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Following our 2016 theme of ‘Leadership’ we have some inspiring events coming up: ‘Leading Ladies’ – A Newcastle panel event featuring local business women leaders 5.30pm 27th April at the Newcastle Club; and ‘Leadership’ Breakfast Panel Discussion 7.30am 10th May hosted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth at Chifley Square Sydney.
Our annual Law Week 16-20th May events include ‘Life in the Law’ Wollongong 6pm 17th May hosted at University of Wollongong and sponsored by DGB Lawyers; ‘Law as a Career – Coming to the Bar’ Newcastle 5.30pm 18th May hosted by Newcastle Law School; ‘Law as a Career – Coming to the Bar’ Sydney 5.30pm 18th May hosted by Martin Place Chambers; and The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers biannual networking event 1pm 20th May at the Law Society of NSW.

Please see below for event details and check our Event Calendar for upcoming events as they are confirmed.
Our biennial signature event ‘Celebrating Women in the Judiciary’ 17th March with guest speaker, the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of the Court of Appeal, was a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge our women in the judiciary. Please click here for Justice Beazley’s speech and click here for the photo gallery.



Support the organisation that has supported women in law since 1952.

For further information on joining or to renew your membership please contact our office or visit our website.

Click here for the Membership Form.

I attended the Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) Conference in Perth 8-10th April with other representatives of our Executive. It was a great opportunity to network with women lawyers from around Australia, and catch up with friends and colleagues, whilst discussing mutual issues during an informative program. I am delighted to announce that we will be hosting the 2018 AWL Conference in Sydney!

2017 Membership is now available, and we encourage you to renew or join now for membership valid to 30 June 2017Please visit our website for details.
We look forward to your ongoing support and seeing you at an event soon.

Kind regards

Lee-May Saw
‘Leading Ladies’ – 
A Newcastle panel event featuring local business women leaders 
5.30pm for 6pm Presentation, concluding at 7.30pm 
Wednesday 27th April 2016
Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen Street, Newcastle (
please note dress code

Guest Speakers: 
Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor of Newcastle; Gaye Hart AM; 
Catherine Henry, Principal, Catherine Henry Partners; 
Rosemarie Milsom, Director, Newcastle Writers Festival. 
MC: Assoc. Prof. Suzanne Ryan, Newcastle Business School (Management & Organisational Studies)

Continuing the Women Lawyers Association of NSW 2016 theme of ‘Leadership’, the Newcastle Chapter Committee are excited to present this ‘Leading Ladies’ event showcasing a panel of female local business leaders.  We hope you will join us to hear this distinguished group of women share their experiences and insights into what it means to be a leader in business and beyond.
Members $24pp Non-Members & Guests $39pp (incl. GST and refreshments)
Please click here to download the flyer, or book online 
Tuesday 10 May, 2016 7.30am for 7.45am start, finish by 8.45am
Level 17, 8 Chifley, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 8-12 Chifley Square, Sydney
Hosted by Women Lawyers Association of NSW and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
A diverse panel of speakers will share their insights into the different definitions of leadership and tips on career advancement when juggling personal and career commitments.

Hear from:
– Roslyn Toms, General Counsel and Company Secretary, nib health funds limited
– Stacey Taylor, Director and Counsel, American Express
– Michael Chaaya, Partner, Corrs (and recent participant in the WGEA “Equilibrium Man Challenge” promoting flexible work practices)
– Lee-May Saw, Barrister and President of Women Lawyers Association of NSW.
Panel moderator – Alison Jones, Senior Associate, Corrs
Cost: $20 (WLANSW member)/ $35 (non-member/guests). 
Light breakfast provided. Seats are limited.
RSVP: with payment by 2 May to 
(payment accepted by Cheque, VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, online or by EFT payment to: Women Lawyers Association, BSB 082 053, Account Number 45342-1772).

For enquiries please contact Kathryn McKenzie, Executive Officer,
Women Lawyers Association of NSW, tel: 0466 157 087 fax: 1300 332 183
or by email

Please click here to download the flyer or book online.
16-20 May 2016
‘Life in the Law’ Wollongong
6 for 6.30pm Tuesday 17th May 2016
University of Wollongong, Building 67, Room 101. 

