March 21, 2013


Dear Members & Colleagues,

A cocktail event is being held on Thursday 11th April at UUSC, to formally launch our Career Intentions Survey Project, celebrate the release of the Pilot Toplines Report for the project pilot, and celebrate the release of the final survey questionnaire at all university law schools and the College of Law in NSW.The Career Intentions Survey seeks to obtain data with a view to tracking and analysing the career paths and decisions of both female and male law graduates in New South Wales. Please join us, distinguished guests, and WLANSW Patron and guest speaker, the Honourable Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO. Please see details below for further information and registration.

I had great pleasure in welcoming Marion Pascoe, Deputy Parliamentary Counsel and President of the Union, University & Schools Club, as guest speaker at “In the Club’ Networking Cocktail Event’ Thursday 21st February at UUSC, to launch our 2013 schedule of events. Marion has had the unique experience of not only breaking down the barriers of one of Sydney’s most conservative all-male institutions but rising to becoming its president. Her story is inspirational and provided the backdrop for an interesting and entertaining evening. Several cartoons from the UUSC archives were on display, one of which is included below. Please click here to view the photo gallery from the event.

For further information on upcoming events, please visit our Event Calendar.

Members that have taken up the complimentary susbcription to Lawyers Weekly magazine are advised that it will be delivered to you fortnightly from the start of this year. The fortnightly magazine will remain Lawyers Weekly flagship publication, with more in-depth news analysis and features. 

Kind regards,

Margaret Holz

21st March 2013


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Career Intentions Survey Launch Cocktail Event
6:00pm-8:00pm, Thursday 11 April 2013
Union University and Schools Club, 25 Bent St, Sydney.

WLANSW Patron & Guest Speaker, the Honourable Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO of the Supreme Court of NSW

The Career Intentions Survey is a major initiative of WLANSW for 2013. The survey seeks to obtain data with a view to tracking and analysing the career paths and decisions of both female and male law graduates in New South Wales. The Toplines Report for the Career Intentions Survey pilot which took place in August to November last year will soon be available on the WLANSW website, together with the background information, on our Career Intentions Survey page under Workplace Practices
Please click here for the flyer for further information and registration.

Workplace Gender Equality Agency launches new website and announces new reporting framework

WGEA  announced the new reporting framework under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 has been set by the Minister for the Status of Women, the Hon. Julie Collins, with the tabling in parliament on 12 March 2013 of the Workplace Gender Equality (Matters in relation to Gender Equality Indicators) Instrument 2013 (No. 1).

The reporting matters contained in the Instrument will provide an unprecedented picture of the state of gender equality in Australian workplaces, including the extent to which strategies to improve gender equality have been adopted by Australian employers such as provision of employer-funded paid parental leave and flexible working arrangements.  Please visit their new website for further .


ALHR Annual Dinner 2013  with special guest Dan Mori

Friday 3 May 2013, 7pm – 11pm
Sky Phoenix Restaurant Level 6, Shop 6001, 188 Pitt St, Sydney

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, with the support of the International Law Association and the International Commission of Jurists, are hosting a dinner on 3 May with special guest Dan Mori. Mr Mori came to prominence when he volunteered to represent Guantánamo Bay detainees and was appointed military defence lawyer for Australian citizen David Hicks. All are welcome to attend the dinner. Firms are encouraged to purchase corporate tables of 12 and there are discounted tickets available for those working in the community sector. More information on the event and how to book tickets is available here.

Australian Institute of Administrative Law national essay prize

Australian Institute of Administrative Law Inc awards an AIAL National Essay Prize in Administrative Law every two years. The next prize will be awarded in 2013.
A prize of $2,000 will be awarded to the author of an essay displaying original thinking on a topic of the author’s choice relating to administrative law. The closing date for submission of essays will be 24 May 2013.

Please click here for rules for the 2013 Prize and further information. 

The 2011 National Essay Prize was won by Maya Narayan with an essay entitled “Creature of Statute, Beast of Burden: The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Heavy Lifting of Human Rights”. The essay was published in AIAL Forum No.66.
The 2009 National Essay Prize was won by Tristan Robinson with an essay entitled “Federal FOI Reform and Media Access to Government Information: A Transparency Revolution or Just a Better Foothold?”. The essay was published in AIAL Forum No.62.

WIN in-season tickets compliments of ICON FILM to THÈRÉSE DESQUEYROUX

Email with the Subject: THÈRÉSE D. Only winners will be contacted.

The final film from renowned French director Claude Miller (Un Secret), THÈRÉSE DESQUEYROUX was chosen as the Closing Night Film of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Starring the engrossing Audrey Tautou (Amelie), and based on François Mauriac’s famous novel, it tells the story of a woman named Thérèse Desqueyroux, trapped in a disappointing marriage in the Landes region of France. In order to break free from the fate imposed upon her, she must resort to tragically extreme measures.
In cinemas April 11. View the trailer here.


Email with the Subject: WEDDING. Only winners will be contacted.

On a crisp March morning in 1932, bride-to-be Dolly (Felicity Jones) is hiding in her bedroom daydreaming of the whimsical summer before, helped along by an ample jug of rum. Long-lost cousins and quirky aunts are arriving to the house every hour, and the downstairs living rooms are buzzing with speculation about the bride’s whereabouts. Exasperated by her daughter’s absence, Dolly’s scatter- brained mother Hetty (Elizabeth McGovern), is at her wit’s end, scurrying around the house trying to quell the relatives’ suspicions. Hetty has perfected all of the day’s arrangements, but her plans can’t prepare everyone for the arrival of Dolly’s unpredictable former lover, Joseph (Luke Treadaway). Based on the novel by Julia Strachey.
In cinemas nationally April 18, 2013 Check out the trailer for the film at the following link:

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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