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Women's conference to halt "talent drain"

Women's conference to halt "talent drain"

A coalition of legal bodies in Australia is holding a conference aimed at re-engaging women lawyers and barristers.A two-day conference to be held on 22 and 23 September, Relaunch Your Career…

A coalition of legal bodies in Australia is holding a conference aimed at re-engaging women lawyers and barristers.

A two-day conference to be held on 22 and 23 September, Relaunch Your Career will examine industry trends and opportunities for women lawyers who want to explore different paths to stay in the law or to transition back to the profession having been on a break.

While 60 per cent of law graduates are women, and with equal numbers of men and women in the profession around age 30, there is a sharp decline in female participation after that point.

President of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), Caroline Counsel, said there was "still much work to be done" to reverse the "talent drain" from the legal profession.

Presented by the LIV, Women Barristers Association, Victorian Bar, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and Victorian Women Lawyers, speakers will include senior lawyers, barristers and employment consultants.

The conference will examine women's return to work after motherhood and address the attrition of women out of practice. It will also address the flexibility of working for government as opposed to private practice as well as the need for flexible work arrangements.

For more information or to register, click here

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