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September 21, 2021

Women Law Students Undergo a Unique Mentoring Program

Women law students recently teamed up with top Australian and PNG lawyers in a unique mentoring program.

The program was supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the PNG Legal Training Institute (LTI).

Speaking at the opening, Justice Hitelai Polume, paid tribute to the late Justice Catherine Davani acknowledging that her many achievement’s make her an inspiring role model for LTI students to accomplish their own goals.

Thirty-four women law students recently completed a unique mentoring program.

The two-day course was managed by the LTI in partnership with the Victorian Bar and allowed students to be engaged in workshops on advocacy, ethics, and women’s advancement within the legal profession.

Justice Hitelai-Polume encouraged the students to choose the paths they want to follow.

Victorian Barrister, Christine Melis who is a trained Advocacy Instructor,  also encouraged the students to dream big and be inspired daily.

Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor, Catherine Fitch, said Australia was pleased to provide this mentoring program, attesting to the value that having good women mentors can provide in the course of one’s career.

The K200,000 mentoring program and advocacy workshops were funded by the Australian Government.

Fitch said boosting women’s empowerment in legal practice will support their advancement into leadership positions in the public service, the private sector, as well as in political leadership roles.

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