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

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

14 August 2006    

Dear Members & Colleagues

Among the many distinguished guests at our June lunch, we were delighted to be joined by Founding and Life Member, Joan O'Brien OAM, whose achievements were recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday honours list for her advocacy on behalf of women in the legal profession as well as for other community services. At the age of 89 Joan is completing a thesis on 'Women Lawyers in NSW 1902-2002' to meet the requirements for a doctorate in Law at Macquarie University. To assist Joan in her research we ask you to please complete the questionnaire that has been included in our membership mailout you will receive shortly.  We are all indebted to Joan for providing an invaluable historical account of our Association and women in law. Click here for more details.

Read news from our colleagues around the nation in the July 2006 issue of Themis. AWL's focus this year is the inaugural Australian Women Lawyers conference to be held on Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September 2006 at Sheraton on the Park in Sydney. You may book via the conference website  or phone 02-9954 4400 for a brochure. There are some Promotion & Sponsorship Opportunities still available for those who would like to take advantage of the exposure.

Kind regards

Louise Byrne


MEMBERS ONLY INVITATION TO PRIVATE POLITICAL LUNCHEONS at the Strangers Dining Room NSW Parliament House - Labor Party: 6 September, Liberal Party: 25 October, Cross Benches: 22 November
With the success of our lunch series over the past two years, and the impending elections in March 2007, the forums will provide an opportunity for Association members to network with State female MPs of all parties in an informal environment to discuss their views and their party’s policies on various issues. Numbers limited - click here for registration details

Thursday 14 September, 5.30-7.30pm NETWORKING DRINKS at Bar Europa, The Basement, 88 Elizabeth St, Sydney Join our President, Executive Committee, distinguished guests, members and colleagues. Light refreshments provided; cash bar; free admittance.

Tuesday 3 October, 6pm UNSW WOMENS' MENTORING PROGRAM LAUNCH 2006 with guest speaker Justice Catherine Branson at Freehills, Level 38 MLC Centre, Martin Place, Sydney. The UNSW Law Society is seeking women practitioners to participate as mentors in the program that WLANSW is again supporting; commitment is about 1 hour/month over 3 months as a guide. The aim is to provide students with the opportunity to interact with professionals and allow women to echange ideas and experiences about working as a legal practitioner;  For more information or to become a mentor, please contact UNSW Law Society Women's Officer, Angela Chong, at or 0404 470 021. Click here for details of the launch event; click here for details of the program.


The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation "Secret Women's Business Luncheons" hosted by the 'Royal' Ambassador Paula Duncan, at the spectacular Quay Restaurant, are a superb networking opportunity and a wonderful way to help raise money for the only hospital dedicated to women's health in NSW. Click here for details. 

"McCallum Medal" National Employment Law Competition for Students Closing Date: 8 September 2006. The NSW Young Lawyers' Employment and Industrial Law Committee is running its annual McCallum Medal Presentation Competition. The Competition is aimed at increasing the awareness and interest of law students in the areas of industrial and employment law and to also provide students with the opportunity to refine their presentation skills. Click here for the Flyer. Click here for the Rules. Contact Kelly Godfrey (02) 9458 7575 for any queries.

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