greater equity. In an Australian first, the Law Society of South Australia’s Annual General Meeting on 26 October 2015 voted to have equal representation of the metropolitan members of its Council. Members voted overwhelmingly for changes to Executive; a second Vice-President position has been created and one of the Vice-Presidents must be a woman. A further two positions on the eight-person Executive must also now be filled by each gender.


More information about the Law Society of South Australia's initiatives to promote gender equity can be found on that Law Society's Gender Equity webpage:


Women now a majority of in-house counsel, but still face pay gap

According to this article by Felicity Nelson which appeared in Lawyers Weekly on 5 November 2015, while the majority of Australian in-house counsel are women, a new study has shown that most still earn less than men. The Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC’s) global census report, released in October, revealed a persistent pay gap between male and female in-house lawyers in Australia and around the world. Data from the 2015 census showed that a higher percentage of women in Australia earn less than $200,000 per year, while a higher percentage of men in Australia earn more than $200,000 per year.

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AWL questions federal level court appointments

On Tuesday 3 November 2015, AWL issued the attached press release, Where are the women judges.

Lawyers weekly referred to the press release in its article, AWL questions federal level court appointments, written by Lara Bulock and published on 6 November 2015. To read the article, go to