In November of last year, the Honourable Justice Susan May Kiefel AC was appointed as the 13th Chief Justice of the High Court. This was a landmark moment for Australia’s legal system, according to the Law Council of Australia, as Justice Kiefel will be the first woman appointed to the role.
Law Council President, Stuart Clark AM, describes Justice Kiefel as a ‘…trailblazer for women in the legal profession.’ Her experience reads as one who has worked hard to achieve this, with positions including the first female QC appointed in Queensland in 1987, then appointed to the Queensland Supreme Court in 1993 and the Federal Court of Australia in 1994. Justice Kiefel also served as President of the Queensland Bar Association and part-time Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission.
Justice Keifel’s career in the legal profession should serve as an inspiration not just for females, but for all young people who have an aspiration to work in the legal system.
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