Our Patron

The Hon Justice Jacqueline Gleeson of the High Court of Australia is Australian Women Lawyers’ Patron.

Justice Gleeson has long supported the interests of women in the law throughout her career and we are honoured for her Patronage of the peak body for all women lawyers in Australia.

The Hon Justice Jacqueline Gleeson

The Patron of Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) is the Hon. Justice Jacqueline Gleeson of the High Court of Australia

Jacqueline Sarah Gleeson was appointed to the High Court of Australia in March 2021.

At the time of her appointment, she was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, having been appointed to that position in April 2014. She has Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Sydney.

She was admitted as a solicitor in 1989 and practised as an employed solicitor at Bush, Burke & Company in Sydney from 1990 to mid-1991. She then practised as a barrister from mid-1991, leaving the Bar at the end of 2000.

From 2001 to 2003 she was General Counsel at the Australian Broadcasting Authority. From 2004 to 2006, she was a Senior Executive Lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor. She returned to the Bar in 2007 and was made Senior Counsel in 2012.

Her Honour is an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.