The Chief Justice of the High Court, Susan Kiefel AC, joined members of the First 100 Years of Women in Law initiative for a tour of the Archibald exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery on 17 August.
Chief Justice Kiefel is the first woman to serve as Chief Justice and has held the position since 2017. She has served on the High Court since 2007.
Artist Yvonne East, who is a finalist in this year’s Archibald Prize with her portrait of Chief Justice Kiefel, joined the tour, along with Law Society President Doug Humphreys OAM, Law Society CEO Michael Tidball, and lawyers from Herbert Smith Freehills, which funded the commission.
East said the portrait was particularly significant as this year is the 100th anniversary of changes to the law that allowed women to practise as solicitors and politicians.