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

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

22 January 2009    

Dear Members & Colleagues

Welcome to 2009! On behalf of WLA NSW, I wish all of you a happy and successful year.

Already our Association is off to a busy start planning for a number of significant events you will find scheduled in our event calendar.

Our first committee meeting will take place at the Law Society of NSW premises on 29 January 2009 commencing at 5.30pm. If you are interested in becoming more involved in WLA NSW then please come along and join us. All of our monthly meetings are open for attendance by members. If you do wish to attend, please kindly email our Executive Officer by 28 January 2009 for catering purposes.

Our inaugural event for 2009 will be our jointly hosted cocktail celebration with Australian Women Lawyers on 20 February 2009 which will celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of the Honourable Mary Gaudron QC as outgoing patron of Australian Women Lawyers and welcome the Honourable Chief Justice Diana Bryant of the Family Court of Australia as new patron.

Following our cocktail celebration, the AWL board will then hold a general meeting in Sydney on 21 February 2009 at Freehills commencing at 9am. These events will be closely followed with resumption of our Corporate Lunch Series on 23 February 2009 featuring guest speaker Lucinda Chan and sponsored by TressCox Lawyers. Further details of all these events and AWL meeting are noted below.

I am looking forward to an exciting and busy year working with our Committee and to meeting you at our upcoming events.

Kind regards,

Mary Snell

At 6:00pm-8:00pm on Friday, 20 February 2009, at the Law Society Building, 170 Phillip St. Sydney, Australian Women Lawyers and WLA NSW will be co-hosting a Cocktail Party to celebrate the handover of the AWL Patronage from the Honourable Mary Gaudron QC to the Honourable Chief Justice Diana Bryant of the Family Court of Australia. Other honoured guests and speakers for the evening will include WLA NSW Patron, the Honourable Justice Jane Mathews AO of the Supreme Court of NSW, and Georgia McMaster, President of Australian Women Lawyers. Please click here for further information and registration details.

9:00am Saturday 21 February 2009, at Freehills, Level 32 MLC Centre, Martin Place, Sydney
Please find download links below for Notice and Proxy Form (Lee-May Saw, Immediate Past President, Women Lawyers' Association of NSW and Treasurer & NSW Director, Australian Women Lawyers would be happy to act as your Proxy).
AWL General Meeting Notice 21Feb09
AWL Proxy Form 2009

Lucinda ChanCorporate Lunch Series 2009: Monday 23rd February
Lucinda Chan, Division Director of Head of Macquarie Bank Financial Services will lead off our series speaking on “Financial Crisis: Fact or Fiction”, proudly sponsored by TressCox Lawyers. Please click here for further details and registration.

Lucinda ChanMelissa Gilbert, Principal of Diamond Financial Solutions, WLANSW Platinum Sponsor.
I am looking forward to being involved with WLANSW and adding value to members. Here are some interesting statistics specific to Women which you may which to consider:
    • Women live longer than men
    • Women retire earlier than men
    • Many women have disrupted working lives as a result of having families
    • Many women earn significantly less than men over their working life
    • Statistically women end up with significantly less superannuation than men as a result of disruptions to their working life.
Financial planning is important, particularly in times like this. Please visit our website for further details to see if we can be of assistance to you with our range of services, or contact us on 02 8437 3562.


UNIFEM International Womens’ Day Sydney Breakfast 2009, Friday 6 March
Bayside Grand Hall, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
Come and hear the amazing work of Fozilitun Nessa, a Board member of the Bangladeshi Acid Survivors Foundation. MC: Philippa McDonald ABC Journalist. Cost: $60, Student $40 or Corporate Table (10 people) $1300. RSVP with payment by 20 February. Click here for details and registration.

Please feel free to pass this email onto colleagues and ensure they are on our email list for future updates and invitations.

Problems viewing this e-newsletter? View it online at:

For more information contact us
Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales Inc.
DX7304 Wyong / 14A Lonsdale Close, Lake Haven NSW 2263
Ph: (02) 4392 1185 Fax: (02) 4392 9410
Email:   URL:

Copyright © 2009 Women Lawyers Association of NSW.
Privacy | Disclaimer | ABN 19 092 974 880

If you wish to continue receiving updates and invitations via email no action is required. However, if you wish to be removed from our email list, please email: with the subject heading: UNSUBSCRIBE