Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now?
Empowering and rewarding. Every day I am given the chance to help someone. By doing that, not only am I able to empower someone else to make a change in their life, but I also feel extremely rewarded to be able to help someone in a small way.
What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?
To help people change their life and to always be learning. There is no better career than one that you can do both in. Even as an early career lawyer, I am constantly learning new ways of thinking and doing, whilst helping my clients (hopefully) achieve the best outcome they can get.
What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?
Empowerment, Strength, Change.
What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?
Champions of the profession like Ann-Maree David and Margaret McMurdo give young practitioners something to aspire too. Women like them have paved the way for the new generation. We do not see and are not exposed to the “obstacles” that once would have been in our way, because of them and many others. Having people like them continue to be trailblazers and role models allows young practitioners (men and women) to follow in their footsteps, and help those coming up behind us.
Jessica is a solicitor at Cooroy Legal Centre, social chair at the Sunshine Coast Law Association and social secretary at the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.