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Dear Members and Friends,

How quickly this year has flown by!  I am extremely privileged to have been re-elected to serve as the WLANSW’s President for another year at our AGM on 21 November 2017. 

I congratulate each member of the newly elected Executive Committee for 2017-2018 and warmly welcome the new members to the Executive Committee: Mahrukah Batliwalla, Elizabeth Wang and Alex Grayson. I look forward to working with you all to achieve great things in 2018. Please click here to view details of the new Executive Committee. I also extend my special thanks to Amy Tin, Sarah Worrall, Trish Mundy and Virginia Marshall for their service on the Committee this year.

Our End of Year Drinks following the AGM was a wonderful celebration of the achievements for the year.  Please click here to view the photos from the event, here to view my President’s Report, and here for our Financial Report. Our Newcastle Chapter celebrated with colleagues at Queen’s Wharf Hotel (Please click here to view the photos from the event), and our Wollongong Chapter celebrated at Pepes on the Beach. (Please click here to view the photos from the event.)

We are deeply appreciative and gratefully thank:

Law Society of NSW for their ongoing support as our Principal Sponsor;
Crowd & Co for their support as a Silver Sponsor,
TressCox Lawyers for their continuing support as host for our Committee meetings;
NSW Bar Association;
Ally Group;
All the sponsors of this year's NSW Women Lawyers Achievements Awards - our most successful to date; and
All of the corporate firms that hosted events for us during 2017.

We partnered with the First 100 Years Team founded by Rachel Scanlon and the Law Society of New South Wales to launch the ‘First 100 years’ celebrations on 15 November.  The festivities will take place over the next 12 months to celebrate the centenary of the Women's Legal Status Act of 1918 and all the trailblazing women in NSW law.  A fabulous website has been established at  and I encourage you all to visit it regularly to stay up to date with all the events and initiatives associated with the First 100 Years celebrations.
We’ll be kicking off 2018 with our signature biennial event ‘Celebrating Women in the Judiciary’ with guest speaker, The Honourable Justice Virginia Bell AC of the High Court of Australia. Please ‘save the date’, 6pm Thursday 22nd February 2018 at the Union University & Schools Club Sydney.


Our office will be closed from 22 December 2017 and will reopen 8 January 2017.  The Executive Committee will then meet in the new year for a Strategic Planning meeting focused on exploring ways to continue to bring value to you as the voice of women in the NSW legal profession.  As always, please do not hesitate to get involved with us and any of our subcommittees.  We are looking forward to a busy year of events and policy work and would love to have you on board.
Thank you for another great year! 
Happy holidays!

Holly Lam


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Women’s Mentoring Program (Advancement of Women Initiative)

Being a mentee in the program offers a wonderful opportunity for women with 5 or more years of experience as a practising lawyer to build connections with senior practitioners who can offer guidance and support toward managing and advancing their career. The mentoring relationship provides the platform to discuss issues such as managing family and work commitments, career paths to senior roles or growing your own business with an experienced practitioner in a supportive and confidential forum. Click here to apply now.

We encourage you to support the ‘Law Society of NSW Women’s Mentoring Program 2018’ (please click here for further details) and consider both the role of mentor and mentee as both can provide significant opportunities for personal and professional development. Applications close 17th January 2018 with the Program commencing 21st February.

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for the amazing work that they do?
There are many exceptional women in NSW who deserve to be recognised. If you would like to acknowledge a woman in your community who has made a significant contribution, has demonstrated excellence in her career, or is an inspiring role model, you can nominate her for the 2018 NSW Women of the Year AwardsNominations close 18 December 2017.
Hunter to trial new app to help protect domestic violence victims
Sher Campbell (pictured centre), part of our Women Lawyers Executive, is working with Dr Colin James and Dr Lynne McCormack (Law and Psychology researchers at the University of Newcastle and the ANU College of Law) to try and reduce breaching of Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) in NSW.  They won a  pitch tournament in a competition  as part of the NSW Government Innovation Launch Program securing a grant of $150,000 from NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation to develop a mobile phone application for defendants of ADVOs. 

The team are participating in an incubation program run with access to mentors and subject matter experts, education and support, potential partners and investors. Initially, the project will develop a mobile phone application called ‘Bernie’ that will be freely available through lawyers employed by the Hunter Community Legal Centre and the Central Coast Legal Centre advising respondents in ADVO applications at Newcastle Local Court. After that, and if the research proves the App's effectiveness, the team is going to expand its application to other services. ‘Bernie’ reinforces practical and legal information given by the lawyers, information that is often forgotten due to heightened anxiety in court. ‘Bernie’ can be personalised to include appointment reminders and court dates.  It also provides useful support contacts, an emergency button for stressful situations, and psycho-social resources. If we are going to address the horrific statistics associated with DV we need to reduce domestic violence re-offending.
The team has contracted and is working alongside Mudbath Pty Ltd, a Newcastle-based app developer to develop the app and the program is supported by the Behavioural Insights Unit from the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Finance Services and Innovation and Justice NSW. Click here for the Newcastle Herald article 28 November.


Email with the subject heading ‘SECRET SCRIPTURE’ and postal address. Only winners will be contacted.

Lady Rose (Vanessa Redgrave) is an elderly woman who has lived in a hospital for over 50 years. Despite her bleak surroundings there is a light in her eyes that cannot be extinguished. Dr. Stephen Grene (Eric Bana) is drawn to her, compelled to discover her past and help gain her freedom. Through Lady Rose’s ‘scripture’, a life of extraordinary love and great injustice emerges, revealing a remarkable young woman of courage, whose only crime was to fall in love. Set against a backdrop of troubled times locally, and chaos internationally, we learn of her ultimate triumph.
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Email with the subject heading ‘SWEET COUNTRY’ and postal address. Only winners will be contacted.

Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory, Australia. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills white station owner Harry March (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country.
Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) leads the posse with the help of Aboriginal tracker Archie (Gibson John) and local landowners Fred Smith (Sam Neill) and Mick Kennedy (Thomas M. Wright). Fletcher is desperate to capture Sam and put him on trial for murder – but Sam is an expert bushman and he has little difficulty outlasting them. Eventually, for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam decides to give himself up. He is put on trial in the courtroom of Judge Taylor (Matt Day). But will justice be served?
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For those who would like to participate in this giveaway, please visit the following websites and answer the question "What are the dates Shen Yun performs at Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2018?": Email with the subject heading ‘SHEN YUN’, your answer and postal address. Only winners will be contacted.
"Let Shen Yun take you on a magical journey and share with you the beautiful world of China’s divine civilization. It’s a stunning experience you won't find anywhere else."

“I come back every year… I’m reborn and see true hope every time.” Christine Walevska, world-renowned musician

“This is the pinnacle of the dance, Shen Yun is to dance what Shakespeare is to literature. This is a treat and an honor to be here.” Tom Weck, CEO & author, watched Shen Yun 5 times
“Absolutely the No. 1 show in the world!” — Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet

"5,000 years of Chinese music and dance, in one night" - New York Times

"Demonstrating the highest realm in arts, Shen Yun inspires the performing arts world."  - Chi Cao, Actor in Mao’s Last Dancer, and dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet

 “I have reviewed over 3,000 shows, none can compare to what I saw tonight. I will give this production 5 Stars, that’s the top!... mind-blowing!” — Richard Connema, renowned Broadway critic
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