August 7, 2012



Dear Members & Colleagues

Pilot testing for the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW (WLANSW) Career Intentions Survey will commence this month, August 2012, with a summary report of findings to be released later this year. Despite an increasing number of women undertaking legal studies, there still remains a disappointingly small number of women reaching senior positions in all sectors of law and business. The aim of the survey is to obtain data with a view to tracking and analysing career paths and decisions of both female and male law graduates in New South Wales.

We are very proud and excited to announce that the Bar Association of NSW immediately signed up as a principal sponsor of this new project.

We now call upon law firms, corporations, other industry bodies, and government departments who are potential partners for WLANSW for this major project to come forward and show their support and follow the Bar Association’s example in financially supporting this groundbreaking research. We call on these potential partners to follow through on their commitment to diversity and equal opportunity and sponsor our Career Intentions Survey initiative, and welcome their support. For further information:
– Please click here for the Press Release 
– Please click here for the WLANSW Career Intentions Subcommittee’s letter of introduction and request for support 
Please click here for the Sponsorship Proposal 

We had a fabulous attendance at our biennial signature event “Celebrating Women in the Judiciary” held at the University, Union and Schools Club 18th July. It was well represented by distinguished guests, members of the judiciary and legal profession. We were particularly pleased by the representation of our ‘male’ supporters! Please click here to view the article posted by Editor of Lawyers Weekly,  Justin Whealing following his attendance at the event ‘Modesty holding women back’, featuring our keynote guest speaker, Jane Needham SC. Pictured below are the appointees in attendance at the event, L-R: Magistrate Margaret McGlynn, Judge Donna Woodburn SC, Justice Judith Anne Rees, and Magistrate Louise McManus with myself and our Patron, The Hon. Justice Jane Mathews AO in the centre. Please click here to view the photo gallery from the event

We encourage you to book early for our next event, “Laugh, Breathe & Relax”, to be held at the Law Society of NSW on 4 September. It promises to be an experiential and fun session to provide participants the opportunity to learn the health benefits of laughter and meditation, and take away some practical tools they can use immediately in their lives. Places are limited – details below.

We look forward to your continued support with membership subscriptions and the launch of our Career Intentions Survey.

Kind regards,

Rebecca Barry

07 August 2012



Support the organisation that has supported women in law since 1952.

For further information on joining or to renew your membership please contact our office or visit our website.

Click here for the Membership Form.

Laugh, Breathe & Relax

5.30-7.30pm Tuesday 4th September 2012

The Law Society of NSW, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney 

Laughter is an effective way of building your physical mental and emotional good health. Laughter improves your memory, relaxes your muscles, relieves pain and helps you to sleep. It’s a natural anti depressant and builds great relationships. In this fun interactive workshop, we will explain about the many health benefits of laughter and show you ways to add laughter to your life. Learn the power of oxygen, how laughter brings oxygen to your body and mind and how oxygen improves your immune system. You will also learn simple relaxation and stillness exercises to quieten the mind and release tension from the body. Experience easy meditation. Have fun! Please click here for further information and registration.

2012 Mental Health Matters Awards are now open!

The Mental Health Matters Awards are unique awards designed to recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations who have worked to improve understanding, awareness, service provision and the general mental health of our community, over the past 12 month period (1 July 2011 – 30 June 2012).

Award Winners receive
• a prize of $1000 for the winner in each of the ten award categories
• presentation of their award at the launch of Mental Health Month at NSW Parliament House.

For further information and to download the nomination form, click here.  

Nominations close 5pm Friday 10 August 2012.

Way Ahead Directory launched online 


Way ahead

A directory listing more than 2000 mental health services in NSW,  has just been launched online for the first time at

Way Ahead also hosts factsheets explaining mental health jargon and information about mental health legislation. 

Way Ahead makes it easy to find mental health services in your local area.

Who might find it useful?

People experiencing mental illness, carers, families, friends, allied health workers and medical professionals.



Contemporary Critical Approaches to Human Rights

Staff Common Room, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Kensington Campus
Friday 17-Saturday 18 August 2012
A workshop sponsored by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law (UNSW),
the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (UNSW) and the Faculty of Arts (University of Sydney)

There is no cost to attend the workshop but you must register by emailing Belinda McDonald at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law on and indicate which days you will be attending. Tea and coffee is provided to all attendees on both days, as well as lunch on the concluding day. Please click here for the Program  and the Abstracts .


The Louise Brown Memorial Award – internships in human rights law, remembering a gifted student

Employment Contracts Conference, The Grace Sydney NSW, 20 September 2012

Overview of the latest legal and HR perspectives and strategies

The Conference offers you a unique opportunity to obtain an up-to-date overview of latest developments and their implications from both legal and HR perspectives. The conference will explore such issues as contracts and legislative frameworks, scope of implied terms, the common types of breach of employment contract claims, restraints of trade and tips and traps for drafting contract terms. Featuring a rare overview of legal and HR intricacies in employment contracts, this conference is ideal for employment lawyers as well as HR practitioners who will have a chance to learn from high-profile experts from law firms such as Freehills, Maurice Blackburn and Minter Ellison amongst others. 6 CPD/MCLE points 

Download the PDF or Register Online

WLANSW Members receive 10% discount – please note when booking.

Mahlab’s annual survey of salaries and market trends in the legal profession will be available online  

As you are aware, for a few years now we have had a special offer for Women Lawyers so this year is no exception! Any memberwho calls the booking agency, MCA-Tix, on 1300 306776 can purchase as many tickets as they like for whatever night they wish (other than the preview) at the concession price of $25.00 instead of the normal price of $30.00. When they ring they must use the promo code “Women Lawyers”. Please click here for the flyer. Tony Laumberg

BIG SPLASH PRODUCTIONS marks its 10th year of entertaining Sydneysiders with the latest offering from the highly successful comedy team of writer/producer, Tony Laumberg, and director, Richard Cotter. This time, in their 12th play together, they present a murder mystery so funny it’d make Agatha Christie die laughing. The world’s most popular children’s band, the Giggles, have an adult-sized problem. Following a knockout performance for their thousands of young fans they discover their manager dead in their dressing room…with a knife in his back. Suddenly they’re all accused of murder! Watch the mystery unfold with an unlikely list of suspects and enough clues and red herrings to baffle even the most eagle-eyed and dogged detective. Which Giggle did it? Did all of them? What will the children think? Starring: Jasmin Certoma, Nick Hunter, Seaton Kay-Smith, Peter Talmacs & Tricia Youlden


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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