February 6, 2013


Dear Members & Colleagues

We were delighted to close 2012 with the Attorney-General, Greg Smith’s announcement on 21st December of the first female President of the Court of Appeal, The Hon. Justice Margaret Beazley AO. A longtime member of WLANSW, we congratulate Justice Beazley on her appointment and her contribution to the law.

To launch our 2013 year, we have great pleasure in welcoming Marion Pascoe, Deputy Parliamentary Counsel and President of the Union, University & Schools Club, as guest speaker “In the Club” Thursday 21st February at UUSC; details below.

Other events to note are our annual “Law as a Career-Coming to the Bar” free public event during Law Week 13-19 May 2013, our biannual The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers hosted by WBF & WLANSW, Friday 17th May & Friday 13th September, and our annual Golden Girls “High Tea” Luncheon Friday 15th November at The Law Society of NSW.

The 2013 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards Gala Presentation Dinner has been confirmed for Friday 25th October at Cockle Bay Darling Harbour. There are limited opportunities to sponsor an award and other aspects of our awards, so please contact our office for further details at your earliest.

Please refer to our Event Calendar  for further details as they are confirmed and events are open for registration.

International Women’s Day 2013 theme is The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum ‘Over time and distance, the equal rights of women have progressed. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change. There is global momentum for championing women’s equality.’  We are supporting the IWD Sydney breakfast 8 March with guest speaker Rosie Johnson, a Senior Magistrate of Papua New Guinea Magisterial Services; details as noted below. For further information and details of other events nationally and globally, please visit  http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Women on Boards Conference Where to Now? 8-10 May 2013 at Sheraton on the Park Sydney, early bird registration is open: http://www.womenonboards.org.au/events/conference2013/ The Women on Boards conference has been a driving catalyst for changes around gender diversity in the Australian economy for a decade. The Conference is an opportunity to be part of the next wave of action to change attitudes and practices around women achieving board positions and other leadership roles.

With an exciting agenda of events and projects, we look forward to another year of growth and progress in supporting women in the law, our members and colleagues.

Kind Regards,

Margaret Holz

06 February 2013


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In the Club Networking Cocktail Event

Guest Speaker: Marion Pascoe

6-8pm Thursday 21st February 2013

Union, University & Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney

Many of Australia’s oldest and finest Clubs are private gentlemen’s and ladies clubs that provide social and professional support networks for their members. The Union, University & Schools Club (the “UUSC”) is the result of the merger of the Union Club and the University & Schools Club. For well over 100 years, it only admitted gentlemen as full members. Today, women constitute 19% of its membership.

Marion Pascoe is a barrister and a Deputy Parliamentary Counsel for NSW. She was elected as the first female President of both the University & Schools Club in 2004 and of the UUSC in 2010. She was recently elected for her third term of office as President the UUSC. She will share with us some of her experiences as President of a predominantly male club and as a Parliamentary drafter. She will discuss some of the reasons women join private clubs, and describe some of the factors that have led to the evolution of all-male clubs into mixed gender clubs, both in Australia and overseas.

Please click here for further details and registration. 

IWD Breakfast Friday 8 March, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

To download a hard copy of the registration brochure, please click here.

For further information, please contact our office on 02 8218 2912 or iwd@dkcinternational.com.au

The Light of Life – A seminar of Total Empowerment

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 February 2013, 9am – 4pm

Venue:  Ashfield Catholic & Community Club, 1-11  Charlotte St, Ashfield

Cost: $180 (Saturday or Sunday only), $280 (both days – special rate for WLANSW participants)

An international motivational speaker with over 40 years in his field, Master Christophe Clarke has developed a unique science specialising in ageless living through movement, as well as empowerment and leadership.

There are many seminars available offering any number of personal development benefits, but the Light of Life truly stands alone. The method and philosophy that will be shared will stimulate your curiosity about yourself and the power you have within. You will be able to remove unwanted stress – whether it’s spiritual, mental, physical or emotional.

Christophe will be guiding you through the principles of the Light of Life. The seminar will consist of four sessions – Spirit – Mind – Body – Emotion. Please click here for further information and registration details

I have studied with Master Clarke and have found his insights and knowledge to be invaluable in helping me deal with the stresses of practising law, as well as in everyday life. I highly recommend his seminars to your members.  So much so, that my business is hosting Master Clarke’s visit as I want to share what I have learned from him with as many of my fellow practitioners as possible. As well as providing them with personal empowerment, it will be a great networking session.
 ~Kim O’Donnell, Principal, Ptolemy Legal and WLASNSW Member

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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