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Dear friends and colleagues
We trust you had a great start to the year! 
Following the Wollongong and Sydney events and our 2016 theme of ‘Leadership’, we have great pleasure in inviting you to our Newcastle launch event on 27th April, ‘Leading Ladies’, 5.30pm at the Newcastle Club with our panel of local business women leaders: Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor of Newcastle; Gaye Hart AMCatherine Henry, Principal, Catherine Henry Partners; Rosemarie Milson, Director, Newcastle Writers Festival. MC: Assoc. Prof. Suzanne Ryan, Newcastle Business School (Management & Organisational Studies). Please see details below and book early to ensure your place.
Continuing our Leadership theme, and to encourage open dialogue and opportunities to expand your network, we have an exciting line-up of upcoming events and new initiatives to facilitate your personal and professional growth and well-being. 
‘Law as a Career – Coming to the Bar’ free Law Week Event 5.30pm 18th May
as detailed below, features a diverse panel of female barristers to share their career experiences.
‘Leadership over Lunch’: The Newcastle Chapter Committee will be launching an exciting new offering of local networking lunches with leaders in law and business, with one of the first events confirmed featuring Prof Rosalind Croucher AM, President, Australian Law Reform Commission on 4th August at the Newcastle Club.  
Wellness Event – Stay tuned as we reveal a special guest speaker who will be leading a session to help you build your physical and mental strength for business and personal success. 
Sue-Ella Prodonovich is a recognised expert in business development, client feedback and business coaching. Sue-Ella will join us to share her more than 20 year’s senior level experience winning and growing business in the professional services and B2B. 
Our local WLANSW Newcastle Committee comprises:
Catherine Henry, Principal, Catherine Henry Partners (Chair)
Suzie Leask, Senior Associate, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors
Lauren O’Brien, Solicitor, Catherine Henry Partners
Kathryn Wielinga, Solicitor, Vaarzon-Morel Solicitors
Sher Campbell, Lecturer, University of Newcastle
Bronwyn Ambrogetti, Managing Solicitor, Hunter Community Legal Centre
Jacqueline Keddie, Nexus Law Group
Bridget Bennett, Law Student, University of Newcastle
Rebekah Court, Barrister, Sir Owen-Dixon Chambers
Please ensure you are on our mailing list (sign up to receive our newsletter via our website home page). To receive member discounts to our events, please ensure you membership is current, or join today online or download the membership form via our website
We look forward to bringing you further updates shortly and seeing you on the 27th April. Please see below for registration details of confirmed events.
Kind regards, 
Catherine Henry, Chair Newcastle Chapter
‘Leading Ladies’ – A 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 Milson, 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. 

Councillor Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor of Newcastle. Lord Mayor Nelmes was elected in November 2014 after serving six years on Newcastle City Council. The Lord Mayor is currently a member of Council's Asset Advisory Board and Chair of Council's Coastal Revitalisation Working Party and sits on the Boards of the Hunter Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Newcastle Airport Partnership. 
Gaye Hart AM. Gaye is an experienced non-executive director who has held leadership positions in a range of regional, national and international organisations. She was Director and CEO of Hunter TAFE from 1995 to 2005 and also a non-executive director of several leading local organisations including Newcastle Port Corporation, Hunter Medical Research Institute and the Hunter New England Health Council. In 1989 Gaye was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contribution to the community.
Catherine Henry, Solicitor. In 2009 Catherine established her own firm, Catherine Henry Partners, which now has the largest health and medical law practice across regional NSW. Catherine was the President of the Newcastle Law Society from 2004 until 2009 and has also held leadership positions in the Australian Lawyers Alliance (NSW Branch President), the NSW Legal Aid Commission as well as several community boards. 
Rosemarie Milson, Journalist. Rosemarie is the Founding Director of the Newcastle Writers Festival which is in its fourth year. Rosemarie has been a journalist for 20 years. In 2012, she was awarded the MEAA Northern NSW Media Awards Journalist of the Year and has been a finalist in the United Nations Association of Australia’s Peace Media Awards and the Kennedy Awards for Excellence in NSW Journalism.
Assoc. Prof. Suzanne Ryan. Suzanne commenced with the University of Newcastle in 1985 after various research and policy positions in local, state and federal governments and private consultancies. Her teaching areas are organisation theory, management and research courses. She is currently the Assistant Dean, Research & Training in the Faculty of Business and Law and President of the University of Newcastle Branch of the NTEU.

Members $24pp Non-Members & Guests $39pp (incl. GST and refreshments)
Please click here to download the flyer, or book online
‘Law as a Career – Coming to the Bar’
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, Sir Owen Dixon 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
24th Annual Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture, 
Justice Virginia Bell AC

Equality, Proportionality and Dignity: The GuidingPrinciples for a Just Legal System

Friday 29 April 2016, 4:30pm for 5:00pm start,
Newcastle Conservatorium
RSVP:  Via this Eventbrite link  FREE Event – bookings essential

Join the local legal community at The Newcastle Law School’s 24th Annual Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture. The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture was established in 1993 to mark the arrival of the first group of Bachelor of Laws students at the University of Newcastle. It is delivered by an eminent lawyer each academic year.
This year we welcome Justice Virginia Bell of the High Court of Australia. Virginia Bell was appointed to the Court in February 2009. She has forged an impressive career, beginning as a solicitor with the Redfern Legal Centre after completing her law degree. Admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1984, Justice Bell was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1997. Justice Bell practised as a public defender, was a counsel assisting the Royal Commission into the New South Wales Police Service and was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in March 1999.

Justice Bell's lecture is titled “Equality, Proportionality and Dignity: The Guiding Principles for a Just Legal System”. Justice Bell will discuss these principles, which are recognised in both jurisprudence and human rights instruments.

The three principles are fundamental to a legal system in a contemporary civilised society, which prides itself on justice, the rule of law and the paramount importance of human liberty. A wide range of examples will be drawn on with appeal to a broad audience of community members, law students as well as experienced legal practitioners and judicial officers. Please join us to gain an insight into the pillars of a just legal system.

Light refreshments will be provided after the lecture between 6:00pm and 7:00pm.


WLANSW Membership – half year rates now available! Join or renew

Ordinary: Sydney Metro Membership is now available at $47.50; Ordinary: Regional/Community Membership $25.00; Ordinary: Subsidised Membership $12.50 (Students/not full-time employed); Corporate Membership from $147.50 Level 1.

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