The Law Society has established a new Diversity and Inclusion Committee, comprising members of the Law Society who represent a wide cross section of the profession.
The role of the Committee is to promote diversity, equality and inclusion in the legal profession, in particular by progressing initiatives to ensure the equality of opportunity for all members of the profession, regardless of race, ethnicity, heritage, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession: The Business Case
The Law Society has developed the first comprehensive business case for diversity and inclusion for law firms and organisations that employ legal practitioners in NSW.
The business case provides a rationale for why diversity and inclusion are important and identifies specific areas in which having a diverse and inclusive culture can improve the performance of a law firm or organisation. It also provides practical tips for law firms and organisations to consider when adopting a strategy for enhancing diversity and inclusion.
Click here for a copy of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession: The Business Case.
Our commitment to Diversity, Equality, Respect and Inclusion
The Law Society of NSW has adopted the Law Council’s Diversity and Equality Charter.
The Australian legal profession is committed to promoting diversity, equality, respect and inclusion consistent with the principles of justice, integrity, equity and the pursuit of excellence upon which the profession is founded.
We recognise that diversity benefits the legal profession and the community as a whole.
Accordingly, the Australian legal profession and its members:
- treat all people with respect and dignity regardless of sex, sexuality, disability, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or other arbitrary feature
- create and foster equality through a supportive and understanding environment for all individuals to realise their maximum potential regardless of difference
- promote and support a strong and fair legal profession comprising, accommodating, encouraging and respecting a diverse range of individuals and views
View the Law Council's Diversity and Equality Charter