One of VWL’s key objectives is to remove barriers and increase opportunities for participation by, and advancement of,
women in the legal profession in Victoria.
2022 VWL & WBA LAW STUDENT MENTORING PROGRAM
About the program
The Law Student Mentoring Program is a joint initiative run by Victorian Women Lawyers and the Women Barristers’ Association.
Now in its 15th year, the program is a wonderful opportunity for women students to gain insight into working in the law, develop valuable networks and share ideas with mentors in the legal profession.
As we gradually return to in-person work and study, the benefits that flow from a positive mentoring relationship have the potential to be immensely valuable to both mentee and mentor alike.
Pairs are encouraged to meet face-to-face, via video link, or over the phone. You may choose to meet at VWL and WBA events, over a virtual coffee catch up, at lunchtime, weekend brunch, at the office or however suits you best! It is recommended pairs meet at least three times over a six month period, however, pairs are welcome to meet more often and to supplement/substitute meetings with emails and phone calls – whatever you feel comfortable with.
There is no ongoing commitment at the end of the program though in the past, many mentors and mentees have formed strong professional relationships and have stayed in touch.
Applications to participate in this year’s program as a mentor or mentee are now open and close on Friday 20 May 2022. You can apply here: https://vwl.asn.au/expression-of-interest-forms/
Mentees must be members of VWL however mentors are not required to be members.
Matched pairs will be notified in late May and an in-person launch function for the program will be held shortly after.
The Law Student Mentoring Program is proudly sponsored by K&L Gates.
For more information, view the flyer here.
Each year VWL receives expressions of interest in the mentoring program from students of a number of Victorian universities and tertiary institutions, including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, LaTrobe University, Deakin University, Victoria University, RMIT and Swinburne University. VWL seeks to match these students with interested legal professionals to undertake a formal mentoring relationship.
The mentoring program was first launched in 2008 and has the honour of being endorsed by Program Patron, the Honourable Marcia Neave AO, who chaired the Royal Commission into Family Violence and previously sat as a Justice of the Court of Appeal. In 2016, the Honourable Justice Rita Incerti joined the Honourable Neave as a co-patron of the program, prior to the Honourable Neave’s retirement as a patron of the program in 2019. Justice Incerti is a committed member of VWL and actively supports the professional development of female lawyers through mentoring.
The number of students expressing interest in being mentored has grown substantially since the program commenced in 2008. This demonstrates that the mentoring program continues to be highly relevant to women who are preparing to enter the legal profession, particularly as issues of sex discrimination, gender inequality, concerns of diversity for CALD women, women living with disabilities and women of the LGBTQIA+ community, and unconscious bias, as well as obstacles to flexible work practices, remain prevalent. In recent times, we have also seen an increase in interest from participants in regional centres reflecting VWL’s focus on increasing participation by members from regional areas.
VWL has now matched over 1,500 pairs in mentoring relationships since the program’s inception. This year, similar to previous years, VWL will match hundreds of mentors and mentees. To manage the overwhelming popularity of the program and encourage support for VWL, students wishing to participate in the program are required to be a VWL members (membership is not a requirement for mentors).
Please contact the Law Student Mentoring Program Co-Ordinator at [email protected] if you have any questions.
THE WARREN MOOT
About the program
Now in its seventh year, the Victorian Women Lawyers is proud to announce the 2021 Warren Moot.
The Warren Moot was named in honour of the former Chief Justice Marilyn Warren of the Supreme Court of Victoria. The Moot provides participants with an opportunity to test their advocacy skills and engage directly with respected members of the judiciary, namely judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, County Court and Federal Circuit Court.
The Warren Moot is open to law students, graduates and solicitors.
Participants will have the opportunity to obtain feedback on their oral and written advocacy skills from members of the Victorian Bar in the mock round.
The Warren Moot is endorsed by the Honourable Marilyn Warren AC QC and proudly sponsored by Maddocks.
We will be launching this year’s Warren Moot on Wednesday, 18 August 2021. We have arranged a stellar line up of panellists to launch the Moot, being her Honour Justice Warren, her Honour Justice Mortimer and her Honour Justice Walker.
Applications to register to participate in this year’s Moot are now open. Get in quick – a limited number of spots are available. Register your team HERE.
More information can be found in the competition flyer here.
- Participation is subject to the Moot Rules (view here).
- All participants must be members of VWL
- Registrations will close on Friday, 20 August 2021 (or earlier if spaces are filled)
- Launch event: Wednesday, 18 August 2021
- Mock Round -Teams will participate in an interactive coaching session with a practising barrister: Monday, 23 August 2021
- Round One: Monday, 13 September 2021
- Quarter Final: Monday, 4 October 2021
- Semi-Final: Monday, 26 October 2021
- Grand Final & Presentation Evening: Monday, 15 November 2021
Warren Moot Honour Board
2021 Winners - Jenna Dimitrakas, Clare Stambe and Monique Scalzo
2020 Winners - Amelia French, Amelia Hunter, Olivia Smedley and Sarah Tucker
2019 Winners - Margie Brown, Steph Noack and Beatrice Paull
2018 Winners - Alexandra Harrison-Ichlov, Michelle Ainsworth, Eleni Kannis and Emma Ffrench-Mullen
2017 Winners - Julianna Marshall, Catharine Thorpe, Holly Jager and Paige Darby
2016 Winners - Ellen Williams, Kelly Butler, Bobbi Murphy and Holly Fairhurst
2015 Winners - Reegan Morison, Katherine Farrell, Amy Yeap and Alice Smith
VWL Run Club
Victorian Women Lawyers invites you to join our run club - Every Monday at 6:00pm. Starting on Monday, 12 April
Wellbeing is now recognised as imperative to building and maintaining a successful and rewarding career, especially for women working or studying in the legal field.
The Victorian Women Lawyers Networking Committee invites you to join our Run Club, to exercise your way to wellbeing by releasing some feel-good chemicals while connecting with others in this free and fun running group.
The group will run by the Yarra River and the Tan along the Royal Botanical Garden. It will be 45 minutes of fun whilst taking in the sights of our beautiful city. Participants will be provided with an introductory session on the first day of Run Club.
It’s a great way to meet other VWL members and get fit at the same time.
So grab your running gear and join us! All levels of running are welcome!
For more information click here.
To register for the run club click here
PROFESSIONAL MENTORING PROGRAM 2021
Building on the success of the VWL Law Student Mentoring Program, VWL's Professional Mentoring Program is designed to enable female and female-identifying members of the legal profession to obtain the benefits that may be drawn from a 1:1 mentoring relationship.
A launch event will be held in the coming months for mentors and mentees.
Mentees must be members of VWL who have completed their legal studies. Mentees with all levels of experience in the profession are encouraged to apply – the program is designed to assist new graduates as well as more senior lawyers seeking advice on professional development.
Mentors must have at least 5 years experience in the profession and are not required to be members of VWL, though we do encourage mentors to apply to become a member of the organisation.
Applications for the Professional Mentoring Program are now closed.