November 9, 2012

Dear Members & Colleagues

Current financial members should have received notice of our AGM on Tuesday 20th November, 5.30pm at the University Union & Schools Club Sydney, with a call for nominations. Please contact Kathryn McKenzie, our Executive Officer, if you have not received the notification, and please advise if you will be attending the AGM. You can contact Kathryn at or on 0466 157 087.

The Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW congratulates the 12 women barristers on the list of 26 appointments to silk. The appointment of these women to senior counsel marks a significant achievement in the advancement of women at the Bar. Please click here to view our Press Release and click here to view the Lawyers Weekly article – record number of female silks appointed. In association with the Women Barristers Forum, we are delighted to invite you to join us in celebrating these appointments Thursday 15th November, 5.30pm at The Verandah Restaurant 


The Law Society of NSW is hosting our annual Golden Girls “High Tea” Luncheon 12.30pm Friday 16th November. A rare occasion to be able to meet with some of our founding and pioneering women. All are welcome, but please register prior to ensure adequate seating and catering.

The Law Society of NSW and the Women Lawyers Association of NSW are proud to host  two networking workshops aimed at female solicitors and barristers, with guest presenters Katrina Howard, Senior Counsel, and
Odette Gourley, Partner, of national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. In an informal networking workshop, join Odette and Katrina to hear their tips on how to build and enhance your business development skills, either Friday 23 November, 1pm – 2pm, or Thursday 29 November, 5.30pm – 6.30pm at The Law Society of NSW; details below. 

In association with the Workplace Practices Sub-Committee of the Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales, Norton Rose is proud to present An evening with the President of Fair Work of Australia, 6-8pm Thursday 29thNovember. Justice Ross will address this event on Developments within Fair Work Australia, including the initiatives outlined in ‘Future Directions’ – the paper released at the end of October which sets out the initiatives the Tribunal will take over the next 12 months. Places are limited. 

Our AGM on Tuesday 20th November will be followed by our Christmas Cocktail event at 6pm as detailed in the our events section on the website and below. Please note that although Corporate Members only have 1 vote, their staff are welcome to attend the AGM, and Christmas Cocktails which is also open to non-members.

Please click here to view the photos gallery from our last event, The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers hosted by WBF & WLANSW, Friday 19th October at The Law Society of NSW. These biannual networking lunches provide a great opportunity to meet the new women at the bar. Janet Coombs is pictured
welcoming guests and seated with our luncheon group. 

Thank you for supporting WLANSW during 2012.

I look forward to seeing you these events, and at the AGM and Christmas Cocktails.

Kind regards,

Rebecca Barry

09 November 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.

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16th November 2012, Friday 12.30pm

Golden Girls Annual Lunch

The Law Society of NSW, Level 2, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney

Please join us at the Law Society of NSW for a ‘high tea’ luncheon. Our annual luncheon provides an opportunity for our retired colleagues and Life Members to reconnect and impart their knowledge and experience to others. A rare occasion to be able to meet with some of our founding and pioneering women. All welcome. Please click here for the Registration Form and RSVP with payment, $25pp fully inclusive, by 14 November to ensure adequate seating and catering.

6-8pm,Tuesday 20th November

The Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW Inc.
invites you to join us and distinguished guests for our

Christmas Cocktail Event

Union, University & Schools Club of Sydney

25 Bent St, Sydney

Please click here for further details and registration.

The Law Society of NSW and the Women Lawyers Association of NSW are proud to host two networking workshops in November 2012 aimed at female solicitors and barristers, with guest presenters Katrina Howard, Senior Counsel, and Odette Gourley, Partner, of national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Katrina Howard SC, appointed Senior Counsel in 2006, is one of Australia’s foremost patent barristers, and Odette Gourley is a leading intellectual property and regulatory lawyer. Odette and Katrina are at the top of their game and understand the importance of excellence in technical legal skills and business development skills to make it to the top. In an informal networking workshop, join Odette and Katrina to hear their tips on how to build and enhance your business development skills.

