Committee 2005

Committee 2005

Shauna Jarrett


Shauna has been in practice since 1994, and is the Solicitor/Director of Agostini Jarrett P/L, a small business and personal services firm in the Sydney CBD. She is a Councillor of the NSW Law Society, Chair of the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Human Rights Committee at the Society.

Shauna is also a board member of PIAC, PILCH, the Arts Law Centre of Australia, Council of NSW Law Reporting and the Legal Profession Advisory Council.

Louise Byrne


Louise is a Sydney barrister practising mainly in the areas of administrative law, environmental/land law and discrimination law. She has held positions as Treasurer, Policy Officer and committee member in the past and assisted in organizing the 2002 50th Anniversary dinner. Her aunt, Pat Dale OAM, admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1954 and recently retired from Hunt and Hunt Lawyers, was a founding member of the NSW WLA.

Together with Sian Leathem and Dominique Hogan-Doran, both past Presidents of WLA, Louise is one of the original drafter’s of the Equitable Briefing Policy adopted by the NSW Bar Association, Law Society of NSW and Law Council of Australia. As President Louise is looking forward to participating at the national level in Australian Women Lawyers, particularly in the continued implementation of the Policy.
Louise sees 2005 as a year to also further develop links with female lawyers in regional and country areas following the success of the Newcastle chapter. The Committee is fortunate to have as members two current Councillors of the NSW Law Society, Shauna Jarrett and Pauline Wright, together with of course the whole of the Committee.

Tania Evers


Tania is a barrister specialising in crime, especially mental health/intellectual disability and crime. She is the Vice President of Lawyers Reform Association, a committee member of Glebe House, the Intellectual Disability Rights Service, Defence Lawyers Association and International Commission of Jurists, a sub-committee member of the Ethics Committee of the Law Society on Client Capacity, and various other committees. She has three adult children; a lawyer at Legal Aid, an elite athlete who is also studying physiotherapy, and the other works with adolescent girls for DOCS.

Elizabeth Maconachie


Liz was admitted in 1994. Her areas of practice include administrative law, medical negligence, professional conduct and ethics.

Liz has had a varied career. Before studying law she was a senior teacher of English and Modern History and is a mother of 4 children. Since graduating, Liz has had the experience of working at a large firm, Mallesons, a very small firm of solicitors, she has worked in legal costing, as an investigative solicitor at the Law Society and until 2003 was the Deputy Director, Professional Conduct at the Bar Association of NSW. At present Liz is combining her teaching and legal skills by tutoring in Professional Conduct and Ethics Workshops at UTS.

Liz is a committee member of the Medico-Legal Society of NSW, the Ethics Committee of the Law Society of NSW, a member of St. James Ethics Centre and a member of International Commission of Jurists.

Pauline Wright


Pauline was admitted in 1985 and is currently in private practice with P J Donnellan & Co in Gosford. She is a Councillor of the Law Society of NSW, serving her third term and is presently chair of the Law Society’s Criminal Law and Environmental Planning and Development Law committees and is a past chair of the Human Rights, Gender & Industrial Issues Taskforce and On-Line Services committees. She has served on the Professional Standards committee since1996 and also served on the NSW Young Lawyers Executive Council, Business Law and Children’s Legal Issues committees. Pauline has a keen interest in criminal and social justice and civil liberties issues and has been Vice President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties since 1996. She also sits on the Board of Governors of the Law and Justice Foundation.

Melinda Di Condio


Melinda Di Condio is an associate at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Prior this Melinda worked in a city based general legal practice for two years. Her legal interests include administrative law, family law, succession and medical law. Melinda is keen to promote mentoring opportunities for junior practitioners and law students through the Women Lawyers’ Association.

Freya Jenkins


Freya Jenkins is a solicitor at Judd Commercial Lawyers (JCL) and specialises in employment and commercial matters. Prior to undertaking her law degree, Freya was an industrial relations officer with an industrial relations consultancy firm. Freya pursued her interest in women’s issues at university when she took up the position of Women’s Officer for the UNSW Law Society. Freya is interested in communications and media law matters and has been an intern at the Communications Law Centre at UNSW. She is extremely interested in animal rights and is a member of the Young Lawyers Animal Rights Committee.

