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

Women Lawyers Association of 

29 July 2010

Dear Members & Colleagues

Celebrating Women in the Judiciary on 29th July promises to be an excellent evening with the majority of appointees and distinguished guests in attendance, joined by members and colleagues. Please visit our 2010 Event Schedule to view details of these and upcoming events such as our Family Law Practice Today Forum on 25th August hosted by WHK Horwath with a speakers panel led by The Hon Justice Jennifer Boland.

The final program for Australian Women Lawyers National Conference, to be held 6-8 August at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane featuring Her Excellency Quentin Bryce and our Patron is now available. Please click here for the program, register online at or call 1800 772 772.

Thank you to members that have renewed or upgraded their membership to Corporate Membership, and a warm welcome to our new members. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and invite members to renew if they have not done so already. If you are not already a member, please consider the benefits of joining, and contributing to the next generation of women lawyers. Click here for the Membership Form. If you are unsure about your membership status or require further information, please contact our Executive Officer, Kathryn McKenzie, on 0466 157 087 or at

Kind regards,
Mary Snell

Women Lawyers Association of 
Law Society of New South Wales 
principal sponsors

AWL Conference

Australian Women Lawyers AGM 2010

The Australian Women Lawyers AGM will be held at 3:30pm on Sunday, 8 August 2010, in Brisbane, following the Australian Women Lawyers Third National Conference. Please click here to download and fill in your Proxy Form appointing our NSW Representative, Lee-May Saw, as your Proxy and forward this to Kathryn McKenzie, Executive Officer, at or on Fax: (02) 4392 9410, by 5:00pm, 4 August 2010. Please note that corporate members only have one voting right, and that only one Proxy Form per corporate member applies.

Proxies go towards ensuring that there will be a quorum for the AGM, and towards votes on any proposals put to vote at the AGM. Proxies do not go towards election of State or Territory Representatives to Executive positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary) on the AWL Board of Directors. Click here for Notice of AGM and the AWL AGM Minutes 2009.

The book, Women and the Law in Australia will be launched at the AWL National Conference to be held in Brisbane 6-8 August.

Women and the Law in Australia provides practical advice on dealing with issues in the practice of law that are of specific importance to women. Intended not just to highlight the problems that women experience with the legal system as defendants, complainants, victims, witnesses and practitioners, Women and the Law in Australia also identifies practical solutions for solicitors, barristers, community workers, policy makers and women.

All contributors are experts in their area of law and are drawn from legal practice, academia and government. The text is written in clear and easy-to-understand language, with many chapters featuring realistic scenarios to illustrate the key points.
The Women and the Law in Australia book launch will be held on Saturday, 7 August, at 3:15 pm at the Stamford Ballroom reception area. Guests can meet and talk with the Governor-General and Professor Easteal over high tea at the event. Please click here for the media release with further information.

25 August, Wednesday 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM
Family Law Practice Today
Proudly hosted by WHK Horwath, Level 12, 309 Kent Street, Sydney

Family law is often considered a gendered jurisdiction in many respects. Some of the varying and different roles for lawyers in the multifaceted family law jurisdiction of today will be presented by our panel of speakers. Current trends in expert evidence and employment and practice in family law and the implications of these trends, including the operation of flexible work practices, will be discussed and debated by the panel:
* The Hon. Justice Jennifer Boland, Family Court of Australia Appeals Division
* David Dura, Barrister
* Melinda Di Condio, Associate, McLachlan Thorpe Partners
Jenny Wheatley, Principal, Forensic Accounting WHK Horwath

Please download the flyer for registration.


Undercover Lawyer“Undercover Lawyer”

Come and see Tony Laumberg’s laugh-a-minute 10th play, Undercover Lawyer, in the brand new 100 seat theatre at the TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst from 5 to 29 August 2010. Producer Tony Laumberg invites you to "Women Lawyers' Night" on Friday, 13 August 2010 and is offering double passes to the first 5 people who email Tony via  Call the booking agency, MCA, on 1300 306 776 and use the passphrase, "Women Lawyers" to purchase as many tickets as you like for that night at the discount price of $24.00 instead of the normal price of $30.00.

