Since 1952 when we were formally established, the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW has always worked hard to remain relevant to its diverse membership. The establishment of the Achievement Awards has been an integral part of this work, and are announced at the biennial .NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards since 2007. The 2011 Awards Presentation Dinner introduced a new addition to the program, which we hope will be a continued feature in coming years.

Life membership is membership conferred by the Executive Committee of the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW on long standing members of the association.

The Committee introduced a system in 2011 for life memberships to be granted on an ongoing basis.

Life Members

The Hon. Cecily Backhouse QC
Mahrukh Batliwalla
The Hon. Margaret Beazley AC QC
The Hon. Virginia Bell AC
Judith Benson
Judy Beswick
The Hon. Jenny Blackman AO
Audrey Blunden
The Hon. Jennifer Boland AM
Margaret Brewster
Louise Byrne
The Hon. Judith Cohen AO
Janet Coombs AM
Margaret (Peggy) Crawley
Emeritus Prof Rosalind Croucher AM
Judy Dean (née Holmes)
Kate Eastman AM SC
The Hon. Elizabeth Evatt AC
The Hon. Mary Gaudron QC
Phillipa Gormly
Jean Hill
Bek Jelbart
The Hon. Justice Anna Katzmann
Ann Kirby (née Plotke)
Daphne Kok
Helen Larcombe
Kerrie Leotta
Kaye Loder AM
Katie Malyon
The Hon.  Jane Mathews AO
The Hon. Ruth McColl AO SC
Jean Mullin OBE (née Steinberg)
Anne Needham (née Cunningham)
Jane Needham SC
The Hon Mahla Pearlman AO
Julia O’Brien
Joan O’Brien (O’Hara, née Moras)
Chris Ronalds AO SC
Zena Sachs
Joan Spruit
The Hon Margaret Renaud
Ann Thomson
Her Honor Judge Robyn Tupman
Elizabeth Willis

Life Achievement Awards

2021
Kate Eastman AM SC

2019 
Emeritus Professor Rosaland Croucher AM

2017 
The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC

2015 
The Honourable  Ruth McColl AO

2013 
The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AC QC

2011 
The Honourable Elizabeth Evatt AC

2009 
The Honourable  Virginia Bell AC

2007 
The Honourable Jane Mathews AO

2002 
The Honourable Mary Gaudron QC