Our Deputy Head of Legal Content, Sherika Ponniah, was honoured to act as a judge at the semi-final of the 2019 Baker McKenzie National Women’s Moot at the University of Sydney yesterday. The young women who took out the semis will head into the grand final at the Supreme Court of NSW today. Good luck to both teams. The future of the Bar is looking very bright!
Baker McKenzie National Women’s Moot was first introduced in 2011 by the Sydney University Law Society (“SULS”) in conjunction with the NSW Young Lawyers Special Committee of Law Students’ Societies (“SCLSS”). It is aimed at addressing the equity issues facing women at the Bar and is the first established national moot in which all competitors must be female.
Although the traditional barriers facing women at law school and within the legal profession have generally improved such that our generation may benefit from a more equitable professional environment, the same developments are arguably yet to characterise the bar.
Mooting is an incredibly positive way of encouraging greater advocacy skills and increasing accessibility for women to a career at the bar. It is a way of addressing the inequity of the profession at a grassroots level. It also provides an opportunity for female law students to gain advocacy experience and network with eminent legal practitioners who will judge the moots.
You can learn more about this great initiative and competition via the website.