The Women Lawyer’s Association of NSW has released its priorities for 2019 directed to achieving equality in the profession.

Despite the predominance of women entering the profession there continues to be significant under-representation of women in the most senior roles as partners, in leadership roles, at the Bar and in the judiciary. The gender wage gap in the legal profession is one of the largest in Australia, reported to be 29.7% by WGEA in 2017 compared to an all industries gap of 22.4%.

Larissa Andelman, President of WLA NSW said: Unless there is a concerted effort to examine and change the culture in law firms, women will continue to be unable to fully participate.

Click here to read the full article and details of the 5 key measures WLA NSW will be advocating on in 2019.

2019 Awards & Program Launch

5.30pm Thursday, 21 February 2019
Union, University & Schools Club,  25 Bent St, Sydney

Please join us and distinguished guests for the launch of our 2019 ‘NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards’, featuring a panel of some of our previous award winners.

Our panel will discuss their career journeys, particularly since they were the recipients of a ‘NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Award’, and how that may have affected them or their careers.
– 2013 ‘Highly Commended Judge’s Award – Fay Calderone is an Employment Law & Workplace Relations Partner at Hall & Wilcox and a Flexible Work Day Ambassador
– 2011 ‘Woman Lawyer Advocate of the Year’ – Judge Julia Baird commenced as a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court in February 2018
– 2009 ‘Highly Commended’ Special Judging Panel’s Award – Maureen Peatman, Partner at Hunt & Hunt.
– 2015 ‘Woman Lawyer of the Year, Up and Coming’ – Marina Brizar, Head of Corporate & Private Clients, Playfair Visa & Migration Services.

International Women’s Day Lunch

12.30pm Friday 8th March 2019 at the Palace Chinese Restaurant, Shop 38 Level 1, Piccadilly Tower, 133-145 Castlereagh St, Sydney

Please join our President, Executive and special guest, Elizabeth Evatt AC, to celebrate International Womens’ Day and raise some funds and awareness for the Miranda Project.

The Miranda Project (soon to be co-located with Penrith Women’s Health Centre) is an innovative, gender specific approach to assisting vulnerable women attending court, on community orders or exiting prison. Miranda aims to halt the increase in the women’s prison population through the provision of genuine support and the development of alternative pathways within the community.

Tickets $49pp includes set Yum Cha Banquet; purchase your own drinks.  Proceeds to the Miranda Project.

2019 – Save the dates!

Planning is well underway for 2019 – watch this space and ensure you are on our mailing list.

13 March –  International Women’s Day Panel Event ‘Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces’,  in Partnership with Women’s Legal Services NSW

26 March – WLANSW SubCommittee ‘Diversity’ Launch Event

23 August – ‘NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2019’ Awards Presentation Dinner




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