‘Celebrating Women in the Judiciary’ & 2020 Launch

5.30pm Friday 28 February 2020, UUSC Sydney

Guest Speaker: The Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC, High Court of Australia

It is with great pleasure that we acknowledge the achievements of women in law and the following appointments to the bench since our last event in February 2018. Please join us and distinguished guests in celebrating the achievements of these women in the judiciary.


International Women’s Day Lunch

12.30pm Friday 6th March, Palace Chinese Restaurant Piccadilly Tower

Please join our President, Executive and special guest, Rachael Martin, Principal Solicitor at Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre, to celebrate International Womens’ Day and raise some funds and awareness for the Centre.

Wirringa Baiya is a state-wide community legal centre for Aboriginal women, children and youth. Wirringa Baiya focuses on issues relating to violence. The words Wirringa Baiya in traditional language mean “Women Speak”.

Their service is free and confidential. If you would like to get involved with Wirringa Baiya, their volunteer and donate sections will tell you ways you can do this. Please visit their website for further information:

Tickets $49pp includes set Yum Cha Banquet; purchase your own drinks.   After covering costs all proceeds will go to the initiative.

Save the dates!

We’ll be launching 2020 with our signature biennial event, ‘Celebrating Women in the Judiciary’ where we will announce our new Patron on  Friday 28 February 2020 at the Union University & Schools Club Sydney. Please save the dates for a number of other events already in the planning as noted.

22 May & 18 September – The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers hosted by WBF & WLA

28-29 August – ‘Australian Women Lawyers biennial national conference ‘Vision In Focus’ will be hosted in Melbourne

Proactive approaches to creating a mentally healthy workplace

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney

SafeWork NSW is proud to present this forum on proactive approaches to creating a psychological and mentally healthy workplace, a FREE event for the legal professional services industry.

The event aims to build awareness of mental health in the legal workplace and provides practical tools to manage risk to workplace psychological hazards.

Speakers include:

  • John Mckenzie, NSW Legal Services Commissioner
  • Jim Kelly, Director, Health and Return to Work, SafeWork NSW
  • David Field, Chairman of Minds Count
  • Kathryn Bellion, Head of People Experience, King & Wood Mallesons

Attendees will also have an opportunity to sign up to receive free workplace mental health programs through Mentally Healthy Workplaces.

CPD points may apply  REGISTER HERE



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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.


Newcastle Xmas Drinks 5 December 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

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.

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


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.

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