Our Roots. Our Purpose.
Criminal Law Mums is a well-being and professional development support group founded by Lauren Cassimatis in 2018. As an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist, mum, and Principal Director of Gallant Law, Lauren wanted to create a supportive space for criminal lawyer mums and related professionals.
Today, Criminal Law Mums has united over 550 members who are based all around Australia. Our members include women from a variety of legal practices and roles including criminal, employment, and family lawyers, judges, magistrates, mediators, legal lecturers and female law students. Each and every one of our female lawyers enjoy the benefits of developing relationships with incredible, like-minded women throughout Australia.
A Member of the Victorian Women Lawyers Committee & Kaged Lions Ambassador
Lauren created Criminal Law Mums in response to her own experiences as a criminal lawyer and mum. As she began to pursue this passion, Lauren heard her story echoed in the experiences of other mothers. Mothers who were trying to juggle parenting and life as a lawyer. Women whose careers were being interrupted because they exercised their right to start a family, take maternity leave, or pursue flexible or part-time work.
Lauren wanted to create a group that offered lawyer mothers practical and emotional support to preserve and bolster their careers and overall happiness.
Criminal Law Mums is dedicated to offering the most robust support possible for fellow female lawyers. We are members of the Victorian Women Lawyers Committee, and as a Kaged Lions Ambassador, Lauren is dedicated to supporting fellow female lawyers in the mental health space.
Our Message for Australian Women in Law
"As a mum, you can sometimes doubt yourself and your skills, both as a mother and as a lawyer. It’s important to be able to share your experiences with others in the same situation and to support and empower each other. There are stresses unique to working in a profession that often involves traumatic and challenging matters. It can affect you emotionally, so it’s great to be able to share that experience as well. You are not alone." Lauren
Professional Development Events For Australian Women Barristers and Lawyers
Our professional development events are designed for Australian women barristers, lawyers, judges, students, and all other Australian women in law. Informative, relaxed and interactive, our events offer advice and insights that will help you feel better about yourself as an individual, a parent, and a professional.
Make Lifelong Connections With Fellow Female Barristers and Lawyers
By enhancing your professional networks with Criminal Law Mums, you can increase your chances of career elevation and long-term happiness. But supporting each other is about more than just developing our careers. Criminal Law Mums also focuses on connecting female barristers, lawyers, and legal professionals on a personal level.
Through our group, you will meet like-minded women and have the opportunity to form friendships. Get to know inspirational, supportive women who can relate to your situation and truly understand what work-life balance means to you!
Resources and Support for Female Law Students And Lawyers
Take advantage of our online resources, including our safe and private online forum where professionals from across the country can chat to each other. Join Criminal Law Mums today to start connecting with like-minded legal specialists, women, and mums.
Supporting Young Female Lawyers and Experienced Solicitors Alike
From young female lawyers to Criminal Law Specialists, we are a welcoming, supportive community for all. Sign up on our website today to access our resources and be notified about our exciting events!
You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn!