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Sisters Inside’s Debbie Kilroy and former Justice Betty King headline LIV Women in Leadership event

Sisters Inside’s Debbie Kilroy and former Justice Betty King headline LIV Women in Leadership event

By LIV Media



Leading human rights advocate and CEO of Sisters Inside, Debbie Kilroy OAM will deliver the keynote address at this month’s Women in Leadership lunch, presented by the Law Institute of Victoria.

Former Supreme Court judge and chair of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board, the Honourable Betty King QC, will moderate the discussion which will focus on leading with passion and purpose.

Ms Kilroy was the first and only former prisoner to be admitted to legal practice in Queensland. She turned her life around after being jailed for drug trafficking and works tirelessly to fight for the human rights of women in prison. Recently, she has spearheaded a campaign to ensure no more Aboriginal women go to prison for not being able to pay fines due to poverty. The campaign has raised over $400,000.

After her release from prison in 1992, Debbie Kilroy established Sisters Inside to fight for the human rights of women in prison. Ms Kilroy has tertiary qualifications in social work, forensic mental health and law. In 2013, she opened her own legal practice which practises predominantly in criminal and child protection law. Ms Kilroy was awarded the Order of Australia in 2003 for her work with criminalised and imprisoned women and girls and the Australian Human Rights Award in 2004.

The Honourable Betty King QC served as a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria for ten years before retiring in 2015. She was the first female prosecutor for the State of Victoria, first Commonwealth prosecutor, one of the first women to be appointed Queen’s Counsel, a former County Court judge and famously presided over the Melbourne gangland trials. Ms King is a current board member for Victoria Legal Aid as well as the chair of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.

LIV President Stuart Webb said he anticipated a lively address from two leaders in the legal profession.

“The lives in law of Debbie Kilroy and Betty King are inspirational and will illustrate different paths to serving our community and advocating for justice,” Mr Webb said.

The event is sponsored by legalsuper and Deakin Law School.

For bookings and more information, see the LIV website.

What:   Women in Leadership event with Debbie Kilroy and Betty King

When:  12.30 pm to 2.30 pm Thursday 13 June

Where: Palladium at Crown, Level 1 Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman St Southbank

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