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Dear Members and Friends,

On behalf of the Association – Happy New Year! We hope you are settling into the year ahead and wish you great happiness, health and prosperity in 2014. 

To launch our 2014 year, we have great pleasure in welcoming The Hon Justice Ruth McColl AO as guest speaker at our signature biennial event ‘Celebrating Women in the Judiciary’ on 6pm Thursday 27th February at UUSC. For more information about this event, please see the details below.

Late last year, we asked you ‘What Change do you want to see in profession?  and received a surprising response. Over a quarter of respondents asked us to champion a more flexible legal profession, where work/life balance can be achieved, followed closely by a legal profession where talented women have what they need to progress unimpeded into leadership positions. These results have told us that we need to look at these issues with a fresh perspective and design initiatives to drive meaningful change. We thank you for sharing your views on how we can make the legal profession a better place for women and becoming part of the solution. Please click here to read our Media Release with full details, which was also reported by Lawyers Weekly and The Australian

We have listened carefully to your responses, stories and ideas. The Association has been busy planning an exciting new year with a focus on making a meaningful impact on your experience as a woman in the law. We are excited to now set in motion a series of new initiatives arising from your ideas and feedback.  

In a matter of weeks we will be launching the Women Lawyers Network. A community built to empower and inspire women to create the career they want. Our dream is to build the Women Lawyers Network into a thriving community of practical resources, mentoring, coaching and network building opportunities to empower and inspire you to create the career you want. As a valued member of the Association, you can expect to receive invitations to a series of new innovative events held in both mornings and evenings, where you will be inspired and excited to be a woman lawyer and learn the practical skills essential to success in the legal profession. More information about the new event series, including our Breakfast Series hosted quarterly by McCullough Robertson “Inspiration before Breakfast” and our Twilight series hosted by Norton Rose Fullbright Australia “Workshops over Wine” will be provided in a matter of weeks with our first event secured for 5 March 2014.

In March 2014, we will be launching the new Women Lawyers Network Blog, with guest posts from women who are industry speakers and thought leaders in fields including building your brand, networking, speaking with influence, preparing for maternity leave, professional styling and financial management. We will also continue our focus on thought leadership and seek out opportunities to lead conversation about how flexibility can be achieved in the legal profession.

We ask your continued support of our flagship annual events including “Law as a Career-Coming to the Bar” free public event during Law Week 12-18 May 2014, our biannual The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers hosted by WBF & WLANSW, Friday 16th May & Friday 12th September, and our annual Golden Girls “High Tea” Luncheon Friday 14th November at The Law Society of NSW. Another date to note is Australian Women Lawyers National Conference to be held in Adelaide Friday 3rd October 2014. Further details will be advised when confirmed. Please visit our Event Schedule for further details as they are confirmed and events are open for registration.

Thank you to our Workplace Practices Subcommittee who co-ordinated and finalised our Submission to the ‘Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review’ by the Australian Human Rights Commission. We also continue to monitor the amendments to the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) proposed in the form of the controversial Zoe’s Law. Please click here to view the Press Release  that was distributed 16th October 2013 in this regard.

International Women’s Day 8 March 2014 theme is ‘Inspiring Change’ and encourages advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change. For further information and details of events nationally and globally, please visit  http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

It is an exciting year ahead for our members and we look forward to continuing to add to the value of your membership. 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.

I look forward to meeting you at event soon. 


Kind regards,

Natasha Walls

6th February 2014


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Natasha Walls, President WLANSW

‘Celebrating Women in the Judiciary’

Guest Speaker: The Hon. Justice Ruth McColl AO
6-8pm Thursday 27th February 2014

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

It is with great pleasure that we acknowledge the achievements of women in law and the following appointments to the bench since our last event in July 2012. 

The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of the Court of Appeal
The Hon Justice Helen Murrell, Chief Justice ACT Supreme Court
The Hon Justice Julie Ward, Court of Appeal
The Hon Justice Kathleen Farrell, Federal Court of Australia
The Hon Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia
Judge Alexandra Harland, Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Judge Sharron Norton, District Court of NSW
Judge Sarah Huggett, District Court of NSW
Magistrate Carolyn Huntsman
Magistrate Karen Robinson
Magistrate Katherine Thompson

Please join us and distinguished guests in celebrating the achievements of these women in the judiciary. Please click here for the registration form and further details.

