Women in Law Committee

The Shirley Smith Address is organised and promoted by the Women in Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society’s Wellington branch.

The Committee comprises a group of approximately 25 women lawyers, at all levels of the profession.

The Committee’s focus is on advancing the position of women in the legal profession.  To that end, the Committee runs regular events and seminars and lobbies on issues relevant to women lawyers.

In 2016 the Committee will be focusing on a ‘champions of change’ initiative in an effort to assist the wider profession to engage with the persistent difficulties that the profession faces in retaining women in mid and senior positions. This initiative aims to encourage senior men in the profession to engage with, and contribute to, our work in this area.