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Women lawyers get to speak up at Warren Moot

Women lawyers get to speak up at Warren Moot

By Karin Derkley

Advocacy 


More women lawyers will have the chance to speak in court, with the number of teams competing in this year's Warren Moot to be doubled. Up to 16 teams of four women will be able to appear before senior members of the Victorian judiciary in the 2018 Warren Moot running from September to November. The moot was established by Victorian Women Lawyers and is named in honour of former Supreme Court chief justice Marilyn Warren who helped set up the competition in 2015 as a way of encouraging women lawyers to participate in public speaking and gain an insight into life as a barrister. "It is vital that we continue to encourage and support women to take up advocacy roles and, importantly, that we encourage practitioners to brief more women," then Chief Justice Warren said at the time. While the proportion of women working at the Victorian Bar has improved, rising from 16 per cent in 2000 to 29 per cent in 2017, they are still all too rarely given speaking roles.

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