“The Future of Mediation in Australia” 11 February 2014

The well respected panel is comprised of Angela Bowne SC of Blackstone Lawyers, Tony Dempsey, former Rugby League player and ADR specialist as well as Stephen Lancken who left the traditional legal profession in 1999 to follow his passion for ADR.The topic of the discussion is “The Future of Mediation in Australia”.  Doors will open at 10:30am, with the panel discussion to commence at 11am and go until 12pm.  The panel will be run in similar style to the ABC Program “Q and A”, where the discussion is driven by the Mediator who will also take pertinent questions from the audience.  Morning Tea and hot Barista Coffee will be on offer!  This promises to be a fresh, engaging and topical morning! And attendees can claim one MCLE unit. 

To RSVP for the event please send an email to info@mediationcentral.com.au Bookings are still open, however spaces are limited.

Australian Government – Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarships for 2014

Two Australian Government – Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarships are again being offered by Rio Tinto, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and the University of Dundee to lawyers who are currently working or interested in working in the NTRB system.  The timing of the scholarships will correspond to the European academic year, commencing in September 2014.The two scholarships cover all the expenses involved in undertaking a one year Masters in Mining Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland (approximately A$50,000) and are open to any Australian resident with a law degree.  There is once again no age restriction.  The successful candidates will commit to work within the NTRB system for a minimum period of two years on completion of their studies.  

On-line applications will be open from Monday 17th February through to Friday 14th March, 2014. Further information, as well as the on-line application form, can be found at: http://www.auroraproject.com.au/AGRTscholarships

International Women’s Day 2014 

Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for our internationalwomensday.com global hub and encourages advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.

The vast array of communication channels, supportive spokespeople, equality research, campaigns and corporate responsibility initiatives means everyone can be an advocate inspiring change for women’s advancement.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

Please visit the website for further information and events around Australia and the world. 








Please click here for details and to register for the Sydney UN Women’s Breakfast event at the Exhibition Hall, Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh.



It’s hard to think of someone who wouldn’t benefit from attending Happiness & Its Causes. Everyone wants to be happy! The conference is aimed at those with a professional or personal interest in understanding and developing our potential to be happy. Delegates attending as individuals, as professionals or as part of a company or organisational team will be equally at home.

Members and supporters are extended an invitation to save 20% on fees. Special Mental Health Association of NSW Discount: Book before 28 March using code DPCL and save up to $500! Only 300 seats left. Please click here for further information and registration.

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

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR was the sensation at this year’s
Cannes Film Festival where it was awarded the coveted top award, the Palme d’Or. Steven Spielberg, the Cannes Jury President, called the film “magnificent”, and the accolades continue as the film has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, for Best Foreign Language Film. Adèle Exarchopoulos is a young woman whose longings, ecstasies and losses are charted across a span of several years. Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) is the older woman who excites her desire and becomes the love of her life. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR is an epic of emotional transformation that pulses with gestures, embraces, furtive exchanges, and arias of joy and devastation. It is a profoundly moving hymn to both love and life. In cinemas February 13. View the trailer here:

LE WEEK-END sees Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg Burrows (Lindsay Duncan) return to Paris, the city of their honeymoon, to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Designed as a weekend to rediscover some romance in their long-lived marriage, we follow our couple as long-established tensions in their marriage break out in humorous and often painful ways.LE WEEK-END marks the third feature collaboration between director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and writer Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, Venus). In cinemas February 20. Take a look at the trailer here: http://tinyurl.com/kx8fzbc

Win RED 2 and BLUE JASMINE DVDs compliments of Entertainment One Hopscotch
Email executive@womenlawyersnsw.org.au with the subject heading ‘RED’ or ‘JASMINE’.  Only winners will be contacted.

Entertainment One Hopscotch has released two big titles on DVD: 

Red 2  topped Australian box office, featuring a star-studded cast with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and is the must-have action film to take home and kick off 2014. Watch the trailer here.


Blue Jasmine is Woody Allen’s latest film, featuring a wonderful ensemble cast, that tell the story of the final stages of an acute crisis and the life of a fashionable New York housewife. Starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Bladwin. Watch the trailer here.



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