WLA NSW President
Mary has been a member of WLANSW since 2005. In September 2007, Mary relocated from the mid north coast town of Port Macquarie to Sydney after almost 10 years in private practice as a solicitor and as a partner. In November 2007, Mary was elected Treasurer of WLANSW. At our AGM on 27 Jovember 2008, Mary was elected President of WLANSW. Mary has an extensive history of involvement in lobbying and advocating on behalf of the legal profession. Mary was a Councillor of the Law Society of NSW from 2004-2008 and is a Past President of both NSW Young Lawyers (2004) and the Mid North Coast Regional Law Society (2003-2005). Mary is currently employed as a solicitor in the City Prosecutor’s Office of the City of Sydney Council where she provides advice and undertakes prosecutions in both the Local Court and Land and Environment Court.
Rebecca practices as a Solicitor at TressCox Lawyers in the area of Corporate and Commercial Law. Rebecca’s clients are publicly listed and private companies (small to medium), financial service providers, insurers, trusts, associations and colleges. Rebecca is particularly interested in women’s history and completed her thesis “Stepping Stones: the Role the Women’s College Played in the Professions at the Turn of the Century” as part of her honours degree in history at the University of Sydney. Rebecca is on the Editorial Committee of the Clarion publication for the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and a member of the Women’s Initiative Practice Group for ALFA International. Rebecca is also on the Business Law Committee and the Social Committee of NSW Young Lawyers.
Immediate Past President and Australian Women Lawyers Representative
Lee-May is a barrister practising at Martin Place Chambers. Before coming to the Bar, Lee-May worked as a solicitor in private practice and regularly appeared as an advocate in court matters. She has also worked at community legal centres including Women’s Legal Services New South Wales and the Intellectual Disability Rights Service. She has been involved with the WLA NSW Committee and other professional legal organisations, since she was a student. Lee-May is the current Director and Representative for New South Wales on the Australian Women Lawyers Board of Directors, was President of WLA NSW for two years in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008, and has held various positions on the WLA NSW Committee including Treasurer and Media Officer. She has been appointed to the Board of Women’s Legal Services New South Wales for 2009-2010. Lee-May is keenly interested in policy and law reform issues particularly those affecting access to justice and women in the legal profession. She looks forward to continuing her involvement with the WLA NSW Committee in 2009-2010.
Leigh Liebowitz (nee Burland)
Leigh is a senior associate at McCabe Terrill Lawyers and practices in the area of workplace and industrial relations. Her solid knowledge of the practices and procedures of NSW Public Sector organisations comes from first hand experience gained working in-house with various NSW Public Sector agencies. Her main client is currently the NSW Police Force and she manages the claims made against them in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission and “hurt on duty” claims in the District Court and Government and Related Employees Appeal Tribunal. Leigh has extensive experience in representing a large transport organisation in defence of disciplinary and promotion appeals by employees. She also has experience in handing discrimination claims in both State and Federal jurisdictions. Leigh holds undergraduate law degrees from the University of South Africa and the University of New South Wales and has recently graduated with a Masters of Law from the University of Sydney. Leigh is also an active member of the McCabe Terrill pro-bono committee
Eirene is a senior associate at Clayton Utz in the Mergers & Acquisitions group, advising on mergers and acquisitions, listing rules, directors’ duties and other general corporate issues for a range of public and private companies and investment funds.
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.
Professional Issues Officer
Co Fundraising & Sponsorship Officer
Margaret first joined WLA when she was a student in the mid-70’s. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1976 and practised at Hunt & Hunt, rising from articled clerk to partner, until 1991. She then left to establish the firm Ferguson Holz where she was managing partner until being called to the Bar in 2003. Her work has always been in personal injuries litigation, specialising in motor accidents. She was a Supreme and District Court Arbitrator and a Costs Assessor for many years and is presently both an assessor for the Motor Accidents Authority and a District Court mediator. Margaret has been a member of the Costs, ADR and Common Law Committees of the Law Society. She later spent three years as a Bar Councillor and has chaired the New Barristers Committee. She is presently a committee member of the Women Barristers Forum and the Bar’s Professional Conduct 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.
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.