Dear Members & Colleagues

I am delighted to introduce our new Gold Sponsor, Australian Executor Trustees (AET) who provide a comprehensive range of investment management, estate planning and administration, superannuation, accountancy and trustee services as noted below. You will be hearing more from AET and the range of services they have to assist you.

The Committee have been working on a range of issues, programs and events that we are pleased to host. We look forward to seeing our members at our annual ‘Law as a Career-Coming to the Bar’ 15th May at Martin Place Chambers with the Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO of the Supreme Court of NSW, Sandra Duggan SC, and Suanne Russell, Counsel, Business and Commercial Lending, Westpac. We are also co-hosting the biennial ‘Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers’ on 18 May with the Women Barristers Forum. On 9 May 2012 the Law Society has kindly offered to host a special book launch event with Women’s Legal Services and visiting Timorese authors. We also encourage members to attend and support the Macquarie University’s annual Women, Management & Work Conference 12-13 July 2012. Please see below for further details and further events and services that may be of interest.

A reminder to 'Save the date' for our biennial signature event “Celebrating Women in the Judiciary” to be held at the University, Union and Schools Club 18th July, and to book early for the Australian Women Lawyers 4th National Conference to be held in Canberra 10-12 August 2012 whilst places are still available.

Please click here to download the April issue of Themis, the official newsletter of Australian Women Lawyers with news from our colleagues around the nation.

Please refer to our event schedule for details on our events which will be updated as details are confirmed.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our events.

Kind regards,

Rebecca Barry

01 May 2012


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Women Lawyers Association of NSW and Women’s Legal Services NSW present

“Secrecy: The Key to Independence” the story of East Timorese Women’s experiences

Wednesday 9th May 2012, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
The Law Society of NSW, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney

Laura Soares Abrantes and Beba Sequeira are co-editors of the book “Secrecy: the Key to Independence” a compilation of Timorese women’s oral histories. In many cases it is the first time their stories have been told of their experiences during the Indonesian occupation of East Timor and their brave fight for independence.

Laura and Beba will be talking about these stories and how women in East Timor are now playing a major role in the development of their country including the new legal system. Both Laura and Beba were active in the resistance and clandestine movement during the occupation at great risk to their personal safety.

Beba is Director of APSC - TL, an organisation that supports and promotes women’s projects in East Timor. Laura is now gender consultant with APSC - TL.

Both have contributed to many publications about women in East Timor.
Free admittance - bookings essential as places are limited. Light refreshments provided.
RSVP: Helen Campbell on 8745 6947 or to confirm your attendance.

We thank the Law Society of NSW for their support in hosting this event.

Click here to download the flyer.

“Law as a Career – Coming to the Bar”

Tuesday 15 May 2012, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Martin Place Chambers, Level 6, 65 Martin Place, Sydney.

Speakers for this event are the Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO of the Supreme Court of NSW, Sandra Duggan SC, and Suanne Russell, Counsel, Business and Commercial Lending, Westpac. The MC for the event is Rebecca Barry, President of WLA NSW and NSW Director of Australian Women Lawyers.


The panel of speakers will share their experiences in their respective legal careers, coming to the bar, and directions their careers have taken. There is no charge to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. Bookings are essential. Please RSVP: or 0466 157 087 to register your attendance.

Law Week 14-20 May 2012

Bar readers lunch

>Janet Coombs pictured front row in black suit beside WLANSW President Rebecca Barry in the pink jacket.

18th May, Friday 1.00pm – 2.00pm

The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers

Hosted by the Women Barristers Forum & WLANSW

BOND Café, 111 Phillip St (adjacent to Martin Place), Sydney

Please join us and distinguished guests for our biannual lunch and meet the new women at the bar. No charge; non-reader attendees pay for own lunch. A special lunch menu selection ranging from $15-$22 has been prepared to ensure prompt service. Please register your attendance and menu selection (link) by 16th May: or 0466 157 087 to ensure adequate seating.

Community Legal Centres NSW State Conference 2012, Sydney, 8 - 10 May

This conference is a fantastic networking and professional development opportunity. It is open to anyone working in community and government organisations that are concerned with social justice, anti-discrimination, campaigning for change and representing disadvantaged or marginalised members of the community. There is an exciting program of workshops, presentations and keynote speakers, including The Hon. Michael Kirby AC, Ronald Merkel QC, Rodney Croome, Elizabeth Broderick and Tammy Solonec.

