08 December 2016

The Law Society of NSW has today been awarded the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation for 2016.

Conferred by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the citation encourages, recognises and promotes active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Law Society of NSW CEO, Michael Tidball, said the citation was an honour and a tribute to the deliberate work of the Law Society of NSW, both within the organisation itself and its work to advance gender equality in the wider legal profession.

"The Executive team, the Council and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee have all worked hard to advance gender equality in and beyond the organisation," said Mr Tidball..

"The launch of the Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession in October is illustrative of that commitment.

"The Charter is a substantial commitment, requiring significant undertakings by signatories in the next two years.

"Yet by their signing on, we've had 115 law firms make a public pledge to the principles and tangible actions therein."

Mr Tidball said that the Law Society of NSW has implemented a range of other initiatives targeting gender equality under its Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession Program.

"From our CPD programs focusing on the specific development needs of women and expanded women's mentoring program, to the Advancement of Women website launched in May, we are an organisation determined to walk the talk when it comes to gender equality," said Mr Tidball.

"We have a healthy gender balance at all levels of the organisation, and we are also encouraging the profession to follow suit.

"I am pleased to see that numerous law firms have made the EOCGE citation list this year and last year," Mr Tidball said.

Mr Tidball said last week's appointment of Justice Susan Kiefel's as Chief Justice in the High Court was a highlight in the journey to gender equality in the legal community.

"While we have a long way to go, we are making positive inroads across the profession," said Mr Tidball.

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