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

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

14 September 2007    

Dear Members & Colleagues

Registrations are now open for our NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2007 Gala Dinner! Please click here for the invitation form.

We invite you to join us and our distinguished guests on Friday 19 October 2007 at the Hilton Sydney for this special occasion on which the Awards will be presented. The Awards and Dinner are supported by the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Attorney General's Department of NSW, and the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency. The special guest speaker for the evening will be the Honourable Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO, and human rights lawyer and renowned playwright Suzie Miller, will be our MC.  We welcome the support of Locus as the major sponsor of this event. The evening will also feature some fabulous door prizes and gifts for attendees.

I had the pleasure of attending the AWL 10th Anniversary Dinner in Melbourne on 7 September 2007. The Anniversary Dinner focused on the achievements of AWL over the past 10 years, and on the future direction of AWL for the next 10 years to come. Chief Justice Marilyn Warren of the Supreme Court of Victoria was the keynote speaker for the evening and addressed this theme. In doing so, she called for a wider acceptance of flexible working practices among the judiciary. The Hon Justice Mary Gaudron QC, also addressed attendees at the Anniversary Dinner. She highlighted the continued relevance of AWL and the state and territory Women Lawyers' Associations in safeguarding the principle of justice in our legal system. Please click here for a paper by Janean Richards, outgoing AWL President, on the Anniversary Dinner and the themes raised by the speakers.

The AWL AGM was held in Melbourne on 8 September 2007. I congratulate Fiona McLeod SC of Victoria on her appointment as the incoming President of AWL. It was unfortunate to see Louise Byrne, our NSW respresentative on the AWL Board for the past 3 years, step down at the AGM. I will be replacing Louise as the NSW director on the AWL Board. A warm thank you to Louise for the time, effort and dedication, with which she has performed this role. Please click here for AWL August 2007 newsletter Themis, bringing you updates on AWL and the state and territory Women Lawyers' Associations across the nation.

WLANSW is proud to announce the launch of Work2Suit on 27 September 2007 as detailed below. Work2Suit  is a joint initiative of WLANSW and the Law Society of NSW that seeks to promote the exchange of information and ideas of interest to lawyers who currently work flexibly, who would like to work flexibly, or who simply want to achieve a better balance between work and life. The moderator for the forum will be Libbi Gorr, and a well-known panel of Sydney lawyers will share their experiences with attendees. This promises to be an informative and entertaining event, and I look forward to seeing you there on 27 September.

Yours faithfully,

Lee-May Saw

27 September, Thursday 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM Cost: $20
WORK2SUIT: An information and support network for the legal profession. Venue: Level 2, 170 Phillip St, Sydney

WLA is proud to announce the launch of WORK2SUIT, a new project under the auspices of WLA’s Flexible Working Initiative and run jointly with the Law Society of New South Wales.

What is WORK2SUIT?
WORK2SUIT aims to promote the exchange of information and ideas between lawyers who work flexibly (or would like to) or who simply want a better balance between work and life.  The centrepiece of WORK2SUIT is quarterly forums which can be attended by any member of the Law Society or WLA plus their guests.

Guest presenters or a panel of speakers will be at the forums to speak about topics relating to flexible working or work life balance. Drinks and canapés will be provided and there will be plenty of chances to meet and talk with other attendees.

Who should come to the WORK2SUIT forums?

  • Any lawyer (male or female) who works flexibly or who would like to.
  • Law students or young lawyers who think they may wish to work flexibly at some point in their career life cycle and who wish to start thinking about managing their careers strategically now.
  • Lawyers at the senior end of their career life cycle who would like to work flexibly rather than leave the workforce altogether.
  • Barristers and sole practitioners who need to address issues of flexible work in the context of running their own businesses.
  • Lawyers ‘in transition’ who are not working at the moment but who would like to re-enter the workforce one day on a flexible basis.

Launch Event on 27 September ‘Personal Perspectives’
We are delighted that a panel comprising four well-known Sydney practitioners will be speaking to us: The Hon. Eric Baker (former Family Court Judge and Special Counsel at Watts McRae), Vanessa Anderson (Partner, Henry Davis York), Paul Mallam (Partner, Blake Dawson Waldron), and Kathleen Reynolds (Barrister).  They have all chosen to work flexibly but in different circumstances and to meet different needs. They will share their experiences and discuss what they consider to be best practice in integrating work and life in the legal profession. Moderator: Libbi Gorr, journalist, comedian, social commentator and law graduate. If you wish to come along please complete the registration form attached and forward to the Law Society.


11 October, Thursday 5-7pm Criminal Justice Support Network in Newcastle presents a CLE event discussing the operation of s32 Mental Health (Criminal Procedure) Act. No charge; please refer to attached for further details  (CJSN_Newc.pdf - attached) or contact Sally Chopping at or 4921 8826/ 0404 690 925

11 October ACTU Women's Conference "Shaping Our Future: Progress for Women in the Next Decade",  Citigate Central Sydney. Keynote speaker The Hon. Justice Mary Gaudron QC. Conference Cost $100, Dinner 10 October at Nick's Bar & Grill $50. Details as attached. Enquiries: Julie Noona at or 03-9664 7346

18 October, Thursday 8.30am-4pm "Don't just stand there - STAND OUT!",  Mariott Hotel Circular Quay. A proven one-day program designed to give women key strategies and techniques for successful negotiations, presentations, and communications. Presented by Candy Tymson, Professional Speaker and Business Coach with Master Degree in Human Resource Management and Coaching.  Cost $495 or $440 by 5 October. Details & registration attached below or contact Candy at or 9976 6777

22 October, Monday 6-8pm National Foundation for Australian Women presents "Women at Work - The Naked Truth" hosted  by ANZ at Martin Place Sydney. Panel discussion moderated by award winning journalist Helen Dalley with panel members: Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner to HREOC; Juliet Bourke, Chairwomen of the Task Force on Care Costs; Catherine Fox, Deputy Editor, Boss Magazine. Cost $50. Details:

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