Following our AGM on 30th November 2011, I am delighted to be re-elected President. I would like to thank the outgoing Vice President, Kate Blue and outgoing committee members, Lee-May Saw and Jade Tyrrell. Please click here to view my President’s Report from the AGM. The newly elected committee will be meeting shortly and planning is underway for the New Year, and I look forward to bringing you further updates.
Our Christmas Party following the AGM was a terrific event and we were thrilled that as well as our Patron The Hon Justice Jane Mathews AO of the Supreme Court of NSW; The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO of the Supreme Court of NSW; The Hon James Wood AO QC Chair NSW Law Reform Commission, Judge Kevin O’Connor President of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal; Prof Ros Croucher President of the Law Reform Commission; Bernard Coles QC President of the Bar Association; Julia Baird SC Chair of the Women Barrister’s Forum; Heidi Fairhall President of NSW Young Lawyers; Alexandra Rose, Coralie Kenny and past President Mary Macken of the Law Society of NSW; Marion Pascoe our host at UUSC; Louisa Fitz-Gerald from the Cancer Council and Justin Whealing Editor of Lawyers Weekly, were all there to celebrate the end of another fabulous year with our members and guests.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Law Society of NSW for their ongoing support and sponsorship, and TressCox Lawyers for their ongoing support as host for our committee meetings.
One of our aims for 2012 is to continue to participate in the debate on diversity on boards and diversity in senior positions of the legal profession. It was a great pleasure to support the cocktail event on the 17th November with the Women Barristers Forum, celebrating the appointment of two new women to Senior Counsel, Sarah McNaughton SC and Kristina Stern SC. 2012 will also host our biennial signature event “Celebrating Women in the Judiciary’ and some exciting new projects and events.
The passing of this year also saw the recent passing of another of our Life Members, The Hon. Mahla Pearlman AO, who died on 2 December. Martin Place Chambers fondly recalled that Mahla referred to Chambers by saying, “you can call it what you like but I know it is really Mahla Pearlman Chambers”, and she was quite proud that her little court warranted a specialist Bar. Many gathered to honour Mahla and her life contributions at the funeral on 4 December. In the words of one of our Life Members, “A great lady whose fine example made the road for those women lawyers coming after her a little smoother”, a sentiment I’m sure shared by all that knew her.
On behalf of the committee I thank you for your support during 2011 and wish you a safe and happy festive season. Please note that our office will be closed from 23rd December and will reopen 16th January.
12 December 2011
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After graduating from Sydney University in 1960 with an Arts degree and an honours degree in Law, Mahla practised as a solicitor, until she was elevated to the Bench as Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales in April 1992.
Mahla fulfilled a number of roles in conjunction with her legal practice, beginning with her appointment as the first woman President of the Law Society of New South Wales (1981-1982). Mahla was also the first woman President of the Law Council of Australia (1989-1990). She was
Deputy Secretary-General of the International Bar Association (1988-1992), Chairman of the Board of Governors of the College of Law (1983-1988), Chairman of Guardian Trust Australia Limited (1991-1992) and Member of the Police Board of New South Wales (1991-1992).
The Hon Mahla Pearlman is remembered for her significant contribution to the legal profession and to the community. She was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January 1985 for services to the legal profession; awarded the Centenary Medal for service to the law in April 2003; and in 2004 was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the law, the judiciary and the community.
Australian Women Lawyers 4th National Conference
Fri, 10 August 2012 – Sun, 12 August 2012
University House, Australian National University, ACT
The biennial Australian Women Lawyers 4th National Conference, Women Lawyers in a Public World, brings together leading legal practitioners with the aim of educating, encouraging and discovering the balance between work and life.
The conference reaffirms AWL’s commitment to the practice and advancement of women in the legal profession. AWL also works to eliminate both direct and indirect discrimination in the legal system and the administration of justice to ensure that the legal system is more responsive to women’s needs.
Program at a glance
• Biodiversity and the law: Examining state, federal and international legislation
• Chief Justice High Court of Australia address
• The good, the bad and ugly truths about social media
• Restorative justice and female offenders
• Powerful bundling of intellectual property rights. Ownership and authorship in a digital medium
• Trailblazing women and the law
• Surviving and thriving as a woman in the law: Attrition, retention and progression
THE IRON LADY tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world. It is a film about power and the price that is paid for power, a story that is both unique and universal. THE IRON LADY stars Academy Award-winners Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as her husband, Denis.
Click here to Download Brochure or view and register online
Please note WLANSW Members are eligible for a $250 discount (this cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer). Early bird & Member discounts expire 3/2/2012.
Knowledge management plays a fundamental part in the success of a law firm. However, knowledge management is not a care business for law firms, and its intangible values, such as the development of employees’ skills and knowledge, the deepening of client relationships, and the availability of information are difficult to demonstrate.
Knowledge management professionals therefore face difficulties in convincing managers of the need to invest time and money in knowledge initiatives and engaging lawyers who have to account for every 6 minutes in knowledge management initiatives. A targeted approach to introducing knowledge management initiatives that clearly shows what’s in it for lawyers is crucial.
This one-day forum will provide you with opportunities to hear timely and topical knowledge management case studies. You’ll have the chance to interact and network with presenters and attendees from organisations similar to yours and share ideas and how to:
Prove the value and ROI of KM and win support for the KM agenda
Implement knowledge sharing initiatives that make a difference in the firm
Harness the drive for social media and mobile technologies
Get lawyers to engage in knowledge management and eLearning
Select the projects and technologies that will have the most impact on the firm
Establish a culture of sharing and the address the role of leadership in it
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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