The women defining excellence for the next 100 years

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Showcasing stories of leadership, mentorship, and an enduring legacy of determination

The last 100 years have not only been about overcoming challenges but also about empowering the next generation. At the heart of Year 101's mission is our #CelebratingWomenInLaw campaign, an online movement highlighting the stories of influential women who have left their mark on the legal profession.

Inspired by Dr Kirstin Ferguson’s viral #CelebratingWomen campaign, #CelebratingWomenInLaw was created not just as a nod to history, but as a commitment to the ongoing support and celebration of women in the legal sphere. When one woman shines, so do those around her, sparking infectious confidence and courage. The collective voice of women in law holds the power to circumvent diversity obstacles in the legal industry and create a more equitable playing field for all.

You'll find a repository of wisdom in our profiles, which highlights women’s suggestions on how leaders and workplaces can address the diversity gap and redefine perceptions about women’s lives and aspirations. There is no better time than now to share the experiences, challenges and opportunities facing women in the legal industry. As Dr Kirstin Ferguson says, throw down a fishing net, not just a ladder, to bring up as many women together, all supporting each other. Together, we’re changing the narrative, shaping a fairer world for women in law everywhere.

Explore stories of mentorship, leadership, and the ongoing commitment to fostering a more inclusive legal community below, and don't forget to join us on LinkedIn or follow the hashtag #celebratingwomeninlaw.

Ainslie Cunningham

Co-Founder

3YS Owls

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Alena Shields

Regional Counsel

Stryker

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Amanda Fajerman

Engagement Manager

Barhead Solutions

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Amanda Ong

Senior Legal Counsel

Endeavour Group

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Amber Sharp

Partner

McCullough Robertson

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Amie Mish-Wills

Assistant Director – Technical Liaison Office

Fair Work Ombudsman

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Ann-Maree David

Executive Director

College of Law

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Anna Hendry

Partner

HopgoodGanim Lawyers

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Anne-Marie Cade

CEO and Founder

Divorce Right Pty Ltd

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Anne-Marie Rice

Director

Rice Dispute Resolution

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Ashleigh Best

Barrister

Victorian Bar

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Ashleigh DoRozario

Lawyer

Potts Lawyers

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Balveen Ajimal

Managing Director

Community Capital

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Belinda Breakspear

Partner

McCullough Robertson

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Belinda Winter

Partner

Cooper Grace Ward

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Beth Rolton

Partner

Travis Schultz and Partners

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Bethany Du

Senior Legal Counsel

RES

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Bevlee Reaston

Director

Reaston Drummond Law (RDLAW Pty Ltd)

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Bridie Nolan

Barrister, Arbitrator and Mediator

12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers

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Carmel Mulhern

Group General Counsel and Group Executive Legal & Group Governance

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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Caryn Sandler

Partner and Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer

Gilbert + Tobin

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Chloe Heterick

Associate (Lawyer)

Shine Lawyers

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Claire Grant

Barrister

31 Sturt Chambers

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Claire Smith

Partner

Clayton Utz

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Clare Eves

National Practice Leader Medical Law

Shine Lawyers

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Clarissa Rayward

Director

Brisbane Family Law Centre and Happy Lawyer Happy Life

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Claudia Cameron

General Counsel (Acting)

CS Energy

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Deb Anderson

Co-Founder and Corporate Governance Consultant

3YS Owls

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Della Burnside

Partner

The Burnside Partnership

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Dr Katrina Kluss

Barrister

More Chambers

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Erin Priest

Legal Counsel

Vita Group

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Eva Vicic

Partner

McCullough Robertson

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Fenella Mahoney

Head of Legal and Risk

Me&U

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Gabi Crafti

Barrister

Victorian Bar

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Genevieve Coleman

Senior Associate

McCullough Robertson

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Genevieve Collins

Chief Executive Partner

Lander & Rogers Lawyers

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Hannah Barbour

Agribusiness lawyer

Thynne + Macartney

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Hannah McNeale

Senior Legal Officer

ODPP Cairns

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Hayley Grossberg

Contracts Manager

Amp Energy

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Heather Watson

Principal Lawyer/Director

Watson Advisory

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Helen Driscoll

Solicitor

Rose Litigation Lawyers

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Hilary Thorpe

General Counsel

AGL

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Ida Abbott

President

Ida Abbott Consulting

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Jacqueline Grinsell

Senior Legal Counsel

AACO

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Jamie Shine

General Manager - Head Trauma

Shine Lawyers

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Jane Seawright

Director and Principal

Seawright Consulting

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Jeanne Kelly

Senior Partner

LK Shields LLP

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Jillian Barrett

Principal Lawyer

Maurice Blackburn

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Jo Alilovic

Director

3D HR Legal

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Joanne Khoo

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Cairns Airport/Mackay Airports

