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

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

03 May 2005    

Dear Members & Colleagues

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Mother's Day 8 May! May is also 'mega events' - hope to see you at some of the functions noted below. Don't miss our June 9 lunch with Alan Cameron - book now to ensure your seat!

6 May 2005, Friday 10.00am - 5.00 pm
Sydney Law Careers Fair FREE entry; Bayside Banquet Hall, Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.
We appreciate that NSW Young Lawyers have once again allowed us to join their Booth (No. 2) at this year's fair. You may also wish to pick up the SMH "Law as a Career" feature in today's edition.

13 May 2005, Friday 12.45-2.15pm
"Bar Readers Welcome & Networking Lunch"
Buena Vista Cafe Bar, Supreme Law Courts Building, Level 14, 184 Phillips St, Sydney.
No charge; attendees pay for own lunch - view menu at To ensure adequate seating, please register your attendance to:

13 May 2005, Friday 1.00pm
Newcastle Networking "Informal Gatherings"
Sticky Rice Thai Restaurant, 19 Scott Street, Newcastle.
BYO, cheap and cheerful - no need to book, just turn up! A great opportunity to network, catch up with the latest news and colleagues.

LAW WEEK 15-21 MAY 2005

18 May 2005, Wednesday 5.30pm
"Law as a Career: Raising the Bar" at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Lecture Theatre 9, Level 2, 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney. Speakers Panel: Jane Needham SC, Phillipa Gormly and Tiffany Wong. Chair: Michael Slattery QC. On conclusion of our presentation we will view a brief video produced by the Women Barristers' Association in VIC "Raising the Bar" - an entertaining and inspirational look at life at the bar from a woman's perspective through personal interviews with junior members of the bar, to senior silks and experienced judges. No charge; light refreshments; bookings essential to:

19 May 2005, Thursday 5.30pm
CLE Seminar "Mental Health Issues & The Law" - a growing concern and specialisation within the legal profession. Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street Sydney. Speakers: Tania Evers, Barrister; Michael Giuffrida, Forensic Psychiatrist; Peter McGhee, Principal Solicitor Intellectual Disability Rights Service. Chair: Her Honour Judge Robyn Tupman. Supported by Lawyers Reform Association; introducing Criminal Justice Support Network (CJSN). WLANSW/LSA/CJSN Members $33; Non-Members $44 includes wines by Tower Estate and refreshments.
Click here to view details. Bookings essential to:

20 May 2005, Friday 7.30 pm
"Golden Gavel Breakfast Competition" - Sponsored by LexisNexis, Westin Hotel Sydney. Now in its 13th year, the NSW Young Lawyers Golden Gavel Public Speaking Competition, has gained a reputation as the most entertaining event on the legal calendar. The adjudicator will be Professor Ron McCallum, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney and our 2005 Patron. Tickets: $40 per person or a table of 10 for $390. Bookings contact: Poppy Drekis via email: or ring (02) 9926 0269.
Click here to view details (PDF 401Kb)

9 June 2005, Thursday 12.30pm Lunch Seminar "The legal profession in 2005 - or is it a business?" at the Sofitel Wentworth Sydney. Guest Speaker: Alan Cameron. Bookings essential to WLANSW Members $65; Non-Members $75 includes buffet lunch. Click here to view details (PDF 223Kb)

In Other News

Promote your work/life friendly job position through the WLANSW
WLANSW is keen to place quality women candidates in touch with work opportunities that are supported by work/life friendly work practices. If you or the firm or organisation you work for have a current opportunity in an environment which is supportive of work/life balance, we encourage you to forward information about the position to: so that it can be listed on our website and promoted through this e-newsletter.

Federal Government Inquiry into Balancing Work and Family
WLANSW has made its submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Human Services. This submission will be considered at the Standing Committee’s next meeting. In its submission, WLANSW called for the issue of government funded paid maternity leave to be revisited, for government funding for family friendly programs in the workplace, for a greater emphasis on the uptake of family friendly practices in work life policies, and endorsed the recommendations of the Taskforce on Care Costs for tax deductions for the cost of care. The Committee thanks those members who provided comment for inclusion in the submission.
Please visit the Policy & Law Reform page on the website to access the submission:

Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s project: Striking the Balance With Work and Family Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward has launched Striking the Balance With Work and Family, a project about the gender divide in the sharing of household and caring duties in the Australian home. The closing date for submissions to this inquiry is yet to be set. We encourage members to forward any relevant comments or information to the Committee at: Visit the Policy & Law Reform page on the website for terms of reference and further information:

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