GENDER ON THE AGENDA: A SURVEY OF THE VICTORIAN LEGAL PROFESSION VWL has launched Gender on the Agenda: A Survey of the Victorian Legal Profession and is seeking responses by Monday 15 October 2018. The pay gap in the legal sector is close to 30%. This is partially explained by occupational segregation but that’s not the full explanation. Women make up only 10% of CEOs or managing partners in law firms but account for 70% of the industry including the majority of junior lawyers. Gender on the Agenda aims to help us understand when and how women lawyers encounter the pay gap and how and why it becomes entrenched.
VWL are seeking input from all employers on pay gap analysis, PAE levels, parental and carer leave policies, flexible work practices, career progression and pay transparency. Employers will also have the option of sharing their de-identified policies to contribute towards the development of best practice guidelines. Those employers leading the way will have the option of nominating for the inaugural VWL Pay Equity Award.
DISCRIMINATION, HUMAN RIGHTS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS A panel discussion on issues in the law affecting the LGBTI community Victorian Women Lawyers welcomes you to join us for a panel discussion facilitated by Kristen Walker QC, the Solicitor-General for Victoria. The panel will explore the interplay between discrimination, human rights and religious freedoms in light of the US Supreme Court decision of Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and in particular the impact of the decision on the LGBTI community. We encourage you to submit any questions you might have upon registration for this event, which will be anonymously put to our panel to provide their candid responses and share insight from their own experiences. RSVP by Monday 22 October 2018
Raising the Bar 2018 Networking Breakfast and Panel Discussion -- Please join us for a morning of lively discussion over breakfast, where you will have the opportunity to hear from our diverse panel of speakers from different practising backgrounds and levels of experience. The discussion will span how to make the transition to the Bar, including tackling the Bar exam, the Bar readers' course, how to choose and get the most out of your barristers’ clerk, and how to survive and thrive at the Bar. We encourage you to submit any burning questions you might have upon registration for this event, which will be anonymously put to our panel to provide their candid responses and share insight from their own experiences.
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