Women Lawyers Launch Theme of “Engagement” for 2015

A roundtable discussion of the new Women Lawyer’s Association of NSW (WLANSW) Executive Committee has identified the theme of “Engagement” for the activities, initiatives and events of WLANSW for this year.

The adoption of this theme for 2015 will see:

– WLANSW engaging in debate and discussion on issues affecting women lawyers and women in the law via media including social media.

– WLANSW engaging with lawyers across various sectors of the legal profession, including regional areas, large commercial firms, corporations, banks, businesses, and from law students to senior lawyers.

– WLANSW members, partners, and friends engaged at WLANSW functions and events in networking and informal mentoring.

– Engagement between an energetic WLANSW Executive Committee and WLANSW members through WLANSW functions, events and initiatives.

– Engagement of WLANSW with its partners and sponsors in a fashion that furthers the objects of association and in the interest of WLANSW members and women lawyers.

– Engagement of WLANSW with our male colleagues on issues impacting on workplace culture, flexibility in the workplace, part-time work, parental leave, and remuneration.

– Engagement of WLANSW and the WLANSW Executive Committee with an awareness of current market trends, including trends within the legal profession for solicitors and young lawyers.

“2015 is set to be a year of exciting opportunities for women lawyers. In an age where 49% of solicitors are women, it is disturbing to see far too many women continuing to struggle with finding productive opportunities following parental leave, and far too many women prevented from contributing as extensively as men and rising to their best potential,” said WLANSW President, Lee-May Saw.

“For WLANSW, 2015 will see the presentation of our biennial Women Lawyers Achievement Awards, including the announcement of a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. It will also see the final Semester phase of our major project the Career Intentions Survey and the release of the analysis of results and report of findings,” said Ms Saw.

WLANSW will be holding a cocktail event on Wednesday 25 February at 6:00pm with Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, as guest speaker. This event will launch WLANSW’s 2015 theme of “Engagement”. WLANSW subcommittees for the year will be announced to members and guests on this occasion. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to The Katrina Dawson Foundation.

For further information and enquiries, please contact Kathryn McKenzie, Executive Officer, at executive@womenlawyersnsw.org.au or on 0466 157 087.

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