March 15, 2011

Dear Members & Colleagues

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The Committee have been working on a range of issues,
programs and events that we are pleased to host. We look forward to
seeing our members at our annual ‘Law as a Career-Coming to the Bar’
15th May at Martin Place Chambers with the Honourable Justice Margaret
Beazley AO of the Supreme Court of NSW, Sandra Duggan SC, and Suanne
Russell, Counsel, Business and Commercial Lending, Westpac. We are also
co-hosting the biennial ‘Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers’
on 18 May with the Women Barristers Forum. On 9 May 2012 the Law
Society has kindly offered to host a special book launch event with
Women’s Legal Services and visiting Timorese authors. We also encourage
members to attend and support the Macquarie University’s annual Women,
Management & Work Conference 12-13 July 2012. Please see below for
further details and further events and services that may be of interest.

A reminder to ‘Save the date’ for our biennial signature
event “Celebrating Women in the Judiciary” to be held at the
University, Union and Schools Club 18th July, and to book early for the
Australian Women Lawyers 4th National Conference to be held in Canberra
10-12 August 2012 whilst places are still available.

Please click here to download the <a
issue of Themis, the official newsletter of Australian Women
Lawyers with news from our colleagues around the nation.

Please refer to our event schedule for details on our
events which will be updated as details are confirmed.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our events.


Kind regards,

Rebecca Barry

01 May 2012


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Women Lawyers Association of NSW and Women’s Legal
Services NSW present

“Secrecy: The Key to Independence” the story of East
Timorese Women’s experiences

Wednesday 9th May 2012,
5.30pm – 7.30pm

The Law Society of NSW,
170 Phillip Street, Sydney

Laura Soares Abrantes and Beba Sequeira are co-editors of the book
“Secrecy: the Key to Independence” a compilation of Timorese women’s
oral histories. In many cases it is the first time their stories have
been told of their experiences during the Indonesian occupation of East
Timor and their brave fight for independence.

Laura and Beba will be talking about these stories and
how women in East Timor are now playing a major role in the development
of their country including the new legal system. Both Laura and Beba
were active in the resistance and clandestine movement during the
occupation at great risk to their personal safety.

Beba is Director of APSC – TL, an organisation that
supports and promotes women’s projects in East Timor. Laura is now
gender consultant with APSC – TL.

Both have contributed to many publications about women
in East Timor.
Free admittance – bookings essential as places are limited. Light
refreshments provided.
RSVP: Helen Campbell on 8745 6947 or <a
to confirm your attendance.

We thank the Law Society of NSW for their support in hosting this event.

Click here to download the flyer.

“Law as a Career – Coming to
the Bar”

Tuesday 15 May 2012, 5:30pm
to 7:30pm

Martin Place Chambers,
Level 6, 65 Martin Place, Sydne

Speakers for this event are the Honourable Justice
Margaret Beazley AO of the Supreme Court of NSW, Sandra Duggan SC, and
Suanne Russell, Counsel, Business and Commercial Lending, Westpac. The
MC for the event is Rebecca Barry, President of WLA NSW and NSW
Director of Australian Women Lawyers.


The panel of speakers will share their experiences in
their respective legal careers, coming to the bar, and directions their
careers have taken. There is no charge to attend. Light refreshments
will be provided. Bookings are essential. Please RSVP: or 0466 157 087 to register your

Law Week 14-20 May 2012 <a

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>>Janet Coombs pictured front row in black suit beside WLANSW President Rebecca Barry in the pink jacket.
18th May,
Friday 1.00pm – 2.00pm

The Janet
Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers

Hosted by
the Women Barristers Forum & WLANSW

Café, 111 Phillip St (adjacent to Martin Place), Sydney

Please join us and
distinguished guests for our biannual lunch and meet the new women at
the bar. No charge; non-reader attendees pay for own lunch. A special
lunch menu selection ranging from $15-$22 has been prepared
to ensure
prompt service. Please register your attendance and menu selection
(link) by 16th May:
or 0466 157 087 to ensure adequate seating.

Legal Centres NSW State Conference 2012, Sydney, 8 – 10 May

This conference is a
fantastic networking and professional development opportunity. It is
open to anyone working in community and government organisations that
are concerned with social justice, anti-discrimination, campaigning for
change and representing disadvantaged or marginalised members of the
community. There is an exciting program of workshops, presentations and
keynote speakers, including The Hon. Michael Kirby AC, Ronald Merkel
QC, Rodney Croome, Elizabeth Broderick and Tammy Solonec.

For more information and to
register please go to
or download the final program  <a


Women in Business, Supporting Women’s Economic

Tuesday 5th June 2012 to Wednesday 6th June 2012

A special half day session with the Australia Arab
Chamber of Commerce and industry (AACCI) Forum and Expo Wednesday 6
June 2012. The Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AACCI)
is holding the 2012 Australia Arab Business Forum and Expo from Tuesday
5 June to Wednesday 6 June 2012 at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.
The principal objective of the event is promoting and facilitating
two-way trade and investment between Australia and the Arab countries.
A key session in the program is titled Women in Business, Supporting
Women’s Economic Empowerment. This is a half-day session on Wednesday
June 6, 2012. This session is being held in conjunction with the
leading business women’s owners organisation, Women Chiefs of
Enterprise International (Australia). Please visit <a
for further information and registration.


