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

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

27 June 2009

Dear Members & Colleagues

Please join us on 21 July with guest speaker Belinda Gibson, Commissioner of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) speaking on "Market Integrity".

Upcoming Corporate Lunch events include

* Heather Ridout, CEO, Australian Industry Group on 10 August;
* Lori Callahan, GM, CTP & Liability Claims, Allianz on 7 September.

Nominations are now open for the prestigious NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards as noted below. I encourage each of you to consider nominating an outstanding woman lawyer and help ensure that their achievements are recognised by our profession. I also invite you to "save the date" now for our Awards Gala Dinner on 25 September at the Watersedge, Sydney where we will announce award recipients and celebrate with our outstanding women.

As we approach the financial year end we would like to take this opportunity to thank members who have already renewed their membership for their continued support, and warmly welcome our new members and corporate supporters. If you are not currently a member or have not yet renewed your membership, we encourage you to consider the many benefits of membership and supporting the Association. Please click here for the current Membership Form.

We look forward to your involvement and appreciate your support.

Kind regards,
Mary Snell

Corporate Lunch Series 2009: Tuesday 21 July
“Market Integrity” Belinda Gibson, Commissioner, ASIC

Belinda GibsonBelinda Gibson joined the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) as a Commissioner in November 2007. Her initial major role was to head the Capital Markets Taskforce of the Commission, which undertook a review of ASIC's position in building confidence in the integrity of Australia's capital markets. It reviewed the enforcement of the capital markets offences, and identified measures to improve ASIC's performance in that area. Proudly sponsored by TressCox Lawyers.

Please click here for registration details.

NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards
NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards are now open.
click here for the Nomination Form and note that the closing date is 31st July 2009.
The Awards, which celebrate the success and achievements of women in law, are supported by the Attorney-General’s Department of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Law Society of New South Wales, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, and the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency.


Survey 2009 - Now and Into the Future : Online questionnaires Close 29 June
Have your say on how the current market is impacting your career, salary and working life.

Mahlab Recruitment’s survey of the legal market is one of the nation's most authoritative survey. Lawyers working in private practice and in-house will look to Survey 2009 for information on recruitment, remuneration and other emerging trends in the new market.

Members of Women Lawyers NSW are encouraged to participate. Access Survey 2009 by completing the appropriate questionnaire at Online questionnaires close on Monday 29 June.

And as a valued respondent you will be sent a link to the full report before it is released to the general public. Supported by the Women Lawyers NSW and other associations Mahlab will survey thousands of private practitioners, company secretaries, corporate lawyers and clients, as well as marketers, HR and KM specialists working in professional services. Released post salary review, Mahlab’s survey is recognised as the most comprehensive retrospective survey, reflecting trends and salary benchmarks across the legal profession.

Please note that by completing the survey you consent to your data forming part of a published report, however, all personal information will remain strictly confidential. For further information on Mahlab Recruitment and Survey 2009, visit

The 2009 Justice Awards- Closing date: 10 July 2009
Many people throughout NSW are doing great things to improve access to justice for disadvantaged people. We need your help to identify and recognise them.

We’d like you to nominate them for one of the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW's annual Justice Awards, a unique opportunity to publicly acknowledge and support their initiatives.

So please consider who you can nominate for:

* The Justice Medal
* The Aboriginal Justice Award
* The Law and Justice Volunteer Award (not a legal practitioner)
* The Pro Bono Partnership Award

2nd Diversity on Boards Conference, 1-3 September 2009 at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
Be part of robust discussion, gain personal and professional insights, build your networks and develop strategies for change. The program includes international speakers, a boardroom readiness workshop, special WOB mentoring dinner, discounts for NFPs and FREE childcare. Click here for all the details ...

Indigenous Courts Conference 5-7 August 2009, Rockhampton
Please click here for Programme details.

Women Building Sustainable Futures Conference Public Day
University of Sydney, Saturday 28th November 2009

As part of the 34th Triennial Conference for Women Building Sustainable Futures Conference, the Australian Federation of University Women is holding a Public Day to increase awareness that sustainability of physical and social resources is crucial to the future of all Australians. Attend the Public Day and hear distinguished speakers talk about sustaining your future! Topics include:

• The impact of climate change on Australian life and landscape.
• How the built environment can contribute to sustainability.
• The challenges facing public training providers in up skilling the population.
• How a Bill of Rights may contribute to a sustainable community.

Visit to register now to be involved in this exciting event.

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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