Her Say! News, Views & Events – December 14


Dear Members and Friends,

It is a special privilege to have been elected as President following our AGM on 20 November 2014. I would like to thank the Immediate Past President, Natasha Walls and outgoing Executive Committee members Susan Price, Megan Dyball, Catherine Henry and Suzie Leask for their valued contributions to WLANSW in 2014. A very warm congratulations to the newly elected Executive Committee for 2014-2015.

Our Christmas Drinks following the AGM was a wonderful celebration of the achievements for the year. Honoured guests included the Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of the Court of Appeal ; the Honourable Justice Brian Preston, Chief Judge of the Land & Environment Court; and our Patron, the Honourable Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO of the Supreme Court of NSW. Please click here to view the photos from the event, here to view Natasha’s President’s Report from the AGM, and here for our Financial Report. Our Newcastle Chapter celebrated with colleagues at one of Newcastle’s latest venues, Cirque, on the 3rd December. Please click here to view the photos from the event.

We were pleased and excited to announce that the Law Society of New South Wales are now Platinum project sponsors of the WLANSW Career Intentions Survey at the AGM and Christmas Drinks. This sponsorship is in addition to the Law Society’s Principal general sponsorship of WLANSW. Many thanks to the Law Society of NSW for their ongoing support, to TressCox Lawyers for their ongoing support as host for our committee meetings,  and to the other sponsors of our Career Intentions Survey project: the NSW Bar Association as Platinum Sponsor; Herbert Smith Freehills as Major Sponsor and the College of Law as a Sponsor.

November is a busy month for many and it has been a pleasure to see many of our friends and colleagues at our Brand You! Headshots! event on 6 November, cocktail event on 13 November to celebrate the female silks appointed this year (hosted in association with the Women Barristers Forum – please click here to view the photo gallery), and Inspiration Before Breakfast event on 19 November with John Canning, Partner at King & Wood Mallesons as speaker. 2015 is set to be a big year with our biennial Achievement Awards as the major event for the year, and the close of the current phase of our major project, the Career Intentions Survey, with results and reporting to be announced at the end of 2015 to early 2016.

The Executive Committee will be meeting in the New Year for a Strategic Planning meeting where we will be focusing on how we can continue to bring value to our members and friends as the voice of women in the NSW legal profession. The Executive Committee thanks you for your support during 2014 and wishes you a safe and happy festive season. Our office will be closed from 22nd December and will reopen 12th January.

Kind regards,

Lee-May Saw



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The Employer of Choice for Gender Equality list was released mid November. Click here for details.

The Charlie Perkins Scholarships are now accepting applications for 2015.

Each year, the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust offers two scholarships for Indigenous postgraduate students to study for up to three years at either Cambridge or Oxford universities.

Please visit the Perkins Trust website for more details.  If you then require further information, please feel free to contact Casey Brown, the Trust’s Scholarships Coordinator, on casey.brown@auroraproject.com.au Please note that applications will close at 5pm AEST on Monday 15th December 2014.  

Nominations for the 2015 NSW Women of the Year Awards are now open. 

There are so many exceptional women in NSW who deserve to be acknowledged, by nominating someone and promoting the awards you are helping to recognise them. Nominations close on Thursday, 18 December 2014. To read more about each award and to make a nomination visit Women of the Year Awards.  

For the first time in 2015, we are introducing a new category – the REX Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award, in addition to the  Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year, A. H. Beard’s Community Hero Award, Harvey Norman’s Young Woman of the Year Award.


SURVEY: Personal evaluations of discrimination direct towards female lawyers.

My name is Alexandra Luce and I attend Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches. I am a high school student who is in the process of performing independent research directly focusing on women lawyers. I have completed my literature review on gender bias in the profession of law. My introduction is complete but I now am interested in contacting female lawyers to be able to start my methodology. I am interested in discovering the opinions of many of the females and learning about the experiences they have gone through. I am an aspiring lawyer and hope to pursue a law career in the future. I would appreciate it if you could complete this survey. Attached is my IRB. The information is going to hopefully help me present my paper at a conference or assist in the publishing of my paper. Thank you for your consideration and assistance. The survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TSCT5LM

The National Gender Equality Assembly
Promoting a new generation of female leaders 
30th January 2015, Rydges World Square, Sydney, Australia
$995 plus gst if you register before 17 Dec 2014

This one day networking assembly brings together diversity, HR practitioners and industry experts to provide a platform to exchange learning, innovation and achievements of women’s initiatives from the Australian public and private sectors. Through practical case studies participants share their progress with gender representation and participation.
Please click here for further details and registration.

The National Council of Women of New South Wales Inc.
Australia Day Celebration, 12.30pm Thursday 22nd, January 2015
Strangers’ Dining Room, Parliament House, SydneyThe President and Executive request the pleasure of your company at a Luncheon to “Celebrate Being An Australian”. During the Luncheon, the NCW Australia Day Awards will be presented to a number of tertiary students to assist them in gaining higher qualifications.

GUEST SPEAKER: NANCY SERG OAM Maltese Community Leader in NSW
COST:$90pp RSVP: 8 January 2015. Please click here for the flyer.


13-14 March 2015, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

One in four Australians are born overseas. 

Anticipate the future directions of Australian Courts and become a leader in the management of cultural diversity. Over two days expert speakers from around the nation will share the strategies they have used to ensure access to justice for people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Be part of a conversation with Australia’s key judicial leadership on the changing role of our courts. 

Hear from expert panels on: 

·         Best practice for judicial officers in a multicultural courtroom 
·         Strategies for tribunals in dealing with culturally diverse cases 
·         What every practitioner should do to ensure justice for culturally diverse clients 
·         International perspectives on access to justice 
·         Enhancing public trust and community engagement 
·         Justice, Terrorism and Security An evolving and contemporary dimension of justice and relevant to all judicial officers, tribunal members, administrators and legal practitioners. Click here for further information and registration.


 Hurry! Secure your tickets now: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/events/17938

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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