Her Say! News, Views & Events – June 2014


Dear Members and Friends,

As we near the start of a new financial year, I would like to take the opportunity to thank our members and sponsors for your support. The last financial year has seen a lot of change in the Women Lawyers Association. We launched the Women Lawyers Network with two sell out event series and a blog inspiring and empowering you to create the career you want. Thanks to your support, our new initiatives have picked up momentum and in the next financial year we have a jam-packed schedule of complimentary events designed just for you (all with special rates for any friends, colleagues or clients you might like to invite). There has never been a better time to join or renew our membership to WLANSW.

Join Today (Memberships Open for 2014/2015): Please download the application form through this link and return it to us. Please Note: Unless you have already renewed your membership, it will expire on 30 June 2014.

May saw most events booked to capacity. Our ‘Law as a Career: Firms, In-House and the Bar’ during Law Week, booked out in a matter of hours with 150 attendees, and with over 100 left disappointed we will consider running it again later in the year. The Newcastle Chapter hosted a very well attended panel session ‘To Bar, or Not to Bar’ filled with tales of the trials and tribulations of being called to the bar, with panellists sharing a diverse range of perspectives, and some entertaining anecdotes; photos from the event may be viewed by clicking here. ‘The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers’  biannual event welcomed twenty two female readers in the Bar Practice Course on 16th May, which we are pleased to note represented 38.6%. Photos from the event may be viewed by clicking here. Our June events are details below, and we look forward to seeing you there. Please note that the Australian Women Lawyers Conference being hosted in Adelaide 3-5 October 2014 is now open for registrations – details as noted below.

For our valued members renewing their membership and those joining us for the first time, here is a little taste of what we have planned for the next few weeks:

19 June 2014: Workshops Over Wine Series – The Passionate Professional: ‘Immediate Action to Generate Revenue and Cash’

26 June 2014: Women Lawyers Network Seminar – A lawyers guide to securing the flexible work arrangements you need to support family or caring needs (Lunch-time)

27 June 2014: Women Lawyers Network Seminar – A lawyers guide to securing the flexible work arrangements you need to support family or caring needs (Evening)

30 July 2014: Inspiration Before Breakfast Series – The Honourable Bronwyn Bishop MP

Kind regards,

Natasha Walls



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Natasha Walls, President WLANSW

‘Immediate Action to Generate Revenue and Cash’with Alistair Marshall, business development expert, author & speaker 

5.30pm for 6pm start – 7pm Thursday 19th June 2014
Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney

Alistair Marshall has worked with leading law firms, accountancy practices, banks and household name corporates for more than 20 years, helping them to attract new clients and win more new business.

His specialty is implementing simple, achievable, and cost-effective business solutions to small practices through to large regional and national firms.  His track record demonstrates consistent results in achieving double digit growth in new client instructions.

Attendees will learn best practice for attracting new clients and winning more new business and the Ten ‘Must Have’ Business Development systems utilised by the most successful firms in the industry.   

Please click here for further details and registration.
Members $25pp  Non-Members $35pp. Tickets limited so book early!


The Newcastle University Law School is currently conducting a survey of practising lawyers and other professionals to assist it to identify opportunities to enhance its current legal courses and improve the educational experience and employment outcomes of its students. As a successful and experienced practitioner, your views and ideas would be particularly valuable to the University. If you have ten minutes to spare, you can support this initiative by completing a short survey accessible here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DJW9SKV until 18th June 2014.

A lawyers’ guide to flexible work arrangements and parental leave entitlements. What you need to know to get support for family or caring needs at work.

Join us for a lunch time or an afternoon CDP, proudly hosted and sponsored by M+K Lawyersto hear about making a request for flexible working arrangements and parental leave and related entitlements which form part of the National Employment Standards (NES). The NES applies to solicitor employees, regardless of the contract of employment or company policies.

Our speakers are both specialists in employment and discrimination law:  
Larissa Andelman.  Larissa commenced at the NSW Bar in 2012, previously she was a litigator at the Fair Work Ombudsman and practiced at the Victorian Bar. 
Anna Perigo.   Anna commenced at the NSW Bar in 2009. Anna’s practice encompasses industrial, employment and discrimination law.

When: Thursday 26 June 2014 5.00 to 6.00pm; or Friday 27 June 2014 1.00 to 2.00pm

Where: M+K Lawyers, Level 21, 20 Bond Street Sydney

Cost: FREE – bookings essential; limited places so please book early.

RSVP:Rebekah.Hayne@mk.com.au by 20th June 2014 Ph: 8298 9545


AWL 2014 brings together female practitioners, leaders and senior professionals from across the Australian legal sector to form new relationships, discuss ideas and learn from industry leaders. A signature event on the calendar of the Australian legal profession – the Conference will see managing partners, senior counsel, barristers, academics, in house counsel, public sector practitioners and female judicial officers in one place at one time. AWL 2014 will be held in Adelaide, SA from 3 – 5 October and is a fitting location; given South Australia was the first State to give women the right to vote, the first State to enable women to stand for parliament and the first State to appoint a female Justice to the Supreme Court. 

Please click here to register, and save $105 with Early Bird registration before 31st July.

Support PIAC’s Winter Appeal

Last year there were over 11,000 homeless women in NSW, and, of all the people seeking specialist homelessness services, 55% of women with children and 22% of all cases are escaping domestic violence*. PIAC’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Service provides free legal advice and representation to homeless people – by making a tax-deductible gift to PIAC’s Winter Appeal 2014 you will help us to help others. 
*Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)



The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW’s annual Justice Awards recognise the contributions that individuals and organisations have made to improving access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. 

How to nominate:  Visit www.lawfoundation.net.au to read the selection criteria and download forms. Completed nominations must be submitted before the closing date either online or by email, mail or fax. The closing date for nominations is 5pm, Monday 30 June 2014 

The Women in Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN) changes the lives of some our community’s most vulnerable women. WIPAN is a small organisation (an NGO charity) that makes a big impact, with long term social benefits. WIPAN is unique in NSW, one of our programs trains and supports volunteers, women from all walks of life, to be matched to, and then mentor a woman who has just come out of prison. 

In NSW, 42%  of women released from prison end up back in prison within 2 years – however, 80% of women mentored or supported by WIPAN have stayed out of prison. Yes that could be due to a whole range of contributing factors, although WIPAN certainly has been a huge contributing factor. The women mentored by WIPAN say so themselves.

A grant that would have allowed WIPAN to deliver services and programs to 150 women was taken away by the current Federal Government.  Now we’re asking you to help. If you’d like to get involved or make a donation, email WIPAN at info@wipan.net.au or call 02 8011 0699 or go to the website at http://www.wipan.net.au


Learn, network, be engaged and motivated at Mind & Its Potential 2014. Explore the latest science of neuroplasticity and discover how individuals, organisations and companies can do extraordinary things to improve wellbeing and productivity. Book before 27 June for a 20% discount register online using code MHANSW at http://www.mindanditspotential.com.au 

Win a DVD pack of the popular ABC crime thriller ‘Janet King’ 
compliments of ABC Video Entertainment

Email executive@womenlawyersnsw.org.au with the subject heading ‘JANET KING’. Only winners will be contacted.

As seen as ABC1, Marta Dusseldorp (Jack Irish, Crownies) returns as Senior Crown Prosecutor in the new compelling legal thriller JANET KING, now available on DVD.

Over eight powerful episodes, Janet King is back from a year’s maternity leave determined to prove she still has her edge, but finds a very different Department of Public Prosecutions.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN3czgvNmhE




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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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