Cultural diversity and the bamboo ceiling

Friday 17th November, 2017 9:00 am – Friday 17th November, 2017 11:00 am
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace Perth

The themes of social inclusion, diversity and cultural competence are important for lawyers. Around half of all Australians were born overseas or had at least one parent born overseas. Western Australia enjoys geographic benefits such a a shared time zone with major international commercial and dispute resolution hubs in Asia such as Singapore and Hong Kong, and has a culturally and linguistically varied legal profession. Through mentoring, networking and peer support, the legal profession has the potential to better reflect the diversity of Australia. Asian cultural diversity is an emerging issue for Australian society, and for the legal profession. Larger law firms have few partners of Asian ethnicity, and there has never been a person of Asian ethnicity appointed a judge of any Australian court.

Join senior figures in the profession after the presentation for morning tea, networking and to consider the phenomenon of the ‘bamboo ceiling’.

Presented in association with the Asian Australian Lawyers Association


  • 2 points Competency 2 Professional Skills


Sponsored by


Dr Andrew Lu OAM (Chair)
Manager Professional Development
The Law Society of Western Australia

Dr Tim Soutphommasane
Race Discrimination Commission

Peter Le
Special Counsel

Eva Lin
Jackson McDonald

Vanessa Pack
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

James Wang
King & Wood Mallesons

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