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Partner and National Practice Group Leader Workplace Catherine Wilkinson gave the Welcoming Address at the recent Women in Law Breakfast, confirming our firm’s long association with this well-attended event and commitment to the University of Newcastle as well as diversity and inclusion.

Catherine introduced the guest speaker Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and eminent law academic, Professor Gillian Triggs, noting Professor Trigg’s lifelong commitment to access to justice including her role as Chair of Justice Connect, the public interest service connecting people and communities in need to pro bono legal help.

Professor Triggs in her address and later in conversation with Professor Tania Sourdin, Dean of Newcastle Law School, spoke to the importance of women in the legal profession playing a greater role at senior levels of the profession and for all women to be strong advocates for other women throughout society.  Professor Triggs also addressed the importance of all lawyers championing equality, evidenced-based policy making and in performing the role of informing our community on human rights.

Professor Triggs is currently publishing her biography Speaking Up and was recently appointed Chair of the United Nations AIDS Independent Expert Panel on sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power. 

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