For more information and to register please go to or download the final program

Women in Business, Supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment

Tuesday 5th June 2012 to Wednesday 6th June 2012

A special half day session with the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and industry (AACCI) Forum and Expo Wednesday 6 June 2012. The Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AACCI) is holding the 2012 Australia Arab Business Forum and Expo from Tuesday 5 June to Wednesday 6 June 2012 at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. The principal objective of the event is promoting and facilitating two-way trade and investment between Australia and the Arab countries. A key session in the program is titled Women in Business, Supporting Women's Economic Empowerment. This is a half-day session on Wednesday June 6, 2012. This session is being held in conjunction with the leading business women's owners organisation, Women Chiefs of Enterprise International (Australia). Please visit for further information and registration.

Take control of your career at the Women, Management & Work Conference 2012Women & Leadership

Be empowered to take control of your career at Macquarie University’s annual Women, Management & Work Conference. Inspirational leaders in business and government will share their stories and practical advice on how to embrace your full potential and become an influential leader. This year’s theme is Inspiration and Empowerment – Creating your future, encouraging women to achieve higher leadership roles throughout Australia. This two day conference will provide you with practical advice on empowerment, negotiation, social networking, presentation skills, workplace diversity networking, mentoring, and career development.

This is a key event for women and men who want to drive their own career success and become an influential leader in their field. 

Key speakers:


•    Åse Lunde – Managing Director, Lunde Risk Reduction AB, Sweden

•    Holly Kramer – Group General Manager, Pacific Brands Workwear Group

•    Senator Claire Moore – Senator for Queensland, Australian Labor Party

•    Jenny Morawska – President and CEO, The Morawska Group

•    Innes Willox, Chief Executive Designate, Australian Industry Group

•    Rachel Clow – General Manager, Personal Lending, Commonwealth Bank

•    Robert Rodgers CSM FAHRI – Air Commodore, Director General Personnel, Air Force

12 – 13 July 2012, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip St, Sydney

Book now at  Fee: Early Bird $1,725 until 1 June 2012, $2,300 WLANSW Members: 25% Discount $,1725

For full conference program and more information: 

Women Lawyers in a public world

Australian Women Lawyers 4th National Conference

Fri, 10 August 2012 - Sun, 12 August 2012

University House, Australian National University, ACT

All lawyers need to connect with like-minded people where they can be inspired, challenged and encouraged in their professional and personal lives. No matter what area of law you are involved with you will take away valuable insights. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones at the only national event specifically designed for women lawyers in a public world.

The Hon. Diana Bryant, Chief Justice, Family Court of Australia is opening the event. The Hon. Robert French AC, Chief Justice, High Court of Australia is giving an address and The Hon. Justice Virginia Bell, High Court of Australia is also presenting. Penny Williams, the Global Ambassador for Women and Girls and many other leaders are presenting and will be on hand to answer your questions and help you in your journey.

Click here for program details and registration

Australia’s Solicitors and Barristers

The First National Comprehensive Online Directory

We list all law firms and barristers for free with their name, address and Areas of Law. We invite law firms to have a Feature Page, which is a full description of their services, with photos etc, which incurs a fee of $390 for 12 months. Interestingly, if they have a Feature Page they can be found under extra Qualities, including Female Lawyer.

Australian Lawyers Directory


Email to go in the draw with the subject heading ' Café de Flore'. Only winners will be contacted.

CAFE DE FLORE - Only at the Movies April 25! Healing a broken heart isn't easy. Sometimes it takes a lifetime...or two. Cafe de Flore is a love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently-divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love. Trailer:


Email to go in the draw with the subject heading 'Devil’s Island’ or ‘War'. Only winners will be contacted.

Based on true events, KING OF DEVIL' S ISLAND (M) tells an extraordinary story of friendship, loyalty and rebellion. Norway, 1915. Life?s tough for the boys at an ice-bound island reform school run a stern Governor (Stellan Skarsgard). But when a defiant newcomer arrives, they dare to dream of escape… The film has won over a dozen international awards, including the Norway Film Prize. "Absolutely unmissable!" FILMINK Australian Premiere season commences 3 May, 2012 View the trailer and more at:

DECLARATION OF WAR (M) tells the powerful true-story of a young Parisian couple who are suddenly dragged from their carefree existence by an unexpected twist of Fate, finding themselves at the mercy of the French hospital system, with great pressure on themselves to remain committed to each other and remain together. The film's director Valerie Donzelli and her co-writer Jeremie Elkaim co-star as the couple, re-creating the extraordinary events that they went through together. Shot with heart-on-sleeve enthusiasm and delirious energy, they tell their story in a lively, poetic style, full of humour, emotion and visual panache, set to a soundtrack to die for. After premiering as the opening night of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, DECLARATION OF WAR attracted front page coverage in France and took the local box office by storm, achieving over 500 000 admissions in less than two weeks, going on to be selected as France’s official submission for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Australian Premiere season commences 31 May, 2012 View the trailer and more at:

Who are Australian Women Lawyers (AWL)?

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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