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Women, the Law - and the Corner Office Conference

Justice Susan Glazebrook  
Chair: Justice Susan Glazebrook
Supreme Court
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Chair: Justice Susan Glazebrook DNZM.  Authors: Judge John Adams, Ann Brennan, Lady Deborah Chambers KC, Rachael Dewar, Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox, Rachel Hayward, Prue Kapua, Jane Meares, Judge Stephanie Milroy, Chris Moore, Sarah Owen, Cathy Quinn, Mary Scholtens KC, Cecilia Tarrant, Nick Wells
Published: 28 November 2014
Pages: 149


From the Chair

Since 1990, over 40 percent of lawyers entering the profession have been women. But still the corner office remains elusive.

This conference attempts to analyse why that might be but, more importantly, to suggest strategies to rectify the situation. This is not just a matter of fairness and equality but also of economics. It makes economic sense for firms to utilise all their human resources fully.

In addition, a number of studies now also suggest that firms with a proper gender balance actually perform better. This may be because of the different qualities a critical mass of women bring to an organisation or it may just be because firms with proper gender equality are not wasting talent. Whatever the reason, it is time that the legal profession as a whole takes action and at all levels.

Importantly, such action must be led from the top echelons of the profession, which currently often means by men. This is not just a women’s issue.

I call on both male and female members of the profession to attend the conference. Together let’s move the profession forward properly into the 21st century.

Justice Susan Glazebrook DNZM

Content outline

  • A Private Practice Perspective
  • In-house Women in Law
  • A Linear Lady
  • Windows of Opportunity
  • On Being a Barrister
  • Defining “It” and How I Got There
  • The Male Working Parent
  • Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Māori Lawyers
  • Strategies for Promotion
  • Part-time Partnership
  • The Female Working Parent
  • Strategies for Survival – Māori perspectives
  • My Path to Governance
  • Male Champions of Change (slides only)
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