Lee-May Saw


Lee-May is currently completing the final stages of a Law degree at the University of New South Wales. She plans to commence the College of Law course shortly after this. At present, she works at the Intellectual Disability Rights Service on a project called the Criminal Justice Support Network, and is a member of the Lawyers Reform Association committee. Lee-May’s primary interests in law are criminal law, advocacy, and arts and media law. She would like to see more Asian women at the Bar. Outside of the law, Lee-May enjoys a good work out as much as a good film or song.

Mary Yvonne Underwood


Mary is a lawyer with the NSW Legal Aid Commission specialising in crime. Previously she worked with the NSW DPP having been a Judges Associate with the NSW District Court. She also has a strong background in civil litigation having worked in both the private and public sectors since her admission in 1992. Her commitment to law and policy reform is well known: as a committee member of the NSW Lawyers Reform Association and from her background in the Cabinet Division, NSW Premier’s Department and with the NSW Parliament. She holds degrees in Arts, Labour Relations and Law. Her hobbies include reading, music, films, cooking and swimming; not necessarily in that order.

Lyn Francis


Lyn has extensive experience working in health as a nurse/midwife, nurse manager and project manager and more recently as a legal practitioner, admitted in February 2004. She is currently completing a Masters in Legal Practice. Lyn’s main areas of legal experience are Intellectual Property, Privacy Legislation and Occupational Health & Safety. She is also interested in criminal and family law.

Rachel Francois


Rachel is a barrister at the New South Wales Bar. Prior to being called to the Bar in February 2003, Rachel most recently worked for two years as a solicitor at Clayton Utz and four years as a civil litigation solicitor at the New South Wales Legal Aid Commission. Her legal experience includes large commercial litigation as well as consumer protection and human rights litigation.

Rachel has also written several articles and publications and presented seminars in the areas of human rights and consumer protection. She was the treasurer of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights from 2000 to 2003 and has been a volunteer solicitor at Kingsford Legal Centre since 1997.

Kathryn McKenzie


Kathryn has extensive experience in administration, association and event management. She has worked with small business to large corporates, non-profit organisations and many committees. With senior management experience in a diversity of business sectors, successfully organising numerous events, sponsorships, government and media liaison, she has qualifications in business management and counselling, franchising, mediation, journalism and public relations. Kathryn is also the Public Officer for WLANSW.

Kathryn McKenzie, Principal of Business Angel Services Pty. Ltd., officially took over the responsibility as at 12 August 2003. In welcoming Kathryn, WLANSW would like to thank Anne Stewart and her team at Creative Conferences for their assistance and support as our Executive Officer over the previous five years.

Christine Manolakos


Christine Manolakos has been in legal practice since 1991 and has been the principal of CMLawyers, previously known as Christine Manolakos & Co. Solicitors, since 1996. Her legal practice deals in the area of Family law, Criminal law, Commercial law, Wills and Probate.

Christine holds a degree in Economics Law from Macquarie University. She is a member of the Criminal Defence Association of New South Wales and is also a member of the Rotary Club of Marrickville and the Inner West Law Society.

Christine is aiming to provide better working conditions and child care arrangements in legal practices for women in the profession.

Janet Coombs


Janet came to the Bar in 1959 and practised for 38 years. Joining WLANSW as a law student, Janet has maintained an active interest, serving on various committees, and is a Life Member. She has a continuing and proactive interest in Law Reform

Marilyn Bartole


Marilyn was employed by the Attorney General’s Department of NSW until mid 2004 and is now a sole practitioner. Her main areas of practice have included criminal, personal injury and administrative law. She has practised in metropolitan and regional areas, and has worked in both government and private practice. Marilyn has held a range of positions at WLANSW. She is past President and Vice-President, and has also been Secretary, Education Officer and Media Officer.

Newcastle/Hunter Region Representative Committee

Elizabeth Pinnock, Convenor; Catherine Henry, Nada Vujat, Margot McAlary, Nicola Callander, Felicity Wardhaugh, Marina Anderson.