Ashleigh DoRozario

Ashleigh DoRozario

Ashleigh is a litigation lawyer at Potts Lawyers, with significant experience in dispute resolution with a strong focus on insurance and compensation law.

Ashleigh is also legally blind due to a rare genetic autoimmune disorder, and is dedicated to advancing disability confidence, providing an educational service to the legal profession.

In 2021, Ashleigh was a awarded the in the Emergent Woman of The Year Award at the 2021 Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) Awards.

 

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now (whether at home, work, in the community, etc.)?

Legally blind advocate for accessibility, equal opportunity and inclusion of people with disability, impairment or injury – in all facets of life.

 

What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

Please include us!

What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?

Create opportunity, employ and retain people from diverse backgrounds in order to develop truly diverse thinking in the legal industry. Likewise, a trust relationship needs to be established for people to feel safe to voice their concerns and ideas for improvement. When people of diversity are better reflected in the profession, and included in decision-making and leadership roles, that is when diverse thinking will manifest and moreover, be heard and actioned.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

To help people, particularly people like me. I was a paralegal for many years, prior to becoming a lawyer. Throughout that period in my life, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and became legally blind. A barrister (now judge) who is also from a diverse background, taught me that my disability was not a barrier to entering the profession. I empathised with people adapting to and living with injury, impairment and disability; and the everyday hurdles that needed to be overcome. My experiences became my main driver to help others like me.

Claire Grant

Claire Grant

Claire is a Barrister at 31 Sturt Chambers, and holds extensive experience as a criminal lawyer.

Having been practising since 2007, and a member of the Bar Association of Queensland since 2011, Claire has experience in Queensland in both the Supreme and District Courts, as well as having appeared both as lead counsel and junior counsel in the Court of Appeal, and as junior counsel in the High Court of Australia on criminal appeals.

Claire has also recently been appointed Legal Aid Queensland’s Complex Criminal Case Barrister Panel. 

In 2021, Claire was a finalist in the Regional Woman of The Year Award at the 2021 Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) Awards.

 

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now (whether at home, work, in the community, etc.)?

Provide specialist advice to those within the community and appear in Court.

 

 

What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

Variety, difference, inclusivity.

 

 

What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?

Devoting time to reflection and fostering self-awareness and expanded thinking.

 

 

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

I had a budding interest in the law and a motivation to provide assistance to those in my community.

Kara Best

Kara Best

Kara Best is a founding partner of Best Wilson Buckley Family Law, and in October 2021, was appointed as a Senior Judicial Registrar in the newly amalgamated Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

In 2021, Kara was a finalist in the Regional Woman of The Year Award at the 2021 Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) Awards.

 

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now (whether at home, work, in the community, etc.)?

I generate solutions for problems.


What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

Inclusion, Compassion and Growth.


What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?

Greater self-insight and investment in understanding our own drivers. Thought leaders whom challenge poor behaviour and encourage greater insight and respect. More compassion, and greater appreciation that so much in this world is inherently grey, as opposed to black or white.


What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

A desire to help others, and to win the odd argument.

The Hon. Margaret McMurdo AC

The Hon. Margaret McMurdo AC

The Hon. Margaret McMurdo AC is one of Australia’s most celebrated and experienced lawyers, having held a number of chair and board positions, amongst practising for a number of years.

In 2021, Margaret was awarded the Women in Excellence Award at the 2021 Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) Awards.

Kyna Morice

Kyna Morice

Kyna is the principal lawyer at Legal Aid Queensland, Toowoomba.

A decorated and celebrated member of the legal community, in 2021, Kyna was awarded the Regional Woman of The Year Award at the 2021 Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) Awards.

Kelli Martin

Kelli Martin

Kelli is the founder and Managing Partner at KLM Solicitors, specialising in family and criminal law.

In 2021, Kelli was a finalist in the Leneen Forde AC Woman of the Year Award at the 2021 Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) Awards.

 

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now (whether at home, work, in the community, etc.)?

I am a respected legal professional, business leader, mentor and social justice advocate. I am particularly passionate about providing women with opportunities to learn and grow as legal professionals, and take enormous pride in mentoring and creating new pathways for young women in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Alongside this, I am a passionate advocate and tireless worker in support of access to justice and the empowerment of women to end domestic and family violence. Through my professional work and community roles, particularly my extensive involvement with the Red Rose Foundation and Women’s Legal Service Queensland, I have had the privilege to be a voice for women, often during their darkest hours. I have seen first-hand how supported access to justice has made a positive impact on their lives.

 

What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

Opportunity, empowerment and inclusion

 
What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?

In order for there to be truly diverse thinking within the legal industry there must first be diversity of voices. I believe everyone has the right to be heard and there should be representation of these voices at all levels within the profession. I employ both men and women of all ages, university students, graduates and mothers. Workplace flexibility and genuinely caring for my employees mental health is so important to me because at the end of the day everyone’s lives are different. When I opened KLM Solicitors, my first daughter was only 11 months old and I committed to taking this leap into entrepreneurship while also managing a young family. With my second daughter born in March 2016, just a year into my business journey, I experienced first-hand the pressures women in the workplace are faced with. It is these pressures that often see women forced out of professions such as law. However, I knew from my experience how important it was to be understanding of the pressures on other women and ensure my firm had flexible arrangements that meant women could work hard, advance their career and also have a family.

 

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

From a young age I had a deep desire to improve access to justice for everyone in the community, particularly for vulnerable women and bring about an end to domestic and family violence. The increasingly appalling domestic violence statistics are what continue to drive me to push for change and address the factors surrounding domestic and family violence. I strongly believe my purpose is to educate the next generation to be strong advocates for social justice and victims of domestic violence. This is exactly why I embarked upon my journey in the legal industry – I have never looked back and have always stayed true to my values, beliefs and overall business vision.

Rebecca Treston QC

Rebecca Treston QC

Rebecca is a Queens Counsel at Callinan Lawyers, and is regarded as a market leader in a number of areas of law, including wills, eatetes and trusts, insurance, common law and statutory liability.

In 2021, Rebecca was awarded the Leneen Forde AC Woman of the Year Award at the 2021 Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ) Awards.