Women in Law judges revealed

By Emma Ryan|01 October 2017

Lawyers Weekly is pleased to announce the judging panel for this year’s Women in Law Awards.

Now in its sixth year, the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards recognises the achievements of women who have challenged, influenced or changed the practice of law in Australia.

This year there are a total of 21 categories, giving industry-wide recognition to female legal professionals who demonstrate a passion for the law and dedication to personal advancement.

A total of 20 judges (listed below) have been selected and given the task of reviewing the submissions, eventually selecting a winner for each category.


The winners of this year’s Women in Law Awards will be announced at a black-tie evening on Friday, 20 October 2017, at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

To learn more about the event, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here.

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The judges for the Women in Law Awards 2017 are:

Linda Baxter, director, Continuing Professional Development, Leo Cussen Centre for Law

Amy Challans, immediate past president, Australian Women Lawyers

John Chisholm, owner, John Chisholm Consulting

Benedict Coyne, president, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

Ann-Maree David, executive director, The College of Law

Tony Dormer, managing director, Kreston Dormers

Ted Dwyer, director, Dwyer Consulting

Sarah Fregon, chief executive officer, The Victorian Bar

Professor Sandeep Gopalan, pro vice-chancellor (Academic Innovation), Deakin University

Natalie Hickey, Barrister, List G Barristers

Professor Lesley Hitchens, dean, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney

Benjamin Lee, general counsel and company secretary, Mercedes-Benz Australia

Albert Monichino QC, Barrister, chartered arbitrator, Mediator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (‘CIArb’)

Bianca Quan, convenor, Victorian Women Lawyers

Alexandra Rose, senior manager - Group Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Insurance Australia Group

Shoshana Shields, legal director/general counsel, eBay

Jonathan Smithers, chief executive officer, Law Council of Australia

Troy Swan, head of legal & company secretary, Staples Australia Pty Limited & Staples New Zealand Limited

Jacob Waye-Harris, partner, Waye-Harris Lawyers

Professor George Williams AO, dean of law, UNSW Law

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