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Dear Members and Friends,

We have enjoyed some sell out events in the last couple of weeks - an inspirational breakfast with  
The Hon Gabriel Upton MP, Attorney General;  the Silks Celebration Cocktail Event; and thought provoking ‘Skirting Leadership’ Master Class, with Suzanne Mercier.
The best workplaces for women were recently highlighted in our 2015 ‘Law Firm Comparison Data’ ongoing project, and we continue to be a voice for women lawyers with our submissions earlier this year in regard to ‘Consolidation of Anti-Discrimination Law’ and ‘Review of Australia’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme’.
As we lead into  our final events for the year as noted below, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to renew your membership or join if you have not done so already. Our ability to continue to represent the women in law in NSW, their interests and issues, depends on the support and contributions of our members. Please click here for further information and registration details.
Notice of our AGM on 24th November 2015 has been distributed to current financial members. If you are a member and have not received the AGM information, please contact our office.

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events, and hope that you are able to join us for our annual end of year cocktail events.

Kind regards

Lee-May Saw



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.

Inspiration before Breakfast:
‘Reflections on leadership’
Jane Needham SC

7.15 for breakfast & networking – 8.45am 
Thursday 19th November 2015  
McCullough Robertson Lawyers,
Level 32 MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney 

(Please note new address)

Jane Needham SC was called to the Bar in 1990, after studying law part-time at UTS where she graduated with first-class honours. She was appointed senior counsel in 2004, after two years of part-time practice following the birth of her daughter. Jane had twins in 2006. Jane is currently the President of the NSW Bar Association.

She was recognised as Lawyer’s Weekly Senior Barrister of the Year in 2013, and as one of Australia’s “100 Women of Influence” in 2014, and, most recently, was the recipient of the “Woman Barrister of the Year” Award at the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2015.

In the last ‘Inspiration over Breakfast’ speakers series this year, Jane will share with us her reflections on leadership, about:
• women in leadership roles;
• championing diversity at the NSW Bar; and
• the NSW Bar more broadly.
As President, she has been committed to goals of diversity, gender equity and recognition of flexible practice within the profession and at the Bar, and has been proud to be part of the Bar’s programs such as the guarantee of CBD childcare spaces, Best Practice Guidelines, and work on equitable briefing.
Members FREE Non-Members $20pp (includes gst and a light breakfast)
Please click here for registration details

Proudly hosted by
Christmas Cocktails, Sydney
6-8pm Tuesday 24 November 2015
Union, University & Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney

Following our AGM at 5.30pm, The Women Lawyers’ association of NSW invites you to join us and distinguished guests for our annual end of year drinks event.

Members $40; Non-Members & Guests $50. 
Includes drinks & canapes.

Please click here for the flyer and registration details.

Christmas Cocktails, Newcastle
5.30-7.30pm Thursday 26th November 2015 
Central Café Bar & Restaurant, 145 King St, Newcastle

Join us to celebrate a great year and catch up with friends and colleagues for the festive season at Central’s new upstairs function venue, a restyled historic icon, located in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD. Tickets include drinks, canapés and live entertainment.

Members $35; 
Non-Members & Guests $45.
Please click here for the flyer and registration details.

Inner city childcare vacancies
Inner Sydney child care centre, Lady Gowrie City, currently has vacancies for children aged from 0-4 years. Lady Gowrie City emphasises respect for and trust in, the child to be explorer initiator and self-learner. Qualified teachers and educators provide a program that encourages thinking, investigating, exploring and problem-solving. As centre director, Osanna Giang says ‘It is important to us to honour and respect each child’s unique capabilities. Infants will natural develop into their next milestone when they are ready, in their own time and pace.”
Contact Lady Gowrie City by email  or
Documentary on Women Refugees

Funding from women is being sought for a documentary about women refugees from different parts of Africa. The film covers the traumatic events that forced them to flee their home countries and become refugees, as well as giving us a deep insight into their extraordinary resilience and courage, which has enabled them to build really productive new lives in Australia.  For each of them in their own way, it is a journey from trauma and pain, to strength and empowerment, as they find their own voice.  This is  a vital story told in an artful way, that will give other women victims of violence and abuse, inspiration and hope.
If you are interested in the arts, women's issues, refugees' experiences and challenges, human rights issues and/or the importance of therapy for PTSD, you will want to donate to this extraordinary documentary.  The director of the documentary is Ros Horin, the acclaimed director, playwright and former artistic director of the Griffin Theatre.  All donations are tax deductible.   Please click here for further informationPlease click here for the flyer.
AIFS Evaluation of the 2012 family violence amendments
We advise that the report synthesising the research undertaken by AIFS for the Evaluation of the 2012 family violence amendments is now publicly available on our website at . 
The report for the Court Outcomes Project component of the Evaluation is also now available on our website at this above address and the reports for the remaining two components of the Evaluation (the Responding to Family Violence - A Survey of Family Law Practices and Experiences and the Experiences of Separated Parents Study) will also be available shortly.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Women Lawyers Association of NSW for supporting this research.
Women Legal 2016

One day business roundtable 29 January 2016, Rydges World Square, Sydney

Illustrating the business imperative for the retention and succession of female leadership in the legal profession, while identifying opportunities to open up business dialogues and make useful connections.

Through practical case studies we will explore: 
Future of diversity and leadership in the legal profession
The myth of work-life balance and flexibility
Developing a successful and satisfying career
Identifying opportunities in private practice and beyond
Practical marketing, networking and social media tips
Cultural change in the legal profession

WLANSW Discount of $300 – please quote Code WLSD16 at checkout. Please click here for further information and registration.

25th Anniversary Dinner
The Hunter community Legal Centre is approaching our 25th year of helping the Hunter region’s most vulnerable people access the legal system. To celebrate, we are holding a dinner dance to raise funds to establish a Homeless Youth Legal Service in the Hunter Region. We are asking local businesses to join us by sponsoring this event, which will be held on Friday 11 March 2016. Please click here for the Sponsorship Form. For further information contact:
Julie Vitnell, Co-ordinator 4040 9121
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