Committee 2006

Shauna Jarrett

Vice President

Shauna has been in practice since 1994, specialising  in small business and personal services, and is  Senior Associate of Griffith Nicholson Lawyers 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 and 2007 Junior Vice-President. 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.

Melinda Di Condio

Secretary

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.

Lee-May Saw

Treasurer

Lee-May is a solicitor for Women’s Legal Services New South Wales, and is a member of the Lawyers  Reform Association committee. Lee-May’s areas of  interest in law are varied and include criminal law, advocacy, and arts and media law, amongst others. This is complemented by her keen involvement with and support for policy and law reform work. Lee-May would like to see more Asian women at the Bar. Outside of the law, she enjoys a good work out as much as a good film or song.

Louise Byrne

WLANSW President & AWL NSW Representative

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.

Pauline Wright

Policy Officer

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.

Elizabeth Maconachie

Functions Officer 

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.

Freya Mocsari

Education Officer

Freya Mocsari is a solicitor at Cutler Hughes & Harris and specialises in employment law and industrial relations. Freya has experience in both 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.

Mary Yvonne Underwood

Media Officer 

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.

Julie-Anne Werda

Research Officers 

Julie Werda is a solicitor at Middletons Lawyers in the Commercial and Corporate practice area specialising in Information Technology, Telecommunications and Intellectual Property Law. Previously, Julie worked in the Banking and Finance sector and has strong experience in providing advice on both commercial and corporate matters. Julie has maintained a strong interest in women’s issues from her role as an officer at the UNSW Women’s Department; her Honours thesis on the “History of Women in Australian Sport and Culture”; and her involvement in various Women’s health and fitness forums. Her hobbies, amongst many things, include hiking, running and travel.

Tania Evers

Committee

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.

Tatyana Virgara

Professional Issues Officer

Tatyana graduated from Sydney University with honours degrees in Agricultural Economics and Law. Tatyana is currently a solicitor at Hicksons Lawyers practising in commercial litigation, commercial and mortgage fraud, trade practices and administrative law. Tatyana has recently returned to Sydney after practising law in Melbourne with Maurice Blackburn Cashman in Class Actions.

Jenny Baxter

Committee

 

Janet Coombs

Committee

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. Janet is the WLANSW representative on the National Council of Women of NSW committee.

Bronwyn Carr

Fundraising & Sponsorship Officer

I was admitted in 1996 and am currently a Senior Associate with Dibbs Abbott Stillman, specialising in the areas of insolvency, Corporations Law, banking advice and litigation. I was previously a Senior Associate with Henry Davis York and, prior to that, a solicitor with Kemp Strang. I am a member of the NSW Law Society, Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia and IWIRC (International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation). I was a committee member on the NSW Young Lawyers Business Law Committee for several years but was then distracted with post-graduate study for several years, completing an Advanced Insolvency and Practice Certification and a Master of Laws (Sydney).

Newcastle/Hunter Region Representative Committee

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

Kathryn McKenzie

Executive Officer

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.