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

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

23 April 2009

Dear Members & Colleagues

We are pleased to welcome one of Australia’s most accomplished businesswomen and highly regarded business leaders as our guest speaker for May, Nola Watson.

We look forward to seeing you on the 11 May. Places are still available at our other events as noted below.

Kind regards,
Mary Snell

Corporate Lunch Series 2009: Monday 11 May
“Trends in the Global Regulatory Environment”

My Year Without SexNola Watson is Head of Chief Executive Office, Direct Insurance at Insurance Australia Group (IAG).  Until 2009, she was the Head of Government & International Relations for the group where she managed IAG’s engagement with governments, industry and non government organizations (NGOs) globally.  Nola was previously Head of Corporate Risk Services in IAG, where she had responsibility for risk management across the broad range of operational risks.

   Prior to IAG, Nola worked in senior executive positions within Federal and NSW governments, primarily in Attorney-General’s and law enforcement portfolios.  She was part of the executive leadership team for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.  She also served in a diplomatic position in Washington DC for 3 years.

   Nola is currently a Director of the NRMA & IAG Superannuation Board and a Member of the Australia Network (ABC Asia Pacific television) Advisory Panel.  She was previously a Director of Business for Millennium Development, Director of Australian Services Roundtable, a Member of the St James Ethics Centre Advisory Committee and member of the NSW Premiers Crime Prevention Council.

   She holds degrees from Sydney University and Australian National University.  She has business qualifications from INSEAD France and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

   In 2001, Nola was named the Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year in the community and government category.  She was awarded the Commonwealth of Australia Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership.  In 2008, she participated as an invited delegate to the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit.
Proudly sponsored by TressCox Lawyers. Please click here for registration details.

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.

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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.


Saturday 2 May 2009, Grace Hotel Sydney

ADRA is conducting a one day Conference for FDRPs and other family dispute resolution professionals. The Conference may also be of particular interest to ADR practitioners wishing to broaden the scope of their services. Click here for details and registration.

Lawyers Beyond Borders Program Launch, 6-8pm 20 May at The University of Sydney.

This new initiative developed by Australian Volunteers International allow lawyers to use their skills where they’re most needed. Official launch by The Hon Robert McClelland MP and Commonwealth Attorney General with keynote address by The Hon Michael Kirby AC. Click here for registration details.


My Year Without Sex Complimentary preview screenings of the delightful new Australian film My Year Without Sex, due for release in May.

The selection venues to choose from include Greater Union Bondi Junction, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, The Verona & Greater Union Macquarie Centre. With dates ranging from the 4th May -13th May.

Click here to order complimentary tickets

From the highly accredited Writer/Director Sarah Watt (Winner Best film, Best Director and Best Director – AFI awards 2005 – for Look Both Ways) comes My Year Without Sex.  

It is a kind of a love story about all the big questions, and even more of the small ones.

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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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