In order to accommodate the different working arrangements of many women lawyers, Odette and Katrina have generously agreed to present this seminar on two dates, as both a lunchtime and evening session.

Register either for:

·         Friday 23 November, 1pm – 2pm ; or

·         Thursday 29 November, 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Law Firm Comparison Data Launched by Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW (WLANSW)

The Workplace Practices Subcommittee* of WLANSW has consolidated publicly available information about law firms and the gender profile of solicitors in these firms into one readily accessible table to assist lawyers in making decisions about their employment, and to promote discussion and debate about the advancement of women in the profession.

The data disclosed has been collated in categories such as:

·         Women as a percentage of partners, both total and equity;

·         Level of paid parental leave offered by the firms;

·         Whether the firms are Employers of Choice as recognised by the Equal Opportunity of Women in the Workforce Agency; and

·         Whether the firms are corporate members of WLANSW.


Please click here to view the Press Release; please click here to view the Comparison Data Table.


*The Workplace Practices Subcommittee of WLANSW considers the impact of employment law on working conditions generally, with a focus on women in the legal profession. It has a particular interest in the way legal work and workplaces are structured, and the advancement of women in those workplaces.

 Recruiting Executive Director for IWRAW (International Women’s Rights Action Watch) Asia Pacific

IWRAW Asia Pacific has worked on for the last 20 years to promote the domestic implementation of international human rights standards by building the capacity of women and human rights advocates to claim and realise women’s human rights.

IWRAW Asia Pacific is recruiting an Executive Director to fill this vital position which will greatly add value to the work IWRAW AP is doing on strengthening the application of CEDAW and advocating for promotion and protection of women’s human rights. We are seeking a strong candidate for this post; requirements for this position can be found in the attached document. We are seeking your assistance to circulate this to your contacts and networks to help attract the best candidate. If you know of anyone personally who is suitable, please
refer them to us or ask them to send in their application. Application deadline: 16 November 2012


We thank you in advance for your assistance. Regards, IWRAW Asia Pacific

Rose Helibron: The Story of England’s First Woman Queen’s Counsel and Judge  by Hilary Helibron   

National Telework Week is dedicated to promoting the benefits of telework, encouraging businesses,community groups and government agencies to get involved and trial telework. Please click here for the Information Brochure. The webcast link to tune into the Telework Congress, where the Prime Minister will launch National Telework Week on 12 November, is below and it should also be available now for

Women Legal 2013, Australia 

Since 2006, Managing Partner has held forums worldwide on “Women Legal” in London, New York, San Francisco, Florida, Chicago, Sydney and Melbourne.
Managing Partner Australia is proud to announce that for next January they are presenting: Managing Partner Australia’s 5th Annual
‘Women Legal 2013’ Retaining and Advancing Women in the Legal Profession One day business roundtable
31 January 2013, The Sebel Surry Hills, Sydney
This one day roundtable provides a unique
platform to hear the journeys of women who were able to have success in their careers and family, the firms that have made this work and discuss some topical issues related to gender equality in the workplace like: “What are the best law firms for women? What makes them the best and how to implement their strategies in your firm” and learn from case studies, insights and candid viewpoints.

Click here to download the brochure  or register online. 
WLANSW Members save $200 or you can take advantage of the Early Bird: $1095 + GST (Expires 8 January 2012), where you save $100.


WIN an in-season double pass to the upcoming film, Liberal Arts.


Email with the subject heading ‘Liberal Arts’.

Only winners will be contacted. 
Directed by: Josh Radnor (TV’s How I Met Your Mother). Cast: Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Richard Jenkins (Killing Them Softly), Allison Janney (The West Wing). It follows a thirty-something guy and a co-ed who spark a connection due to their mutual love of books and music, though their age
difference complicates their fledgling relationship. It is a heart-warming reminder that sometimes students make the best teachers. LIBERAL ARTS premiered at Sundance this year, and was embraced by festival goers as a feel-good film that wears its heart on its sleeve.

View trailer here.  In cinemas 13th December

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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