A trailblazer in the legal profession for women, Jane was a mentor and friend to many. She was a long-time member and supporter of WLANSW, Life Member and our Patron.

Larissa Andelman, President of WLANSW says that ‘Jane’s contribution to the Association was of crucial importance in relation to its development and success. She was most concerned that women were choosing to not come to the Bar and was involved in launching the Career Intention Survey which is a longitudinal study examining the attitudes and intentions of law students. Jane was also concerned about the lack of indigenous women entering and remaining in the legal profession. She was committed to mentoring and supporting women to thrive and gave generously of herself to others.’

A State Memorial Service for the late The Honourable Jane Mathews AO will be held on Friday 18 October 2019, at the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.  Those attending, are asked to arrive from 2.15pm and to be seated by 2.45pm.

Silks Drinks hosted by WBF in association with WLANSW

Congratulations to recently appointed Senior Counsel:
Tiffany Wong SC
Elizabeth Raper SC
Jennifer Single SC
Tanya Smith SC
Elisabeth Peden SC

Please save the date and join us to celebrate! Tuesday, 22 October 2019 at Verandah Bar & Restaurant (5.30pm – 7.30pm). Justice Virginia Bell will be the guest of honour.  All welcome.   Further details and bookings available soon.

In conversation with Fiona McLeod: an intimate dinner and networking event

6pm Thursday 31 October 2019
Paymasters, 18 Bond St, Newcastle

The Newcastle Chapter Committee of the Women Lawyers Association of NSW invites you to join us in the historic East End at this heritage building on the picturesque foreshore park overlooking the harbour. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with a leader of the national and international legal profession, described as one of the most influential, inspirational, provocative and creative individuals’.

COST: $75 Members; $85 Non-Members/Guests;


Save the dates! Christmas Drinks – Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle,

Christmas is coming!
Sydney AGM & Christmas Drinks 26 November at UUSC
Wollongong Christmas Drinks 29 November at Pepes on the Beach
Newcastle Christmas Drinks 5 December at Queens Wharf Hotel




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Legal profession adopts targets to help erode gender bias

by Sue Gilchrist and Courtney Robertson and Larissa Andelman

Women make up the majority of the legal profession and for the past 20 years have been consistently entering it at a higher rate than men.


The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers 20 September 2019

Please click here for the event details.

2019 WLANSW SubCommittees. Get involved!

Please contact our office for further details if you would like to contribute and get involved.
– Workplace Practices
– Events
– Diversity
– Welcome to the Law
– Communication
– Newcastle Chapter
– Wollongong Chapter
– Penrith Chapter

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Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession

The Charter is designed to promote and support strategies to retain women in the profession over the course of their careers and encourage and promote their career progression into senior executive and management positions. Click here for more details and to sign up.

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The Women Lawyer’s Association of NSW is on social media! Join us!

Join us on social media networks to stay engaged with our members, and informed of upcoming events and news.

Connect with us on: LinkedIn – Twitter –  Facebook – Blog


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Registered Charity Tick

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has developed the Tick of Charity Registration (the Registered Charity Tick) for registered charities to show the public that they are registered with the ACNC. The Registered Charity Tick aims to give reassurance to the public that registered charities are transparent and accountable by highlighting their presence on the ACNC Charity Register.  Please click here for the ACNC registration details of the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW Inc.

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Diversity and Equality Charter

LawCouncil_Diversity_Equality_logoDiverse and inclusive legal workplaces help to build a strong and respected legal profession. A major step towards this goal has been the development of a Diversity and Equality Charter, which organisations now have the opportunity to adopt. We encourage you to join us in supporting and adopting the Charter. Please click here for further information

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