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AWL appoints High Court judge as new patron

Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) has appointed its fourth patron: a High Court of Australia judge, who will replace outgoing AWL patron, former High Court chief justice Susan Kiefel AC KC.

user iconLauren Croft 07 February 2024 Big Law
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The Honourable Justice Jacqueline Sarah Gleeson of the High Court of Australia (pictured) has been appointed as the fourth patron of Australian Women Lawyers.

Justice Gleeson is AWL’s fourth patron, following on from the Honourable Mary Gaudron KC, the Honourable Diana Bryant AO KC and the Honourable Susan Kiefel AC KC, whom the legal body thanked for her dedicated commitment and service to AWL.


After being first admitted as a solicitor in 1989, Justice Gleeson was made senior counsel in 2012 before being appointed to the High Court of Australia in March 2021. At the time of her appointment, she was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, having been appointed to that position in April 2014. She has a bachelor of arts, bachelor of laws, and master of laws degrees from the University of Sydney.

“Justice Gleeson has long supported the interests of women in the law throughout her career, and we are honoured that she has accepted the role of patron of the peak body for all women lawyers in Australia,” AWL said in a statement.