The Irish Women Lawyers Association held a seminar for members, ‘Wellbeing in the Legal Community’ on April 27 in Dublin. The Irish Women Lawyers Association strives to encourage and support women in the legal profession by facilitating networking and advocating for interests of women.
Elizabeth Rimmer, LawCare CEO and Antoinette Moriarty, Head of the Law Society of Ireland’s Counselling Service, were the guest speakers.
Ms Moriarty shared her experience as a psychotherapist, and spoke about why professional wellbeing for women matters, while Ms Rimmer highlighted the role of LawCare in supporting the legal community and what it is about the culture and practice of law that can compromise wellbeing.
There was a thought-provoking and open discussion, in which participants shared their personal experiences of the particular challenges women face in managing their legal careers.
‘The group discussion was wide ranging and honest, we could easily have talked for another hour,’ said Ms Rimmer. ‘ We talked about combining motherhood with a legal career, the importance of work/life balance, the aspects of Irish culture that can impact on women, and the lack of role models for women in the law because often the previous generation didn’t have professional careers. We also shared tips on how to manage the competing obligations placed on women.”