Why diversity?

28 September 2021


For the first time Asian Australia Lawyers Association, Women Lawyers Association Queensland, Pride in Law, Pasifika Lawyers Association of Queensland, Indigenous Lawyers Association Queensland, QLS Diverse Abilities Network and the African Lawyers Network have joined together to bring you this important panel discussion. Moderated by the Honourable Justice Walter Sofronoff, President of the Queensland Court of Appeal our diverse panellists will discuss ‘Why diversity?’ matters, sharing lived experiences. 

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4:30 pm

5:00 pm
Welcome to Country

5:05 pm
Welcome remarks

Presenter: Elizabeth Shearer, President, Queensland Law Society

5:10 pm
Why diversity?

A short video presentation will be screened prior to the panel commencing.

Why Diversity?

Join us as our panellists share stories of their different lived experiences in their journey in the legal profession. We will address questions provided on notice as well as questions from the floor.


Ashleigh DoRozario, Lawyer, Potts lawyer;  Member, Queensland Law Society Diverse Abilities Network and Member, Queensland Law Society Equity and Diversity Committee

Dzenita Balic, Principal Crown Prosecutor, Department of Public Prosecutions; Diversity Chair, Women Lawyers Association Queensland and Member, Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committee, Bar Association of Queensland

Kristen Hodge, Legal Officer, Queensland South Native Title Service and Secretary, Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland

Sheetal Deo, Principal Solicitor, Shakti Legal Solutions; Collaborator, Lawyer Advocate and Educator, The Diversity Collective; Adjunct Lecturer, The College of Law (Queensland); President, Ethnic+; State Director (Queensland), Out for Australia; and Management Committee Member, LGBTI Legal Service

Victor Asoyo, Partner, Solomons Legal and Member, African Lawyers Network


Chair: The Honourable Justice Walter Sofronoff , President, Queensland Court of Appeal

6:25 pm
Closing remarks

Presenter: Nicholas Andreatidis QC, Barrister, Bar Association of Queensland

6:30 pm
Networking drinks and bush tucker

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