WLA NSW President
Lee-May is a solicitor at Women’s Legal Services New South Wales, and is a member of the Lawyers Reform Association committee. Lee-May’s main area of practice in the law is family law, but she is interested in various areas of the outside of this, including criminal law, advocacy, and arts and media law. As President of WLANSW, Lee-May would like to see WLANSW increase its focus on issues impacting upon women and children in the community, while it continues to advocate for the advancement of women in the legal profession.
Immediate Past 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.
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.
Rebecca is a solicitor at Sparke Helmore Lawyers and specialises in environmental and planning law. She also enjoys undertaking research and has completed her LLM writing a thesis on agricultural biotechnology law. Rebecca is also a committee member of the NSW Young Lawyers Environmental Law Committee and has been involved in raising awareness about environmental policy issues. Rebecca has a keen interest in the issues faced by young lawyers and hopes to promote these issues through the Women Lawyers’ Association.
After obtaining degrees in law and economics, Georgina was admitted in New Zealand in 1993. In 1998 she was admitted in Hong Kong where she spent four years as a senior solicitor in the litigation department at Herbert Smith. Georgina has a strong interest in workplace relations and in 2005 was Chair of the Human Resources Committee of the Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Georgina was also on the Executive Committee of the Foreign Women Lawyers’ Association in Tokyo. Having moved to Sydney in 2006, Georgina is undertaking postgraduate studies in labour law at Sydney University. With three young children, Georgina is particularly interested in work-life balance issues and promoting balanced hours arrangements in law firms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Freya Mocsari is a solicitor at Harmers 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.
Having just completed her 4th year of a B Economics/LLB at the University of Sydney, Alex has been casually employed at Thomson Legal & Regulatory Ltd and will commence work as a summer clerk at Deacons in December 2006. Alex was founder & President of the Sydney Uni branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society from 2003-2006, Treasurer for the Sydney Uni St Thomas More Law Society since 2003, and this year perfomed in the Sydney University Law Revue. Alex remains the youth editor of the Polish-Australian online news website “Puls Polonii” and has been published in the Sydney Uni-wide student paper “Honi Soit”. Recently she was involved in the establishment of the Sydney Uni Chapter of “85Broads”, a worldwide professional women’s network, and was elected Vice President for 2007. Alex looks forward to the opportunity of strengthening the Associations’s relationships and networks and providing encouragement and support to young women contemplating a career in law.
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).
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.
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.
Professional Issues Officer & NSW Young Lawyers Representative
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.