Thursday 7th March, 2019

09.20 - 09.50​ 

Opening Address

09:00 - 09:20    Welcome and Opening Address

10.50 - 11.10    Morning Tea

12.40 - 13.30    Lunch Break

15.00 - 15.20    Afternoon Tea

RACV City Club, Melbourne

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Hon Prof Marilyn Warren AC QC

Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Victoria

Marilyn Warren was the first woman to have been appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the first female Chief Justice in any Australian state or territory. During her 14 years as Chief Justice of Victoria (2003 - 2017), Marilyn served also as Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria (2006 - 2017). Australia's highest honour, a Companionship in the Order of Australia (AC), was awarded to Marilyn for her service. As Chief Justice, Marilyn was chair of many legal and judicial bodies, including the Courts Council, the Judicial College and the Judicial Commission of Victoria, the Victorian Council of Legal Education, the Victoria Law Foundation and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. 

09.50 - 10.20​ 

Keynote Address

Ann-Maree David

President and Director, Australian Women Lawyers; Board Member, Australian Gender Equality Council; Executive Director, College of Law

Ann-Maree David is an Executive Director of The College of Law, the largest provider of practice-focused legal education in Australasia. She has worked in the legal profession for over 30 years, in public and corporate sector roles and in private practice as a solicitor.

Ann-Maree has held a career-long passion for developing and delivering education and training programs to enable all involved in the delivery of legal services to thrive both personally and professionally.  

In addition to leading the College of Law’s Queensland campus, Ann-Maree is President of Australian Women Lawyers and a Director of the Australian Gender Equality Council. She also chairs the Queensland Law Society’s Equity & Diversity Committee.

10.20 - 10.50​ 

Keynote Address

Terri Janke

Solicitor Director, Terri Janke and Company

Terri Janke is a Wuthathi/Meriam woman from Cairns. She empowers Indigenous people so they prosper. She has over 20 years of practice experience in intellectual property. Terri’s governance experience is gained through key board positions including; National Centre of Indigenous Excellence NCIE (Deputy Chair, Governance Committee and Audit and Assurance Committee) and previous board positions including; Jawun (Director, Member of Audit and Risk Committee), Tourism Australia, Chair of National Indigenous Television (NITV), Chair of Ngalaya Indigenous Lawyers Association. Terri Janke won NAIDOC Person of the Year in 2011 and the Attorney General's National Indigenous Lawyer of the Year Award in 2012.

11.10 - 12.40​ 

Discussion Panel


Working in the legal sector has long been considered a rigid and all-consuming career choice. From 60+ hour weeks and billable hours to demanding workplace hierarchies and mental fatigue, law professionals have high expectations placed on them every day and it can be a constant challenge to develop a fulfilling career as well as maintain a sustainable work-life balance; even more so for women. This panel session will explore strategies for women to advance their career while also maintaining a strong sense of resilience and self-growth. What are the enablers for women leaders to flourish in the workplace? What steps can women in the legal sector take to transform their career path whilst also maintaining overall life satisfaction? How can employers in the sector explore more progressive approaches to workplace flexibility and culture whilst maintaining performance?​


Principal and Founder, Hive Legal

Mitzi Gilligan is the Principal and Founder of Hive Legal, Director at Xakia Technologies, Director at RATCH – Australia, Chair of the Swinburne Law School External Advisory Committee and member of the Justice Connect Digital Innovation Advisory Board.

Hive Legal was founded 5 years ago on the vision of improving the experience for its team and its clients. With a flexible cloud based work place, a commitment to innovation and by replacing timesheets with value pricing, Hive has proved top tier legal services and can be compatible with work/life integration, diversity and innovation. Mitzi is strongly committed to pro bono legal services and served on the Justice Connect board for 11 years – 7 years as Chair. 


Lawyer and Non-Executive Director

Claire is a senior lawyer, mentor, mediator and a non-executive director of Marist180 (one of the largest organisations committed to empowering at-risk youth in Australia), My Property Circles (a property platform that matches like-minded, financially suitable people), and the University of Technology Sydney Law Advisory Board.