Take control of your career at the Women, Management
& Work Conference 2012 alt=”Women & Leadership”

Be empowered to take control of your career at Macquarie
University’s annual Women, Management & Work Conference.
Inspirational leaders in business and government will share their
stories and practical advice on how to embrace your full potential and
become an influential leader. This year’s theme is Inspiration and
Empowerment – Creating your future, encouraging women to achieve higher
leadership roles throughout Australia. This two day conference will
provide you with practical advice on empowerment, negotiation, social
networking, presentation skills, workplace diversity networking,
mentoring, and career development.

This is a key event for women and men who want to drive
their own career success and become an influential leader in their


Key speakers:


•    Åse Lunde – Managing Director, Lunde
Risk Reduction AB, Sweden

•    Holly Kramer – Group General
Manager, Pacific Brands Workwear Group

•    Senator Claire Moore – Senator for
Queensland, Australian Labor Party

•    Jenny Morawska – President and CEO,
The Morawska Group

•    Innes Willox, Chief Executive
Designate, Australian Industry Group

•    Rachel Clow – General Manager,
Personal Lending, Commonwealth Bank

•    Robert Rodgers CSM FAHRI – Air
Commodore, Director General Personnel, Air Force

12 – 13 July 2012, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip St, Sydney

Book now at
Fee: Early Bird $1,725 until 1 June 2012, $2,300 WLANSW Members: 25%
Discount $,1725

For full conference program and more information: <a


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Australian Women Lawyers 4th National Conference

Fri, 10 August 2012 – Sun, 12
August 2012

University House, Australian
National University, ACT

All lawyers need to connect with like-minded people
where they can be inspired, challenged and encouraged in their
professional and personal lives. No matter what area of law you are
involved with you will take away valuable insights. Catch up with old
friends and meet new ones at the only national event specifically
designed for women lawyers in a public world.

The Hon. Diana Bryant, Chief Justice, Family Court of
Australia is opening the event. The Hon. Robert French AC, Chief
Justice, High Court of Australia is giving an address and The Hon.
Justice Virginia Bell, High Court of Australia is also presenting.
Penny Williams, the Global Ambassador for Women and Girls and many
other leaders are presenting and will be on hand to answer your
questions and help you in your journey.

here for program details and registration


Australia’s Solicitors and Barristers

The First National Comprehensive Online Directory

We list all law firms and barristers for free with their
name, address and Areas of Law. We invite law firms to have a Feature
Page, which is a full description of their services, with photos etc,
which incurs a fee of $390 for 12 months. Interestingly, if they have a
Feature Page they can be found under extra Qualities, including Female

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to go in the draw with the subject heading ‘ Café de Flore’. Only
winners will be contacted.

CAFE DE FLORE – Only at the Movies April 25! Healing a broken heart
isn’t easy. Sometimes it takes a lifetime…or two. Cafe de Flore is a
love story about people separated by time and place but connected in
profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and
hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young
mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a
recently-divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds
the two stories together is love – euphoric, obsessive, tragic,
youthful, timeless love. Trailer: <a


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to go in the draw with the subject heading ‘Devil’s Island’ or ‘War’.
Only winners will be contacted.

Based on true events, KING OF DEVIL’ S ISLAND (M) tells an
extraordinary story of friendship, loyalty and rebellion. Norway, 1915.
Life?s tough for the boys at an ice-bound island reform school run a
stern Governor (Stellan Skarsgard). But when a defiant newcomer
arrives, they dare to dream of escape… The film has won over a dozen
international awards, including the Norway Film Prize. “Absolutely
unmissable!” FILMINK Australian Premiere season commences 3 May, 2012
View the trailer and more at:

DECLARATION OF WAR (M) tells the powerful true-story of a young
Parisian couple who are suddenly dragged from their carefree existence
by an unexpected twist of Fate, finding themselves at the mercy of the
French hospital system, with great pressure on themselves to remain
committed to each other and remain together. The film’s director
Valerie Donzelli and her co-writer Jeremie Elkaim co-star as the
couple, re-creating the extraordinary events that they went through
together. Shot with heart-on-sleeve enthusiasm and delirious energy,
they tell their story in a lively, poetic style, full of humour,
emotion and visual panache, set to a soundtrack to die for. After
premiering as the opening night of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film
Festival, DECLARATION OF WAR attracted front page coverage in France
and took the local box office by storm, achieving over 500 000
admissions in less than two weeks, going on to be selected as France’s
official submission for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Australian Premiere season commences 31 May, 2012 View
the trailer and more at:


Who are Australian Women Lawyers (AWL)?

Formed in 1997, AWL is the national body representing and funded by women lawyers associations in Australia. The current AWL Patron is the Honourable Chief Justice Diana Bryant of the Family Court of Australia.

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