Zero Tolerance for Bullying and Harassment
Speech delivered by Pauline Wright, Law Council of Australia President at the Presidents’ Roundtable dialogue, Law Society of Singapore, 6 January 2020.
"A truly inclusive legal profession should reflect the community it serves, and improving the diversity of the profession translates into improved access to justice in our communities.
While there is significant work still to be done, an increasingly multicultural legal profession provides culturally appropriate and multilingual legal services and representation to some of the most marginalised Australians, including Indigenous Australians and refugee and migrant communities.
Diversity is also crucial to the sustainability of the legal profession as a whole. The attrition rate of female lawyers is high, and experiences of sexual harassment remain a key reason why women leave the law. This is damaging and costly – for individuals, for firms, and for the current and future standing of the legal profession."
You can read the full speech below.