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Jodi Palmer

Vice President Legal & Complance

Volvo Group Australia

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Jodie Robinson

Special Counsel

McCullough Robertson

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Justine Rowe

Chief of Staff and Legal Services Executive

Telstra Corporation

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Kara Best

Founding Partner

Best Wilson Buckley Family Law

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Kara Thomson

Consultant

Hughes and Lewis Legal

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Karen Grumley

Head of Legal - Coal

Pacific National

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Karen Hauff

Lawyer

Origin

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Karen Trainor

National Practice Group Leader, Environment & Planning

Clayton Utz

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Kate Clark

Legal Director

Clark & Associates Mediation Services

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Kate Do

Special Counsel

Shine Lawyers

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Kate Hynes

Healf of Legal and Business Affairs

Hoodlum

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Katherine Hayes

Partner

Carter Newell

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Katherine Kay

Partner

Stikeman Elliott LLP

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Kathleen Conroy

Partner

Gadens

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Kathryn Pacey

Partner

Clayton Utz

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Katie Richards

Managing Director

Virtual Legal

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Katriina Tahka

CEO

A-Ha (A Human Agency)

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Kay Ryan

Acting Magistrate

Magistrates Court of Queensland

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Keertan Samra

Solicitor

Women's Legal Service Queensland

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Kelli Martin

Founder and Managing Partner

KLM Solicitors

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Kelly Alcorn

Partner

Carter Newell

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Kelly McIntyre

Barrister

Hemmant's List

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Kiarah Kelly

Collaborative Family Lawyer

Brisbane Family Law Centre

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Kim Trajer

Chief Operating Officer

McCullough Robertson

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Kristan Conlon

Chair of Partners

McCullough Robertson

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Kristen Podagiel

Non-Executive Director

PWR Advanced Cooling Technology

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Laryssa Perkins

Senior Associate

McCullough Robertson Lawyers

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Leah Stangle

Senior Legal Counsel

Downer Group

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Linda Ryle

Founder, Executive & Managing Director

CALM - Cultural Advocacy and Legal Mediation.

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Louise Horrocks

Partner

McCullough Robertson

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Lucy Dickens

Legal Innovator

Doing Law Differently

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Lucy Ferguson

Clarity Law

Solicitor

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Lyria Bennet Moses

Director, Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation

UNSW Law

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Maddy Harrington

In-house Solicitor

Griffith University

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Mala Heffernan

Principal Lawyer

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

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Meg Morgan

Partner

McCullough Robertson

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Melinda Kastanya

Legal Counsel

BHP

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Melissa Lyon

Exective Director & Experience Designer

Hive Legal

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Michelle Dixon

Partner

Maddocks

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Michelle James

Principal Lawyer

Maurice Blackburn

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Natalia Blecher

Lawyer

Gilbert + Tobin

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Nicole Elliott

Solicitor

ACM Legal

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Nicole Schwartz

Paralegal

PayPal

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Nikki Robinson

National Practice Group Leader

Clayton Utz

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Nola Pearce

Barrister

Level Twenty Seven Chambers

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Olamide Kowalik

Consultant - Special Counsel

Revolution Law

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Phuong Trinh

Head of APAC Legal & Compliance

Jump Trading LLC

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Rachel Baird

General Manager, Professional Development and Education

Australian Property Institute

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Rachel Langford-Ely

Senior Commercial Manager

APA Group

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Rachel Scanlon

Asia-Pacific Lead

D2 Legal Technology

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This campaign is not just a reflection of the past; it's an invitation to join the celebration of women in law. We invite you to nominate other women within the legal industry to share their stories, anecdotes, and tributes. Together, let's honour their legacy and inspire future generations.

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