The peak body representing women lawyers in NSW for the advancement of women in the legal profession.
Dear Members & Colleagues
Proudly sponsored by TressCox Lawyers, the Launch of our Corporate Lunch Series on 8 December was a wonderful success, with about 120 attendees. Our guest speaker, the Honourable Michael McHugh AC QC was eloquent and informative in sharing his experiences on mediation, which he said was not only a subject of interest but of prime importance in today’s society. The Honourable Michael McHugh also noted the lack of statistics and information in relation to female mediators in Australia, suggesting perhaps that there was an opportunity for a Women’s Mediation Association in this growing area of practice. Please click here to view the speech Mediation, Its Nature and Advantages.
The lunch also provided an opportunity to announce our new Principal Sponsor, the Law Society of NSW www.lawsociety.com.au, and Platinum Sponsor, Diamond Financial Solutions, of which Melissa Gilbert is principal. Diamond Financial Solutions provide personalised, professional services in financial planning, superannuation and personal insurance, and mortgage broking. Please visit www.diamondfinancial.com.au for further information. We welcome the continued support of the Law Society of NSW, and look forward to developing relationships with the Law Society of NSW and Diamond Financial Solutions over the next year that will bring our members additional value.
Following our AGM on 27 November I am delighted to announce our new Committee as noted on our website and present my President’s Report in reviewing the past year and handing over to Mary Snell as President. I am pleased to continue serving on the Committee as the Immediate Past President and Representative and Treasurer on the Board of Australian Women Lawyers.
It is with much excitement that WLA NSW congratulates the Honourable Justice Virginia Bell on her appointment to the High Court of Australia. It is hard to think of a more uplifting end to the year for women lawyers in NSW than the news of Justice Bell's appointment.
There are a number of issues and projects we have been working on, including the Productivity Commission's current Paid Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave Inquiry as noted below, together with some major events and announcements.
On behalf of the Committee we wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2009. Please note that our office will be closed from 23rd December until 5th January.
OTHER EVENTS & NEWS:
National Council of Women “Celebrate Being an Australian” Luncheon 21st January 2009 in the Strangers’ Dining Room, Parliament House Macquarie Street, Sydney. During the Luncheon the NCWNSW Australia Day Awards will be presented to a number of tertiary students to assist them in gaining higher qualifications. Click here for details and registration DOC OR PDF $70PP RSVP 12 January 2009.
THE JUSTICE PETER HELY SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship is open to final year law students, Law graduands and graduates of the University of Sydney, to enable them to undertake a postgraduate degree in the fields of commercial law and equity, either by research or coursework, at the University of Sydney or any other appropriate university.
The value of the scholarship will be $14,000. Applications are now open and will close on Wednesday, 18 February 2009. Download an application form from the Law School website Or contact Peter Finneran at the Sydney Law School for an application form and conditions of award.
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