The peak body representing women lawyers in NSW for the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

25 June 2010

Dear Members & Colleagues

24 June 2010 was a day of inspiration for women and in particular women lawyers.  We have now witnessed the milestone appointment of our first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.  And, we have witnessed her swearing in to this appointment by our first female Governor General, Quentin Bryce.  We are proud to see that a legal background has proved such a sound platform for our Prime Minister, as it similarly was for our Governor General. We congratulate our Prime Minister on her achievements and wish her well in her upcoming challenges.

In the coming month, we are pleased to offer a unique networking event with members of Fair Work Australia and an address by Vice President Graeme R Watson, hosted by Norton Rose 6 July.

Our biennial signature event Celebrating Women in the Judiciary will be held on 29th July and include an address by Prof Rosalind Croucher, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, and the patronage of distinguished guests.  Please see below for further information and registration, or visit our 2010 Event Schedule to view details of these and upcoming events.

As we prepare for our financial year end on 30 June, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and invite members to renew if they have not done so already. If you are not already a member, please consider the benefits of joining, and contributing to the next generation of women lawyers. Click here for the Membership Form. If you are unsure about your membership status, please contact our Executive Officer, Kathryn McKenzie, on 0466 157 087 or at

Kind regards,  
Mary Snell

Women Lawyers Association of NSW
Law Society of New South Wales principal sponsors

AWL Conference



6 July, Tuesday Wednesday 5:45pm for 6:00pm
Proudly hosted by Norton Rose, Level 18 Grosvenor Place, 225 George St, Sydney

Workplace Practices Sub-Committee of Women Lawyers Association of NSW presents
- an evening with Fair Work Australia
You are invited to a unique networking event with various members of Fair Work Australia and fellow female workplace relations specialists. 

The evening will start with a presentation by Vice President of Fair Work Australia, Graeme R Watson who will give a key note address on Fair Work Australia's first year of operation.  VP Watson has worked exclusively in employment and industrial law and has been involved in many landmark cases and industrial disputes as both adviser and counsel. As VP at FWA he heads a panel of industries that includes airlines, education, maritime, ports, retail, storage and wholesale.

FREE Event – bookings essential: Maria Akkawi 9330 8349
Click here for further details.

Champagne Glass 29 July, Thursday 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
Celebrating Women in the Judiciary
Union, University & Schools Club of Sydney, 25 Bent Street, Sydney

It is with great pleasure that we acknowledge the achievements of women in law and appointments in NSW since our last biennial function in July 2008. Please join us and distinguished guests.
Click here for details and registration.


Call for Mentors – UNSW Women’s Mentoring Program 2010

The annual program aims to match-up aspiring female identifying law students with successful women legal professionals to provide mentees with an insight into an area of the legal profession they are considering entering and informed of details of a career in such fields. Please click here for details, or for more information contact the Women’s Officer, Elizabeth Haas at The launch event is proudly hosted by Freehills, 6pm 2nd August.

The Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW is continuing support of such programs and will also be participating in a panel discussion event 26th August, 6-8pm at UNSW ‘Striking the Balance: Women’s Progression in the Law – save the date!



13 July , Tuesday 9.30am to 12 noon

 “Navigating Workplace Flexibility and the Right to Request" Seminar, The Grace Hotel, 77 York St, Sydney

Aequus Partners is providing the opportunity to hear from Professor Ellen Kossek (Michigan State University) whilst she is in Australia, and are hosting a seminar to discuss issues such as What is the outlook and where are we heading? and help businesses respond to employee requests for flexible work arrangements and better understand how employees manage work-life boundaries in the age of 24/7 work. If you would like to attend, please RSVP quickly as places are limited. See attached invitation for details.

13 July, Tuesday 2010 at 6-7.30pm at Westpac Place, Level 22, 275 Kent Street, Sydney.
Young UNIFEM Australia Sydney Chapter presents: A Conversation with the NSW Minister for Women, The Hon. Jodie McKay.  UNIFEM is the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Young UNIFEM is the network of young people within this Committee that are committed to promoting gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide. The forum is an informal discussion and is targeted at young people (around 16-35 years old) who are interested in gender issues, policy, politics and having their voice heard. 

FREE event – bookings essential by 9 July to Click here for more details.

Survey 2010 – The New Legal Landscape

Mahlab is conducting it annual online survey and our members are encouraged to participate. Complete a confidential questionnaire and be one of the first to obtain this valuable report.

Questionnaires are available: and close on Friday 25 June, 5pm.

Survey 2010 will compare remuneration levels, employment experiences and job satisfaction, while providing valuable insight on the new legal landscape. Mahlab’s survey is recognised as the most comprehensive retrospective survey, reflecting trends and salary benchmarks across private practice, corporate and practice development services.  Lawyers, in-house legal departments and law firms will look to Survey 2010 for valuable employment information.

Please note that by completing the survey you consent to your data forming part of a published report, however, all personal information will remain strictly confidential.For further information on Mahlab Recruitment and Survey 2010, visit

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW holds the annual Awards acknowledging the efforts that individuals and organisations have made to improving access to Justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

Nominate for: 

·      The Justice Medal

·      The Aboriginal Justice Award

·      The Law and Justice Volunteer Award

·      The Pro Bono Partnership Award.

These Awards, along with The Law Society President’s Award, the Combined Community Legal Centres Group Award and the LIAC Centre of Excellence Award will be presented at a Dinner on 14 October 2010.

For further information, contact the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW on 02 8227 3200 or  Nominations close on 23 July 2010.

Who are Australian Women Lawyers (AWL)
Formed in 1997, AWL is the national body representing and funded by women lawyers associations in Australia. The current AWL Patron is the Honourable Chief Justice Diana Bryant of the Family Court of Australia.


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