Women Bar Readers Annual Lunch
Women Bar Readers Annual Lunch

WLANSW continues to develop initiatives in programs and events as noted below. Please refer to our Events section for updated details.

Our Biennial Awards will culminate with an annual Awards & Fundraising Dinner commencing 2007 and provide an opportunity and structure to recognise the achievements of women in law and a vehicle to fund our “Advancing Women in Law Programs”:

  • Annual free seminars “Law as a Career – Coming to the Bar” usually held during Law Week
  • Bi-annual “Janet Coombs Lunch for Female Bar Readers” welcome & networking lunches and WLANSW Female Bar Reader’s Room at Frederick Jordan Chambers. Women Lawyers had for over 30 years leased a room in Frederick Jordan Chambers for the purpose of providing reading accommodation for female barristers. At the time of its inception, female barristers were experiencing discrimination in their search for professional accommodation. That difficulty having been dramatically reduced, a ‘wake’ was held on 17 August 2007 on termination of the lease and to celebrate its irrelevance.
  • Veronica Pike Award. This prize was established in 1988 by WLANSW in recognition of the career of Veronica Pike, a pioneering woman lawyer and founding member of our Association (admitted in 1940). The prize is awarded annually. Female  students enrolled in the subject 70717 Evidence & Criminal Procedure or 70109 Evidence are eligible for this award.  The prize has a cash value of $250 and is usually presented at the UTS awards night by our President or Committee Member. Please click here for the UTS website. 
  • The Support and assistance with various Law Student Mentoring Programs.
  • A range of seminars and events including distinguished members of the judiciary, expert practitioners, speakers and trainers providing a variety of networking and development opportunities to enhance your personal and professional advancement.
  • Involvement of students, barristers, solicitors and practitioners in Committees and subcommittees of the WLANSW, enabling active participation in matters affecting the position of women in the practice of law.