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

Women Lawyers Association of NSW

16 March 2009    

Dear Members & Colleagues

Please join us on 24 March in welcoming Ilana Atlas as our guest speaker at this month’s corporate lunch “Attracting and Retaining Women: The Business Case”, sponsored by Middletons Lawyers. Ilana Atlas is Group Executive, People, Westpac and was Partner for 17years at Malleson Stephen Jacques prior to joining Westpac in 2000.

Further details are now available for our free seminar “Financially Fit For Life” 1 April hosted by our Platinum Sponsor Diamond Financial Solutions, with their principal Melissa Gilbert as guest speaker joined by The Money Club’s Frances Beck (a lawyer) and Emily Chantiri (a writer) to share their experiences and expertise.

The Women Barristers Forum invites you to networking drinks on 19 March and The Women’s College invites you to join them at the Young Indigenous Women Fundraising Breakfast on 7 April.

Further details and registration information is noted below for all these events.

Kind regards,
Mary Snell

Ilana AtlasCorporate Lunch Series 2009: Tuesday 24 March
“Attracting and Retaining Women: The Business Case”

As Group Executive, People, Ilana Atlas is responsible for Westpac's overall people management framework including employee relations, training and development and remuneration. Ilana is also responsible for public affairs and communication. Prior to joining Westpac, Ilana was a partner of Malleson Stephen Jaques for 17 years specialising as a corporate lawyer. She also held managerial roles in the firm including managing partner and responsibility for human resources. Proudly sponsored by Middletons Lawyers. Please click here for further details and registration.

Melissa Gilbert of Diamond Financial Solutions1 April, Wednesday 5:30-7:30pmFinancially Fit for Life’
The Law Society of NSW, Level 2, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney
Free Seminar - Bookings Essential
• Don’t have time to sort out your finances?
• Afraid of losing money if you invest?
• Confused about the recent changes to Superannuation?
• Too many debts to even think about saving?
• What to focus on in times like this?

You can’t afford to miss this seminar offering practical tips and expert advice! Please click here for further details and registration. Proudly sponsored by Diamond Financial Solutions.

Summer Hours15 Double Preview In-Season Passes to Summer Hours compliments of Palace Films. Email with the subject heading ‘Summer’. Only the winners will be contacted. 2-4-1 and preview passes are available to attendees of our 24 March Lunch.
From acclaimed French director Olivier Assayas, and featuring performances from some of the brightest stars in French cinema today including Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling and Jeremie Renier, Summer Hours is an insightful story of one middle class French family coming to terms with the loss of their mother, the disappearance of their childhood memories, and the challenges of sibling differences. This film has delighted audiences and critics across Europe and is set for national release in Australia 2 April.


19 March, Thursday 5.30-7.30pm Women Barristers Forum presents Twilight at Dolce
Ground Floor, Deutsche Bank Building, 126 Phillip St, Sydney (Cnr Hunter St)
A chance to catch up and connect – all welcome! $20 early registration, $25 at the door includes 2 drinks and finger food. Please click here for further details and registration

7 April, Tuesday 7–8.15am The Women’s College Young Indigenous Women Fundraising Breakfast
The Women’s College within The University of Sydney,15 Carillon Ave, Newtown 2042
(Between Missenden and City Roads) Free parking available
$50 per person, $750 corporate table
Bookings or tax deductable donations can be made by downloading the Fundraiser Form at
This fundraiser will support The Women’s College Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Alliance Project, known as WATSA. Developed in 2008, WATSA is a hands-on project that aims to increase the number of young Indigenous women attending The University of Sydney and The Women’s College.

Summer Hours
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.

Friday, 15 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

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

NSW Regional Women Leaders Forum on 25th March in Sydney.
Following the success of the Australian Regional Women Leaders Convention held in Melbourne in 2008, you are invited to the first NSW Regional Women Leaders Forum on 25th March in Sydney. This practical, hands-on event is for regional and rural women in NSW and will give you an opportunity to build local networks and discuss opportunities relevant to women in your state. To find out more, you can contact Vicki Houston on 1300 138 037 or email or click here to read the full PDF brochure on the NSW Regional Women Leaders Forum.

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

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