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Dear Members and Friends,

It is a special privilege to have been re-elected as President following our AGM on 24 November 2015. I would like to thank the outgoing Executive Committee members Supriya Eliezer, Katie Malyon, Kathryn Grimshaw and Meena Mariadassou for their valued contributions to WLANSW in 2015. A very warm congratulations to the newly elected Executive Committee for 2015-2016

Our Christmas Drinks following the AGM was a wonderful celebration of the achievements for the year. Honoured guests included Prof Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission; The Hon Justice Robertson Wright, President, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal; Prof Rosalind Croucher, President, Australian Law Reform Commission; The Hon Justice Melissa Perry, Federal Court of Australia; and our Patron, the Honourable Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO of the Supreme Court of NSW. Please click here to view the photos from the eventhere to view my President's Report from the AGM, and here for our Financial Report



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On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to again thank our sponsors for their ongoing support: The Law Society of NSW as our Principal Sponsor and the NSW Bar Association as our Platinum sponsor; TressCox Lawyers for their support as host for our committee meetings; and to the sponsors of our Career Intentions Survey project: The NSW Bar Association and The Law Society of NSW as Platinum Sponsors; Herbert Smith Freehills as Major Sponsor and the College of Law as a Sponsor; and our event sponsors McCullough Robertson, Allens, Minter Ellison and Bartier Perry.

Our final ‘Inspiration Before Breakfast’ event with guest speaker, Jane Needham SC, hosted by McCullough Robertson 19th November, was another sell-out event. 
Event planning is already underway for 2016, and please ‘Save the Date’ for the launch event of the WLANSW Wollongong Chapter on 28thJanuary with guest speaker, our Patron, the Honourable Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO of the Supreme Court of NSW. Further details will be available shortly.

The Executive Committee will be meeting in the New Year for a Strategic Planning meeting where we will be focusing on how we can continue to bring value to our members and friends as the voice of women in the NSW legal profession. The Executive Committee thanks you for your support during 2015 and wishes you a safe and happy festive season. Our office will be closed from 23rd December and will reopen 18th January.

Kind regards

Lee-May Saw

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 $400 – please quote Code ‘WLANSW’ at checkout. Please click here for further information and registration.


The new look Women in NSW 2015 is now available at Over the last four years the report series has charted progress towards gender equality in New South Wales.

Women in NSW 2015 provides you with findings on a range of social and economic outcomes for women across the areas of health and wellbeing, education and learning, work and financial security, leadership and representation, and safety and justice. It is the only report of its kind for women in Australia. For the first time, the complete indicator data set is also available in the accompanying NSW Women’s Report Card 2015.



Please find attached some articles featured in the November 2015 issue of the Law Society Journal on women affected by the criminal justice system and the role of mentoring. These articles aim to raise lawyers' awareness of the issues facing women in prison and give helpful tips on how they can better support their female clients. Email or visit  for information on mentoring and Women in Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN), a small NGO which supports marginalised women affected by the criminal justice system.

Big Sister mentor Applications are now open for 2016
Do you know an amazing woman who is a positive stable role model and wants to change the life of a vulnerable teenage girl? Big Sister mentor applications are now open for the 2016 SISTER2sister program. Please click here for the brochure.  Applications close the 1st of February 2016. Application forms can be found on our website (see link below). Please contact Marnee May for more information and for the 2016 SISTER2sister program calendar of dates for your state. Email: Phone: 02 9211 912

Happiness is important. It's important for your own life satisfaction and enjoyment. It is equally important for your family, the people in your care and
the people you work with.

We would like to offer you an opportunity to register for Happiness and Its Causes 2016, with a 20% early bird discount if you register by 18 DecemberBook online using VIP code MHANSW or call (02) 8719 5118 to register. This conference has many inspirational speakers and is a popular event throughout the community. Please click here for the brochure or visit the website for further information and registration:
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