I’ve had to make a few changes to my title.
First, I no longer use “sue” or “lawyer” in my title as in the past.
My title has changed to “career lawyer”.
Second, my title changed to be more respectful of my gender, which I have to explain to colleagues as well as clients.
I’m not the only one who has had to rethink my title; many of my male colleagues have also found themselves with an increasingly gender-neutral title.
“Lawyer” is an important title, especially for male lawyers who work with women and for people who work for organisations that do not have gender neutral employment policies.
But in some cases it is not appropriate, for example in situations where a woman’s job is to look after children or people with disabilities.
The legal profession needs to make this change to be gender-inclusive, so that lawyers can focus on the work that is most important to them.
This change has been long overdue.
I believe it is the right thing to do for the future of the profession.
A few years ago, there was an outcry over the use of “lawyers” by non-lawyers.
It was felt that non-professional legal workers (NLP) were not being represented and that “lawyering” was not a professional term.
The term was then extended to include people who had no legal qualifications and who were not professional.
The NLP community was rightly outraged and in response, the term “lawieering” (which refers to the practice of helping people with limited English ability to communicate) was added to the legal profession’s code of practice.
Today, there is an overwhelming consensus in the legal community about the importance of changing the legal title system.
Legal titles should reflect the professional status of the legal practitioner and the professional skills and abilities of the lawyer.
The current legal title of a lawyer should reflect his or her professional qualification, knowledge and experience.
In some circumstances, the title of “careers lawyer” might be appropriate.
For example, it might be preferable to describe a lawyer as an “interprofessional practitioner”.
The title “careergrower” might help a person to better understand their responsibilities.
There are a number of different ways to change the title system, but it is important to recognise that there are many different types of legal roles.
As a lawyer, you are an individual and should be able to work in your own unique way.
The title changes have changed the legal status of all lawyers.
This should be recognised.
I hope that this article has helped you to understand the legal and professional title changes, and that you are aware of them when deciding whether or not to change your title.
The Legal Profession Australian Law Society has a range of resources on title and workplace title changes for law professionals.
The Australian Lawyer’s Code of Practice has more guidance on title changes.