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

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

22 August 2007    

Dear Members & Colleagues

In the words of Justice Mary Gaudron at our Female Bar Reader's Room Wake hosted by Frederick Jordan Chambers last Friday, "What a great week!" Last week marked the celebrated end of the Female Bar Reader's Room due to the progress made over the past 35 years since its inception. It seems happy coincidence that this followed the highly celebrated appointment of the Honourable Justice Susan Keifel as a second woman on the current High Court of Australia. It is the first time in the history of the High Court that two women have served on the High Court bench at the same time, and of course only the third time in the history of the High Court that a woman has been appointed.

Place this good news in the context of the recent appointment of Elizabeth Broderick, former Partner, Board Member, and head of the IT Law section at Blake Dawson Waldron, as the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner replacing Pru Goward, and it certainly seems significant and exciting times for women lawyers indeed.

We warmly congratulate Justice Keifel and Ms Broderick on their new appointments, and very much look forward to their work to come.

We welcome Holding Redlich and American Express as Corporate Member supporters since our last enews. For further details on member benefits  and options please refer to the attached Membership Form, and contact:
Kathryn McKenzie, Executive Officer, on (02) 4392 1185 or at should you have any membership enquiries

I look forward to seeing you at our Networking Drinks next Thursday, 30th August as detailed below.

Yours faithfully,

Lee-May Saw

30 August, Thursday 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM
Networking Drinks - Meet the Committee with a Focus on Women in Small Firms
Venue: Bar Europa, The Basement, 88 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

An opportunity to meet with colleagues and make new acquaintenances. All men and women members and colleagues welcome. We would like to encourage sole practitioners and practitioners in small firms to join us at this function. Cash bar, nibbles provided. Please register your attendance: to ensure adequate seating.

7 September, Friday 7:30 PM
Australian Women Lawyers 10th Anniversary Dinner, Melbourne
The dinner will be held at Zinc, one of Melbourne's impressive riverside Federation Square venues. Chief Justice Marilyn Warren is the guest speaker and the Victorians are promising an entertaining evening. Cost $120pp. Please see registration form below. Enquiries, RSVPs & Payments to:
Donna Young, Maurice Blackburn Cashman
PO Box 523, Melbourne 3001
(03) 9605 2700


Jessie Street National Women’s Library Annual Fundraising Lunch
Monday 17th September, Parliament House
The Jessie Street National Women’s Library was established in 1989 to honour and celebrate the life of Jessie Street (1898-1970). Throughout her life, Jessie Street was active in promoting women’s rights and equal opportunity and social justice for Aboriginal people. She was passionately committed to world peace. The Library preserves the literary heritage of Australian women and international and Australian works about women. We invite you to join us by attending the luncheon and so enabling us to continue this valuable service. This year our speaker is Professor Elizabeth Webby whose topic will be What were Women in Australia Reading in the 1890’s?  For details and registration, please see the attached document:

Survey 2007
WLANSW was pleased to support Survey 2007, Mahlab Recruitment's annual post-review survey of salaries and market trends for the legal profession. This year Mahlab has spread its research results and conclusions over 4 booklets for the legal profession.  They include:
pdf Private Practice Australia
Private Practice - International
pdf Corporate including lawyers, company secretaries and contractors
pdf Practice Development Professionals, including marketing, human resources and knowledge management professionals

For other publications by Mahlab Recruitment go to their website

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