Dear Members and Colleagues
The winners were announced at the Gala Presentation Dinner held on Friday 25th October at Dockside Cockle Bay Wharf.
The NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of women in the law in NSW. This year the Judging Panel also awarded a 'Highly Commended' Award, and the winners are:
WOMAN LAWYER OF THE YEAR IN PRIVATE PRACTICE - Susan Warda
“IN-HOUSE” WOMAN LAWYER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Clifford Chance - Carolyn Hoy
WOMAN LAWYER OF THE YEAR IN A COMMUNITY OR ACADEMIC ORGANISATION - Andrea Christie-David
WOMAN LAWYER ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR - The Hon Justice Melissa Perry
“UP AND COMING” WOMAN LAWYER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers - Natasha Walls
"HIGHLY COMMENDED" JUDGE'S AWARD - Fay Calderone
Please click here for the Award Dinner Program noting further details of the nominees and winners, Lifetime Achievement recipient, The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, our Guest Speaker, Prof Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and our Sponsors and Supporters of our Awards.
Life Membership honours were announced:
The Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO
The Hon Jennifer Boland AM
Prof Rosalind Croucher
Judge Robyn Tupman
Photos from the Awards Presentation Dinner are available from our photographers, Happy Medium Photo Company, which you may view on their website by clicking here.
We congratulate all of our nominees, winners and Life Membership recipients.
We thank the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Department of Attorney General & Justice (NSW), the Australian Corporate Lawyer’s Association, and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency for their support and endorsement of our Awards and our Judging Panel reprentatives.
Thank you to our Award Sponsors Clifford Chance as the proud sponsor of the "In-House Woman Lawyer of the Year" Award, and PricewaterhouseCoopers as the proud sponsor of the "Up and Coming Woman Lawyer of the Year Award", and our Award Prize Sponsors and Door Prize Sponsors as noted below and in the Award Dinner Program.
Our Golden Girls Annual 'High Tea' Luncheon will be held at the Law Society Friday 15th November.
Our AGM followed by Christmas Cocktails will be held at the Union University & Schools Club on Tuesday 19th November. If you have not received your Notice of AGM with relevant documents, please contact our office. Please note that our Christmas Cocktail event is open to everyone, and we hope that you will join us and distinguished guests.
Members of the Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales (WLANSW) noted concern that the New South Wales Legislative Assembly was due to consider amendments to the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) proposed in the form of Zoe’s Law. At a Special General Meeting held on 15 October 2013, to consider this proposed Bill, an overwhelming majority of members voted to oppose its passage into law. Please click here to view the Press Release that was distributed in this regard.
We were delighted by the announcement of seven new women Senior Counsel and congratulate the NSW Bar Association on continuing to recognise the excellence of women barristers. For the second year running, women have comprised more than a quarter of Senior Counsel appointments. We are pleased to extend our congratulations to Julia Baly, Sally Dowling, Michelle Painter, Helen Wilson, Penelope Wass, Rashelle Seiden, and Margaret Allars. Please join us in honouring the new appointees at a cocktail event to be held jointly with the Women Barristers Forum, Thursday 21st November at Verandah. Please click here for the details and registration.
I look forward to seeing you at our AGM and other events leading up to the holidays.