Her Say! News, Views & Events – April 2014


Dear Members and Friends,

The Women Lawyers Association of NSW has kicked of the year with a number of new events and initiatives in line with our new purpose “Empowering Women, Transforming Law”.

This year, we are transforming the resources available to our members so please read on to discover what’s on in April.

“Empowering Women”

In March this year, the Women Lawyers’ Association launched the “Women Lawyers Network” to empower and inspire women to create the career they want. We launched our new blog and two new event series, ‘Workshops Over Wine’ and ‘Inspiration before Breakfast’. The ‘Workshops over Wine’ series brings you thought leaders and world shakers presenting a short workshop on the skills you need outside of technical expertise to create the career you want. The ‘Inspiration before Breakfast’ series is designed to get you excited about being a woman in law by sharing exciting and thought provoking ideas over breakfast platters and coffee.

Workshops over Wine Series : Our first ‘Workshops over Wine’ was launched on 5 March by TEDx speaker Julia Palmer who presented to a sell-out crowd on “The Future of Face to Face Networking”. The next event is on the 14th April, “The Brain, Blues and Burnout – The Biology of Depression” with guest speaker and psychiatrist, Dr Kathryn Lovic and is now open for registration

Inspiration Before Breakfast Series: Our first event is on 1 May with Jen Dalitz, CEO of SheEO and management consultant. Jen will discuss the importance of finding your own definition of success. This event will be open for registration shortly. 

Newcastle Chapter: For our regional members, our Newcastle Chapter Subcommittee has been feverishly working on local events and we congratulate them on their relaunch at the Lovett Gallery in the Newcastle Region Library, ‘Trailblazing Women, Art & The Law’ on 19th March, which received fabulous support and feedback. We look forward to viewing the photos and receiving details of their next events. 

Women Lawyers Network Blog (new): The Women Lawyers Network Blog is posted weekly on our Linkedin Groupand brings you news, ideas and resources that can be read in one billable unit. Jump in and follow the blog here: http://womenlawyersnetwork.wordpress.com

 Transforming Law”

‘Celebrating Women in the Judiciary’:I had great pleasure in welcoming The Hon Justice Ruth McColl AO as guest speaker at our signature biennial event ‘Celebrating Women in the Judiciary’ on 27th February in a glittering evening attended by judges, magistrates, and senior council among the distinguished guests at the Union University & Schools Club of Sydney. Our Press Release received considerable exposure as did Justice McColl’s speech

Pictured below L-R: our Patron, the Hon. Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO, with attending appointees, the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, the Hon. Justice Julie Ward, Judge Sarah Huggett,  Judge Sharon Norton, the Hon Justice Melissa Perry, Magistrate Carolyn Huntsman, the Hon. Justice Kathleen Farrell,  Magistrate Karen Robinson, Magistrate Katherine Thompson, and myself. Please click here to view the photo gallery from the event.

Workplace Gender Equality Act (proposed changes to reporting): We were pleased the Government chose to spare reporting standards under the Workplace Gender Equality Act in this latest round of red-tape appeal. Thank you to our Workplace Practices Subcommittee who co-ordinated and finalised our Press Release and follow up letters to Government senators and the Prime Minister. We will continue to monitor the issue to ensure the Government sees gender reporting as a business essential, and not red-tape, and keep it off the repeal list.

National Attrition and Re-engagement Study: Continuing gender discussions, The Law Council report into the National Attrition and Re-engagement Study has been released and may be viewed on their website by clicking hereThe  key findings in Executive Summary on pages 5-7 and the recommendations on page 8 make for interesting reading and discussion. 

This year will see a number of new initiatives and pilot programs to add value for our members and make a real difference on your experience as a woman in law. We encourage those with memberships due to expire to renew and encourage friends and colleagues to join the Association. Details about how to join are available on our website or through this link.

Kind regards,

Natasha Walls

2nd April 2014


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Natasha Walls, President WLANSW

The Brain, Blues and Burnout- The Biology of Depression 

Monday, 14 April 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Norton Rose Fulbright, 225 George St, Level 18, Grosvenor Place, Sydney

Welcome to the Women Lawyers Network, a thriving community of practical resources, mentoring, coaching, networking opportunities and transformative ideas. In April, the WLN hosts its second “Workshops over Wine” event with Dr Kathryn Lovric, Psychiatrist.

Join Dr Lovric as she examines the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in lawyers, the causes of depression, identification and management of depression.

The Twilight Series is proudly sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright Australia who have arranged a beautiful venue, wine, cheese platters and nibbles to set the ideal atmosphere.

Tickets are free to our valued members and just $20 for their guests, but hurry – tickets are limited. Click here for further details and registration.

