Women in Law ANU (WILA) launch event

Date & time
6.30–7.30pm Wednesday 6 October 2021


ANU College of Law

Presented by Women in Law ANU (WILA)

Women in Law ANU (WILA) launch event

Join Women in Law ANU (WILA), a student-run body which aims to equip and embolden female-identifying law students at the ANU, in our launch event!

In this panel discussion, we will hear from some of our alumni and prominent women in law and ask what their experience has been like in the legal sector. They will also share experiences of both challenges and opportunities that they have faced and provide advice for young women endeavouring to work in law in the future. There will be an opportunity for Q&A, and to find out more about joining WILA.

On the panel:
• Justice Rachel Pepper (moderator), NSW Land and Environment Court
• Elizabeth Lee, Leader of the opposition in the ACT, representing the electorate of Kurrajong
• Libby Carroll, Chief Legal Counsel at IP Australia and President of the ACT Law Society
• Melanie Pool, Founder of See Your Change and public policy and strategy expert


  • Justice Rachel Pepper (BA '92 LLB (Hons) '94) »

    After graduating with Honours, Justice Rachel Pepper was the Associate to Justice McHugh on the High Court of Australia for one year. From 1997 until her appointment in 2009, Justice Pepper practised as a barrister at the New South Wales Bar. Her principal areas of practice were general commercial law and public law, including constitutional law. Justice Pepper now sits on the NSW Land and Environment Court.  

  • Elizabeth Lee (B Asian Studies/LLB (Hons) '03) »

    Elizabeth Lee is the leader of the opposition in the ACT, representing the electorate of Kurrajong. Prior to becoming the leader of the Liberal Party, Elizabeth worked as a Fitness Instructor, and as a Law Lecturer at the ANU and University of Canberra. Elizabeth studied Law and Asian Studies in her undergraduate years before completing a Master of Law at the ANU. 

  • Libby Carroll (BA (Hons) '96, LLB (Hons) '99, GDLP '99) »

    Libby Carroll is currently working as the Chief Legal Counsel at IP Australia, contributing to Australian innovation by providing strategic legal advice and managing the provision of all legal services to the agency. Libby is also the President of the ACT Law Society. In 2019 Libby was listed in Managing Intellectual Property Magazine's 50 Most Influential People in IP. She has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors and is a proud ANU alumna.

  • Melanie Poole (BA/LLB (Hons) '11) »

    Melanie Poole a public policy and strategy expert, with over a decade of senior leadership experience. Melanie founded See Your Change consulting after leading a major body of research into how social change organisations measure the impact of their public policy and advocacy work - and the common pitfalls that they encounter. She helps organisations to develop impact-driven strategies, enabling breakthrough results in shifting public discourse, winning policy changes, evaluating progress and ultimately shaping a fairer world.

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