20th Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address
~~~~14 JULY 2016, DUNEDIN
The Hon Marcia Neave AO was a judge of the Court of Appeal until her appointment as the Chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence in February 2015. She has been a professor at three Australian universities and has always had an interest in the way the law responds to the needs of women. She taught family law at Monash University and was the foundation Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission which worked on projects including Defences to Homicide, Sexual Offences and Reproductive Technology. In the early 1980s she was Research Director and a part-time Commissioner at the New South Wales Law Reform Commission.
The address, run annually by Otago Women Lawyers Society (OWLS), is given in honour of New Zealand’s first woman barrister and solicitor, Ethel Benjamin who was admitted to the bar in 1897. The event is expected to be of interest to local practitioners, the judiciary and members of the public.
The Law Foundation is funding $7,950 for this address