She’s a part­ner in crime

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

SHE got Mustapha Dib out of jail, an­other man cleared of a gang shoot­ing, and helped ex-gang boss Mo­hammed Hamzy beat a mur­der rap.

Now Ruth Parker, the go-to de­fence lawyer for some of Syd­ney’s high­pro­file crooks, is crack­ing the glass ceil­ing.

Ms Parker has be­come the first fe­male part­ner in Mel­bourne-based firm Gal- bally Rolfe’s history, and next year will be­come prin­ci­pal at the city’s old­est ex­clu­sively crim­i­nal law firm.

“I am very proud to be the first fe­male part­ner in its 42year history and to have fur­ther ex­panded our prac­tice into NSW,’ she said.

“It is im­por­tant not just that women do these things but that they are seen to do these things,” Ms Parker said.

“It’s the only way my daugh­ter and all of the young women out there will see that we don’t need to choose be­tween be­ing a pro­fes­sional woman, a mother or part­ner. “We can be all of it.”

Ruth Parker and Mustapha Dib walk from Goul­burn Jail in 2016.

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