Victorian Women Lawyers | VWList | April 2015
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Flexible work options key to retaining women lawyers

This week VWL will launch its new Flexible Work Protocols - part of VWL's response to the findings of the Law Council of Australia's National Attrition and Re-engagement Study. The protocols aim to help lawyers and legal practices effectively manage flexible work without sacrificing career progression. They also promote sponsorship and mentoring as ways to bring more women through to senior ranks of the legal profession.
Also in this edition of VWList:

> Members and Guests' Night at La Di Da with comedian, Laura Davis
> registration opens for the 2015 Law Student Mentoring Program, a joint initiative of VWL and the Women Barristers' Association
> an opportunity to get involved in VWL's website upgrade project
Did you know you can now visit VWL on LinkedIn?

Launch of VWL's new Flexible Work Protocols: A best practice guide for productive and engaged legal workplaces
12:45 to 2pm Mon 13 April
L37, 101 Collins St, Melb

With Kate Jenkins, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner and Jacqui Abbott, Head of Flexibility and Diversity, Allens.
Find out more and register. 
Read media release.

Annual Members and Guests' Night
5:30 to 8pm Tues 5 May
La Di Da
577 Little Bourke St, Melb

Entertainment by comedian, Laura Davis (2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe, 'Community Kitchen', SBS 'Stand Up'), complimentary drinks, goodie bag, door prizes - what more could you wish for on a Tuesday evening?
Bring your friends!

Find out more and register.
> 14 May 2015 - VWL's Women in Government present a panel discussion on 'Progressions and Promotions in Government'
> 26 May 2015 - A special networking event on marketing, mentoring and career motivation.

Registration now open for 2015 VWL & WBA Law Student Mentoring Program
Now in its eighth year, the Law Student Mentoring Program is a unique opportunity for female law students to gain insight into working in the law, develop valuable networks and share ideas with mentors in the legal profession.
For mentors, there is the satisfaction that comes from helping to shape the career of a female law student.

The Program is endorsed by Commissioner, the Honourable Marcia Neave AO.
Register your interest by 19 April 2015:
Law students / Mentors.

All-woman mooting competition
It's not too late to register your interest in participating in VWL's new mooting competition for Victorian women lawyers.
A key objective of the initiative is to encourage women lawyers with limited public speaking experience to get involved in advocacy – whether it be to build up general public speaking confidence or to explore the possibilities of a future career at the Bar.
Register your interest.

VWL is offering extended 2016 membership for the same price as annual membership. Join now and membership will run through to 30 June 2016. To take advantage of the special offer, please email

Website upgrade - Web content manager wanted
VWL's website is having a makeover! 1 June 2015 is targeted as the new site's launch date. VWL seeks a web content manager to assist with the website upgrade and on an ongoing basis once the new site is operational.
Register your interest in the role by email to

Appointment of Secretary - Executive committee
Congratulations to Bonnie Phillips, appointed Secretary as of 25 March 2015.

VWL's committees focus on:
> justice, law reform and work practices
> communications and networking
> women in government
> women migrant's legal information.

Getting involved in a VWL committee is a valuable way to work on some great projects, meet like-minded women lawyers, get a feel for how VWL operates, learn about governance and leadership, and earn CPD points (up to 3 points for committee participation).
To get involved in a committee, please email

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