Claire has been recognised as one of Australia’s best lawyers and female executives, including having been awarded the “Excellence Award for Women in Law”, “General Counsel of the Year”, “Female Executive of the Year in Asia, Australia & New Zealand”, “Mentor of the Year” and most recently she was featured in SmartCompany's 2018 International Women's Day Showcase.  


President, Asian Australian Lawyers Association; Director (Legal), PwC Australia

Tuanh Nguyen is a Director in the corporate law practice at PwC Legal, specialising in providing legal advice to Australian and international corporate clients on corporate transactions.  In particular, she specialises in advising clients on initial and secondary equity capital raisings (acting as counsel for issuers and underwriters/lead managers), ASX listings, securities regulation (including ASX listing rule and corporate governance matters). Tuanh is also the National President of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association, which is the first Australian law association of its kind, focused on promoting Asian cultural diversity in the Australian legal profession.


Senior Associate, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Azmeena Hussain is an Office Leader and Senior Associate at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. She acts for clients who have suffered injury, loss or damage in the course of their employment. She is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in personal injury law and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Azmeena is the Deputy Chair of InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence and Deputy Chair of the Islamic Museum of Australia. She is a Trustee and Director of the Victoria Women’s Trust and an AFL Multicultural Ambassador. She is the Chair of Maurice Blackburn’s National Cultural Diversity Strategy and a passionate advocate for human rights. 

13.30 - 14.20​ 

Development Session


The time for action is now. It is time for each and every one of us to take accountability in creating gender equity. Our aim is to empower individuals and organisations, across all industries and sectors, to make all kinds of small and large-scale change. Delegates will work together to identify change levers, outcomes and commitments.​

14.20 - 15.00​ 

Keynote Address


CEO, Maddocks

Michelle Dixon is a partner and the Chief Executive Officer of Maddocks, an Australian law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.  Michelle was appointed as CEO of Maddocks in 2014 after 13 years as a partner and 8 years as leader of the firm’s commercial disputes team. 

Michelle’s leadership has seen the firm continue to grow and to lead the way on issues such as gender equality and diversity. During her time as CEO, Maddocks has been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equity Agency (WGEA). Her leadership led Michelle to be named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015.

15.20 - 16.00​​ 

Keynote Address


Former Human Rights Commissioner

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and the Chair of Justice Connect, a non-profit dedicated to connecting people locked out of the justice system with free legal help. She is also Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Vice President of the Asian Development Bank Tribunal.

Gillian was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-07. She is a former barrister and a Governor of the College of Law. She graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982.

16.00 - 16.40​

Keynote Address


Lawyer, Comedian and Television Presenter

Corinne Grant is an accomplished stand-up, MC, presenter, writer and broadcaster and has performed both nationally and internationally. In addition to her years on Rove Live and The Glasshouse, she has appeared on everything from Spicks and Specks to Dancing With The Stars to Good News Week. She has co-hosted successful national radio shows, performed countless solo live shows and appeared everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to the Kalgoorlie Arts Centre. Corinne completed her Juris Doctor in 2015, graduating from the University of Melbourne.  She is now a practising lawyer fighting for the rights of working people as a part of the Maurice Blackburn team.

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16:40 - 17:00    Review & Closing Comments

Anna BrowN

Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre

Anna’s fingerprints are on nearly every major reform for LGBTI people in recent years. Most recently, she played a critical role in the national campaign for marriage equality and ran the constitutional challenge to the postal plebiscite in the High Court on behalf of Australian Marriage Equality.

Anna is also Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign and Co-Chair of the Justice Working Group of the Victorian Government LGBTI Taskforce. In recognition for her contribution to the LGBTI community, Anna was named Victorian GLBTI person of the year in the inaugural GLOBE community awards in November 2014, was a finalist for Victorian Australian of the Year in 2015 and won the Tim McCoy Award in 2015.