Performances are on Wednesdays to Fridays at 7.00 pm, Saturdays at 7.30 pm and Sundays at 4.00 pm. For more information go to

Click here to download the flyer









Voiceless, the animal protection institute's Annual Animal Law Lecture Series is now in it's 4th year and will commence in Sydney on 3 August. This year's special guest lecturer is Joyce Tischler, Co-founder and General Counsel for the US Animal Legal Defense Fund. Tischler, widely known as ‘the mother of the animal law movement’, is a pioneer in the field of animal law. During the Series, Tischler will visit universities, law firms and professional associations in NSW, Queensland, the ACT, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia. She will talk about the birth of the animal law movement thirty years ago in San Francisco and how a handful of attorneys set in train a revolution that has touched the lives of billions of animals worldwide. Attendance is FREE but registration is essential.  For further details, please visit


The Supreme Court Annual Corporate Law Conference "Restructuring Companies in Trouble: Director and Creditor Perspectives" will be held from 1.15pm - 6.00pm on Tuesday 24 August, 2010 in the Banco Court, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Level 13, Queens Square, Sydney. 

The Conference will be opened by The Hon. J.J. Spigelman AC, Chief Justice of NSW; Mary Macken, President of the Law Society of NSW and Professor Jennifer Hill, Director of the Ross Parsons Centre.

Speakers include Professor John Armour, Hogan Lovells Professor of Law and Finance, Oxford University, speaking on the restructuring experience in the UK and proposals for reform; Corinne Ball of Jones Day, New York, who will give a perspective from the United States after the Chrysler experience; Stephen Parbery of Prentice Parbery Barilla, Sydney, who will assess voluntary administration in Australia and look at the suitability for workouts, turnarounds and pre-packs; David Cowling of Clayton Utz, Sydney, who will discuss insolvent trading, shadow directorship, and other perils of informal workouts in Australia and Professor Robert B. Thompson, Georgetown University Law School, who will give some reflections on reform of bankruptcies or bailouts given financial reform in the US. The program will also feature a hypothetical to be moderated by Alan Cameron AM.  

Cost is $250.00 which includes afternoon tea and drinks in the evening. For further information contact Robyn Davies at the Law Society of NSW, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney 2000. DX 362 Sydney, phone 9926 0276 fax 9223 1496 or email  To Register contact Richard Plane fax 9223 1496 or email


Girl Guides NSW & ACT Centenary Lunch will be held at NSW Parliament House on 26 August 2010

You are invited to help us celebrate the Centenary of Guiding and 2010 Year of the Girl Guide. Corporate Tables are also available, please contact Anna on 02 8396 5200 or for more information.







The Eastern Suburbs Law Society invites you to join them on Saturday 28 August to enjoy a day at Sydney’s iconic Swiss Grand Resort at Bondi Beach, top up your MCLE and assist a charitable cause. Please click here for further details and registration.




On Tuesday, 14 September at Sydney’s Customs House from 6.30pm the UTS Faculty of Law’s inaugural fundraising dinner will be held, in support of the Faculty’s equity scholarship program. Our aim is to raise $20,000 to establish a new UTS:LAW scholarship for an outstanding student who, without financial assistance, would not otherwise be able to pursue tertiary study.

We’ve teamed up with the wonderful Young Artists of Pacific Opera to provide you with an evening of entertainment, as well as delectable food and wine.

UTS:LAW takes pride in providing a outstanding education, and we feel strongly about making this education accessible. However, increasingly we hear of students who, despite their ability, are not able to study law at UTS or complete their studies due to financial hardship. By joining us on 14 September, you can help make education accessible and change students’ lives for the better.

We would be thrilled if you would consider taking a table for 10 guests at our dinner on 14 September, or individual tickets should you prefer. Please let us know if you are able to join us, so that we can save your table/tickets for you.  Click here for a Save the Date flyer with event details.

Jessie Street National Women's Library -21st Annual Fundraising Luncheon

Monday, 20th September 2010 - 12 noon for 12:30 p.m.

Strangers Dining Room Parliament House Sydney

Speaker:            Ann Sherry AO, CEO Carnival Australia - the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia

Topic:               One Woman's Journey- From Country Queensland to the Bridge of the Cruise Shipping Business

Cost:                $85.00 members    $90.00 non-members

Contact:            JSNWL  GPO BOX 2656  Sydney  NSW 2001     PH: 9571 5359


Further Info:

Dress for Success Sydney is a non profit organisation established to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. In May 2009 Suited for Work was established as a non profit organisation.  In January 2010 the Suited for Work organisation successfully become an affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide and the organisation is now known as Dress for Success Sydney. Becoming an affiliate of the Dress for Success Worldwide organisation will enable us to achieve stronger results within Sydney by leveraging their existing infrastructure and best practice learnings from around the world. You can read more about us at

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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