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Staley Cardoza Lawyers:
Boutique law firm Staley Cardoza Lawyers (incorporating Russell Cassidy Lawyer) is in the heart of Dunedin.
Susie Staley and Rachel Cardoza met when studying, and continued their friendship as practitioners.
After nine years in practice they joined forces in 1998, their different fields of expertise meaning they offered a full range of legal services. They made history as the first “all women” partnership in Otago.
“We are really indebted to the women lawyers who paved the way for us and hope we can support other women lawyers in a similar way,’’ Rachel says.
Rachel and Susie agree that for young women launching their careers, self-belief is incredibly important.
While International Women’s Day is a great chance to celebrate how much has been achieved by women, it’s also a time to reflect on what is still required, Susie says.
“There’s still a great deal of violence, and girls in some of the most violent countries are generally not educated.”
“There’s still a long way to go in terms of real equality,” Rachel adds. “I believe International Women’s Day promotes the cause in a constructive fashion.”
Rachel and Susie have contributed to the Dunedin community by way of many voluntary positions held.