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

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

15 February 2008    

Dear Members & Colleagues

Happy New Year! We trust you enjoyed the holidays and that your year is off to a refreshing start.

With the Committee holding our 2008 Strategic Planning Meeting on 19 January, our agenda for this year is:

• For WLA NSW to be an organisation of lawyers from across the profession working together in the interests of women in the profession; and
• WLA NSW to be an organisation that acts with an awareness of the issues faced by its membership.

For the first time in the history of WLA NSW we invite all members to participate in our Subcommittees for this year as noted below. Please get in contact with us and let us know if you would like to get involved.

The Committee has some exciting functions and events lined up for this year as noted in our event calendar. We look forward to bringing you further details shortly.

Some of the highlights this year include the AWL National Conference 'Creating Justice' , 12-14 June at the  Hotel Sofitel Melbourne, and our biennial Celebrating Women in the Judiciary cocktail event on 24 July at The American Club Sydney. Our quarterly Work2Suit forums recommence on 6 March as detailed below.

Yours faithfully,

Lee-May Saw

Invitation to members to participate in 2008 Subcommittees
The Committee and Subcommittee Chairs invite all members interested in participating in the following Subcommittees to contact, Kathryn McKenzie, Executive Officer, at or on (02) 4392 1185:

Workplace Practices Subcommittee – Chaired by Georgina Gowland;
Policy, Law Reform and Media Issues Subcommittee – Chaired by Tania Evers;
Sponsorship, Fundraising and Functions Subcommittee – Chaired by Mary Snell and Julie Werda;
Mentoring Subcommittee – Chaired by Sarah Nam;
Professional Networking Subcommittee – Chaired by Rebecca Connolly;
Membership Subcommittee – Chaired by Lee-May Saw

6 March, Thursday 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM
Flexible Working Arrangements: Preparing the Business Case

Work2Suit Forum: The Law Society of NSW, Level 2, 170 Phillip St, Sydney
The Law Society of NSW and Women Lawyers Association of NSW is pleased to welcome you to our next forum. Our guest speaker Lauren Levin, People Development Consultant at Blake Dawson, will draw on her experience as an employment lawyer and human resource specialist to discuss the factors that should be considered when preparing a business case to support a flexible work arrangement.

This forum will be of interest to lawyers, employers, and human resource managers as the success of any flexible work arrangement relies on employers and employees finding the right balance between individual priorities, business requirements, and the ability to service client or organisational needs.This is a great information sharing and networking opportunity so get your forms back now so you are assured a seat.

Cost: $20.00pp includes light refreshments.
RSVP: 27 February. Please click here to download registration form  Work2SuitMar08.pdf

Saturday 8 March: International Women's Day
WLA NSW is supporting the International Women’s Day Banner Project of the Older Women’s Network NSW and Women’s Electoral Lobby by sponsoring two banners that will be displayed in major streets in the Sydney CBD from Sunday 2 March 2008. To sponsor a banner, contact Beth Eldridge, Coordinator, Older Women’s Network NSW on (02) 9247 7046 or at, or Anne Barber, Women’s Electoral Lobby at

WLA NSW is also supporting the IWD Stall Project as part of the IWD 2008 after-March Rally and celebrations in Hyde Park. Please contact Christine Smith at, to support this project.

Please visit the following websites for further information and details on other IWD events.

Women Lawyers take a stand on Child Protection Services in NSW
WLA NSW has submitted a written submission to the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW, being conducted by Commissioner James Wood QC AO.

WLA NSW is concerned the current system of mandatory reporting does not encourage the kind of relationship of trust, between DoCS and refugee families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, required for DoCS to provide meaningful assistance to these families. It is clear to WLA NSW that the current child protection system in NSW is in need of significant reform. For such reform to be effective on the practical, policy, cultural and attitudinal levels, it must be supported by adequate and appropriate statutory reform.

Please click here for the full written submission.
Please click here for relevant media release.

for the first 10 WLANSW members
to email
with the subject heading "August Rush"
Please note that only the winners will be contacted. IN CINEMAS FEBRUARY 21 

A charismatic Irish rock guitarist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a young classical cellist (Keri Russell) have a chance encounter one glorious night above New York's Washington Square. Torn apart by fate, they leave in their wake a baby boy orphaned by circumstance. Years later, performing on the streets of New York and cared for by the colourful character Wizard (Robin Williams), August Rush (Freddie Highmore), uses his remarkable musical talent to find and reunite the parents from whom he was separated at birth

The Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society Annual Dinner
Friday 7 March, 7pm for 7.30pm at the Union, University & Schools Club Sydney
Guest speaker: Mr David Jackson AM QC Cost: $95pp
Please click here for further details and registration.

The Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarships  
Rio Tinto is once again offering two scholarships to lawyers currently working or interested in working at Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) or Native Title Service Providers (NTSPs).Successful candidates will undertake a one-year Master of Laws (LLM) in Mineral Law and Policy at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee and must commit to work within an NTRB or NTSP for a minimum period of two years upon their return. Click here for further details

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