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Dear Members and Friends,
Please join us and distinguished guests for the launch of our 2019 ‘NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards’, featuring a panel of some of our previous award winners, 5.30pm Thursday 21 February 2019 at the Union University & Schools Club Sydney, as detailed below. 

Free event – bookings essential. 
Looking forward to seeing you on 21st!


Launch of
NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2019
& 2019 Program

5.30pm Thursday 21 February 2019
Union, University & Schools Club of Sydney, 25 Bent Street, Sydney
Please note etiquette and dress code at the Union University & Schools Club:
Our panel will discuss their career journeys, particularly since they were the recipients of a
‘NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Award’, and how that may have affected them or their careers.
2013 ‘Highly Commended Judge’s Award - Fay Calderone is an Employment Law & Workplace Relations Partner at Hall & Wilcox and a Flexible Work Day Ambassador. She advises HR, C-Suite leaders and Boards on compliance with workplace laws, change management, business protection, workplace strategy, cultural diagnostics and dispute resolution, having business acted for employers for 18 years across a range of industries including health, professional services, entertainment, FMCG & general manufacturing, community sector and local councils. Fay thrives on the insights gained from speaking at major industry events and is a regulator commentator on workplace issues in mainstream media and industry publications. She has served as Deputy Chair of Sport NSW and has been widely recognised for her achievements including by the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards; the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards & Women in Law Awards and NSW Women Lawyer’s Association.  This year Fay was featured in the Smart Company International Women’s Day Campaign, Women Kind (the book authored by Catherine Fox and Dr Kirstin Ferguson), the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers and was a finalist for the highly prestigious AGS Australian Women Lawyers Award among prominent female figures in law including judges and barristers.

2011 ‘Woman Lawyer Advocate of the Year’ - Judge Julia Baird commenced as a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court in February 2018; Judge Baird is the Judge in Charge of the Court's Intellectual Property National Practice Area, and the National IP Practice List Judge, which list commenced as a pilot in July this year. Judge Baird brings to the Court over 25 years’ experience as a specialist intellectual property barrister, including 10 years as Senior Counsel at the NSW Bar.  She has appeared in significant intellectual property cases in the High  Court of Australia, in the Federal Court, and in the Copyright Tribunal, as well as in hearings before the Offices of IP Australia. The Federal Circuit Court's IP jurisdiction is increasingly broad, principally comprising proceedings arising under copyright, design, and trade marks laws.  One of the first cases Judge Baird has delivered in her roles as the IP list judge is Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Pty Ltd & Ors v Hairy Little Sista Pty Ltd & Anor [2018] FCCA 2794 which generated some media interest.
  2009 'Highly Commended' Special Judging Panel's Award - Maureen Peatman, Partner at Hunt & Hunt. Maureen is a planning, environment & contamination lawyer with a large environmental practice, acting for Federal, State and local government, corporations and private clients.
- Chairman of Hunt & Hunt Lawyers from 2006 to 2011
- Chair of Legal Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia. (The Legal Practice Section has 7 committees, including Superannuation, Charities & Not for Profit; Property; Consumer Law, Insurance, Australian Law Management Committee and Australian Environment & Planning Law Committee)
- Founding chair of the Australian Environment & Planning Law Committee, Legal Practice Section, Law Council of Australia
- Former Vice-President of the Environmental Planning Law Assoc (NSW) Inc

2015 ‘Woman Lawyer of the Year, Up and Coming’ - Marina Brizar, Head of Corporate & Private Clients, Playfair Visa & Migration Services.  Marina and her family migrated to Australia as refugees in 1995. Marina completed a Bachelor of Laws and International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. Marina was recognised by the Law Council of Australia, when she was awarded the prestigious John Gibson AM Young Migration Lawyer of the Year award in 2015.  Marina formed the AMB Foundation alongside her colleagues Adriana Mercado and Angela Fenato. The foundation aims to assist students from a refugee background with the practical expenses of attaining a tertiary education.
Please click here for the flyer with further details.

FREE Event – bookings essential. Limited places.
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