- Barrister, Commissioner, Lawyer and Solicitor
Judith Peirce has been an important figure in community legal centres and law reform in Victoria for over forty years. With Lynne Opas she lobbied government in the 1970s to adopt the propsed new Family Law Act; once enacted, she was active on the Family Law Committee of the Law Institute.
Peirce also served as the Community Legal Services representative on the Law Institute Council, eventually becoming an Executive Member as Treasurer and then Vice - President of the Law Institute (1999- 2003.)
Just as she was about to take on the presidency of the Law Institute her career took another path. Her work in family violence, experience with the Courts in seeking protection for women, and the inadequate nature of a response to violence against women by police, courts and our community led to her appointment as a Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission to conduct the review into family violence law and systems.
Please click 'Details' below to read a reflective essay written byJudith Peirce for the Trailblazing Women and the Law Project.