Speakers Panel: Nerissa Keay, Crown Prosecutor, DPP; Danae Harvey, Small Claims Assessor, CLC; Linda Wright, Principal, DGB Lawyers; Trish Mundy, Lecturer, School of Law, UoW; Melissa Humphreys, Barrister. Facilitator: Deb Langton, Director, Carter Ferguson Solicitors 
Light refreshments provided; FREE Event kindly sponsored by DGB Lawyers – all welcome; bookings essential to: or book online.
‘Law as a Career – Coming to the Bar’ Newcastle
5.30pm Wednesday 18th May 2016
Newcastle Legal Centre & Newcastle Graduate School of Business, Lecture Room UNH 2.41 Second Floor, University House, Cnr King & Auckland Sts, Newcastle

Speakers Panel: Rebecca Suters, Barrister, Hunter Street Chambers; Lizzie McLaughlin, Barrister, Hunter Street Chambers; Rebekah Court, Barrister, James Dowling Chambers; Vivian Carty, Barrister, James Dowling Chambers.
MC: Sher Campbell, Assoc Lecturer, Newcastle Law School

Light refreshments provided; FREE Event – all welcome; bookings essential to: or book online.
‘Law as a Career – Coming to the Bar’ Sydney
5.30pm Wednesday 18th May 2016
Hosted by Martin Place Chambers, 32nd Fl, 52 Martin Place Sydney (Channel 7 Bldg)

Speakers Panel: Michelle Painter SC, Chair Women Barristers Forum and Barrister Nine Selborne Chambers; Registrar Joanne Gray of the Land and Environment Court of NSW;
Felicity Rourke, Partner and Head of Office, Norton Rose Fulbright; Talitha Fishburn, Committee Member WLANSW and Barrister, 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers.
Light refreshments provided; FREE Event – all welcome; bookings essential to: or book online,


Hosted by the Women Barristers Forum & WLANSW
1-2pm Friday 20th May 2016
Law Society of NSW, Level 2, 170 Phillip St, Sydney

Janet Coombs addressing guests at the 16th May 2014 luncheon.

Please join us and distinguished guests for our biannual lunch and meet the new women at the bar. Cost $39pp includes the luncheon, wine & beverages. Please click here for the registration form and online booking,

Bookings are essential to ensure adequate seating and catering. Limited places so please book early and RSVP by 11th May.

Breakfast sessions that lead the way in diversity and inclusion!

Whether you are a senior executive or people leader looking to leverage diversity for strategic advantage, a HR professional looking to cultivate a high performing culture, or you are just interested in cutting edge ideas at the nexus of leadership, psychology, technology and workplace culture, Symmetra Connect will provide you with a fresh perspective!

Each event takes place 8:30-10:00am in the Sydney CBD. A light breakfast will be served. FREE Events

Watch our launch video here and you are most welcome to register here if you would like to attend.
Mon 16th May - Debiasing Your Decisions
Thu 23 June - Silicon Diversity 
Tue 26 July - Installing an Inclusion Barometer 
Fri 26 Aug - Leading Edge Customer Inclusion
Thu 29 Sept - Psychological Safety and Innovation
Wed 26 Oct - Defining merit in a meritocracy 
Thu 24 Nov - Panel Discussion: D&I Tipping Point   
Reflecting Gender & Women’s Lives in Health Policy & Practice
19 May 2016 9am - 4:30pm 
NSW Teachers Federation Auditorium Surry Hills

Keynote speakers will cover topics such as:
Gender in Public Policy - Would it make a difference?
Self Determination - What does that mean to Dixie Link-Gordon?
Exclusion Zones around Health Clinics vs Civil Liberties•
Violence Against Women - Panel discussion

To register please go to  FREE Event
BaptistCare and The Tara Costigan Foundation present
The Halo Ball
May 27, 2016 7pm til late Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Master of Ceremonies: Natarsha Belling
Entertainment includes comedian Vince Sorrenti, 
Justice Crew and the NSW Police Rock Band

The Halo Ball, will raise much needed funds to assist women and children affected by domestic and family violence. All funds raised at the ball will go towards BaptistCare’s support services, including crisis accommodation and long-term housing, emergency finances and counselling; and Tara’s Angels, an initiative of the Tara Costigan Foundation that provides round-the-clock case workers to at-risk women. 
The partnership between the two organisations came following Tara’s death in February 2015, where the mother of three was allegedly brutally murdered by her former partner whilst holding her newborn baby. Prior to her death, Tara was a much valued employee of BaptistCare.
Further details and tickets:
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PO Box R1120 Royal Exchange NSW 1225
Ph: 0466 157 087 Fax: 1300 332 183

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