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

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

09 April 2009

Dear Members & Colleagues

Our 24 March corporate lunch event with Ilana Atlas speaking on “Attracting and Retaining Women: The Business Case”, provided an opportunity for discussion in this ongoing challenge of finding the right balance. Many thanks to Middletons for their sponsorship and support. Our Work2Suit Forum “Innovative Business Models for the Lawyers of Tomorrow” on 30 April provides an opportunity to continue these discussions as detailed below.

Our “Financially Fit For Life” seminar held 1 April was an informative forum hosted by our Platinum Sponsor Diamond Financial Solutions, with their principal Melissa Gilbert and Danielle Main from MLC Mortgage Solutions as guest speakers, joined by The Money Club’s Frances Beck and Emily Chantiri. Some members expressed interest in independently forming their own ‘Money Club’ and may contact Tiffany Thomas on 9420 1622 or Additional “Financially Fit For Life” seminars are planned for Parramatta on 28 May hosted by Coleman & Greig in Newcastle on 1 June, with further details available shortly.

This month's edition of Australian Women Lawyers' publication THEMIS is now available to members. Featuring photographs from the joint AWL Patron Cocktail event we co-hosted on 20 February, THEMIS, also includes an update on the activities and events occurring around Australia on behalf of women lawyers.

Please visit our Event Calendar for further details as confirmed on May events including “Law as a Career-Coming to the Bar” 12 May during Law Week and our Female Bar Readers Welcome & Networking Lunch on 22 May as detailed below.

We are pleased to support the 21st Women, Management and Work Conference “Exploring the future world of work” to be held in Sydney on 30-31 July 2009. Please refer to details below and note early bird registration closes 22 May.

Kind regards,
Mary Snell

Call for Expressions of Interest - Sydney and Melbourne based Federal Court Appointments
WLANSW and Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) are currently considering supporting potential candidates for the current Federal Court Judge vacancies based in Sydney and Melbourne, as part of the federal Attorney General's consultation process with AWL.

Suitable candidates are encouraged to submit a formal Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Attorney General's Department. Further information about the EOI criteria and process is available at the Attorney General's website - click here.

The EOI process is separate to the AWL consultation process. All woman lawyer candidates who would like WLANSW and AWL to consider supporting their application through the federal Attorney General's consultation process with AWL, should forward a one paragraph or brief dot point summary on their relevant background and experience, including any significant cases they have been involved with, to Kathryn McKenzie, Executive Officer, at, no later than 5:00pm, 17 April 2009. The AWL consultation process is strictly confidential.

30 April, Thursday 5:30 PM—7:30 PM
Work2Suit Forum: Innovative Business Models for the Lawyers of Tomorrow
The Law Society of NSW,170 Phillip St, Sydney
The traditional business model for most law firms is anchored in the billable hour and centralised decision making. Flexible working arrangements and work life balance initiatives are often expected to operate harmoniously within the conventional framework. This is not always easy to achieve. What if firms were to rethink their business models completely? Speaking at the forum will be two lawyers whose firms have done just that. Cost: $25 includes light refreshments. Please click here for full details and registration.

Visit for more details and events.

12 May, Tuesday 5:30 PM—7:30 PM
Law as a Career-Coming to the Bar

The Law Society of NSW, Level 2, 170 Phillip St, Sydney
- The Hon. Justice Ruth McColl , AO of the Supreme Court of NSW;
- Margaret Holz, Barrister & WLANSW Committee Member;
- and Anny Slater, Principal of Slaters Intellectual Property Lawyers.
Our panel of guest speakers will share their experiences in their respective legal careers, coming to the bar, and directions their careers have taken. Light refreshments provided; no charge; bookings essential to:

22 May, Friday 12:45 PM — 2:00 PM
Female Bar Readers Welcome & Networking Lunch
Buena Vista Cafe & Bar, Level 14, Supreme Law Courts Building, 184 Phillip St, Sydney

Please join us and distinguished guests for our biannual lunch hosted by WLANSW. No charge; non-reader attendees pay for own lunch – click here to view menu Please register your attendance: to ensure adequate seating.

21st Women, Management and Work Conference: Exploring the future world of work
Summer Hours
30-31 July 2009 Hotel Intercontinental, Cnr. Bridge & Phillip Sts, Sydney

Managing constant CHANGE at work is the theme of this year’s conference; it will be interactive and will flesh out critical workplace issues and explore practical solutions. Leading speakers include: Sharan Burrow, Dr Dawn Casey, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston and Heather Ridout. Key-Note Dinner Speaker: Wendy Harmer. Register before 22 May 2009 and SAVE 10%. Click here or visit the website for details and registration.


Breast WishesDon't miss BREAST WISHES - AN UPLIFTING MUSICAL about life, love, loss and silicon…
Premieres April 16 at Sydney's Seymour Centre, followed by a National Tour to Wollongong, Parramatta, Newcastle and Canberra, Perth, Gold Coast, Darwin and Brisbane!
In January 2005 AFI award winning actress Anne Looby’s sister, Amanda, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Amanda was at the time a healthy, vibrant 37 year old mother of two. The impact this illness had on her family was devastating and incomprehensible yet empowering, inspiring and ultimately positive. Anne decided that, because laughter can be the best medicine, a prescriptive cure was in order! So, inspired by her courageous sister, she initiated the creation of a theatrical vehicle in celebration of breasts (and those who support them) in order to raise awareness, and in support of research for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (a royalty recipient). Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical was born… Valerie Bader (The Wharf Revue, Falsettos), Anne Looby (Company), Chelsea Plumley (Grease, Sunset Boulevard), 2008 WAAPA Graduate Gretel Scarlett and David Harris (Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia) will take you on a witty and heart-warming journey with some show stopping numbers and hilarious, honest and uplifting revelations!

THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX is based on true and compelling events and tells of one of the most explosive chapters in recent German history.
THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEXEmail with the subject ‘WLANSW’ to win passes for a special Sydney screening on Wednesday 29th April, 6.30pm at the Dendy Newtown. Attend one of our upcoming WLANSW events to win a double in-season pass.

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation led by Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu), Ulrike Meinhof (Martina Gedeck) and Gudrun Ensslin (Johanna Wokalek) are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold (Bruno Ganz). And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he’s only dealing with the tip of the iceberg.

Based on the book by and in consultation with Stefan Aust. In Cinemas May 7
Visit official movie website - click here

Due to overwhelming demand, Tony Laumberg has offered to include 29 May
Bondi Legal
Friday, 15 & 29 May 2009 "Women Lawyers' Night"
Call the booking agency MCA, on 1300 306 776 and use the passwords, "Women Lawyers" to purchase as many tickets as you like for that night at the discount price of $22.00 instead of the normal price of $28.00

Erin Brockovich meets The Castle in the newest comedy from Sydney’s most prolific legal playwright. Writer/producer Tony Laumberg and director Richard Cotter team up for their 9th play in what promises to be the wildest and wackiest courtroom showdown ever witnessed. Bondi Legal tells the true story of a teenage girl and her mother who take on the might of big business and win! This is an inspiring true story that proves beyond all reasonable doubt that it’s never too late to realise your full potential and provide justice for all. Click here for more details.

Bondi Legal plays at the TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst from 7 to 31 May 2009

Who are Australian Women Lawyers (AWL)
Formed in 1997, AWL is the national body representing and funded by women lawyers associations in Australia. The current AWL Patron is the Honourable Chief Justice Diana Bryant of the Family Court of Australia.

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