‘Ignite Your Spirit for Lawyers’

‘Consciousness Coaching’ Seminar Series
Mind and Energy Techniques & Power Tools to De-Stress & Rebalance Your Life

Seminar Details:
WHAT: 4 x 2 hour classes
WHEN: 16, 23, 30 April & 7 May 2014
WHERE: Law Society, 170 Phillip St, Sydney
TIME: 6.30pm-8.30pm
COST: $540

• Feeling stressed?
• Constantly exhausted?
• Feeling overwhelmed?
• Not enough time/too much work?
• No work/life balance?
• Sleepless nights?
• Billable hours running your life?
• Tired of constant competition and lack of
• Always worried about having to be
perfect/giving perfect advice?

Life as a lawyer need not be like this! Click here for further details and registration.


LUCY MENTORING PROGRAM for Female Law Students at University of Wollongong – Request for Mentors
(Please note that some students come from Sydney and others are happy to travel to Sydney)

Through the LUCY program we aim to connect female university students with a ‘mentor’ who is working in the corporate, public, private and not for profit sectors,  with the following objectives:  

  • Communicate the diversity of opportunities available for women in the private and public sector and the personal advantages of achieving job satisfaction;
  • Provide an opportunity to work with senior business and professional managers;
  • Provide access to a network of senior women in the private and public sector, particularly for those women from disadvantaged backgrounds; and
  • Provide a program which will encourage active decision making about careers.

The success of this program relies on the involvement and support of successful and inspiring women working in senior positions in industry. The program will run between 12th June and 18th September this year. Further information on the program and the responsibilities of mentors are fully detailed on the website – http://www.uow.edu.au/careers/wlp/LUCY/index.html Please click here to download the information flyer.

Women’s Lawyers Association of NSW members quote CC*WLANSW when registering to SAVE $100 off the current price!

Don’t miss your chance to hear from Australia’s top gender and human resources representatives! Time and time again we hear people speak of the need for transformative change across tertiary education – but they rarely offer any answers on how to achieve this.  Tackling the big issues one-by-one, you will hear from institutions that have successfully initiated change and embedded new practices. Use the lessons they have learnt to shortcut challenges you are currently facing and walk away with a plan for institution-wide change. 

Learn from other institutions that have:

  • Implemented recruitment strategies to increase gender diversity at all levels of their organisation 
  • Developed strategies for the retentions of women in the workplace
  • Set gender diversity targets & measurable KPIs
  • Improved organisational capacity through diversity

Hear key contributions from

  • Helen Conway, Director, Workplace and Gender Equality Agency
  • Assistant Commissioner Leanne Close APM, National Manager Aviation, Australian Federation Police
  • Rolf Moses, Director of People & Development, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Jane Counsel, Head of Diversity & Flexibility, Group People Capability, Westpac                       
  • + many more!

Register by 4th April 2014 and save $300 off the registration fee! Don’t forget you must quote CC*WLANSW when registering to receive your $100 discount. Limited time only! For more information or to register contact Criterion Conferences on +61 2 9239 5700, visit www.workplacegenderdiversity.com or email registration@criterionconferences.com

Discounted tickets to attend Australia’s peak women’s leadership event 
Sydney: Shangri-La Hotel, 4th & 5th June 2014

The Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium is Australia’s most highly attende,d women’s leadership event, annually attracting hundreds of female leaders from all industries and sectors. 

The 2014 Symposium will mark the 10th year of Women & Leadership Australia. Accordingly, this year’s Symposium will be the biggest and most prestigious yet. In recognition of this unique milestone, the Hon. Julia Gillard will present a special keynote address to attendees at the Symposium along with a raft of other high profile speakers. 

Women Lawyers Association of NSW Inc members will be able to access heavily discounted seats at this year’s Symposium through a special member rate. For further information please visit:  http://www.wla.edu.au/events/14/symposium/industry/symposium-syd-lawyers-association.pdf

Win In-Season Double Movie Passes compliments of Transmission Films
Email executive@womenlawyersnsw.org.au with the subject heading either ‘CHINESE PUZZLE’ Only winners will be contacted.

Thanks to Transmission Films we are giving you the chance to WIN a double pass to see the new French comedy CHINESE PUZZLE – in cinemas nationally APRIL 17.

A comedy on friendship and love, CHINESE PUZZLE is the new charming French comedy set in the Big Apple – starring Romain Duris (Heartbreaker, Paris) and Audrey Tautou (Amélie, The Da Vinci Code), and from the director of PARIS and THE SPANISH APARTMENT.

CHINESE PUZZLE centres on Xavier, a father of two who still finds life very complicated. When the mother of his children moves to New York, he can’t bear them growing up far away from him and in turn follows them to the Big Apple. View the trailer here:



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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