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Dear Members and Friends,

We are deeply appreciative of your overwhelming support for our 2017 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards and have been absolutely blown away by the flood of nominations received!
The winners of the following Award categories will be announced at the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner with the Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC of the High Court of Australia as our guest speaker on Friday, 11 August 2017:

Change Champion of the Year, sponsored by The College of Law 
Outstanding Law Firm of the Year, sponsored by Watts McCray Lawyers 
Woman Lawyer of the Year, sponsored by Thomson Reuters
Barrister of the Year, sponsored by Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers 
Private Practice Lawyer of the Year, sponsored by the Law Society of NSW
Corporate Counsel of the Year, sponsored by Thomson Reuters 
Community Lawyer or Academic of the Year, sponsored by Department of Justice
Mentor of the Year, sponsored by Bartier Perry
Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by UNSW Law – Continuing Legal Education

Thank you in particular to the Award Prize Sponsors, affiliated supporting organisations, the NSW Bar Association as our Major Awards Sponsor and Allygroup as Awards Media Sponsor for their generous contributions.
Tickets and tables for the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner are selling fast! As this event will book out, I encourage you to secure your seat now to avoid disappointment.

We are delighted to have heard from such inspiring speakers at our well attended Law Week and May events. Please visit our Photo Gallery to view the events and further details. 
Our program for the rest of 2017 is being finalised, and registration is now open for Thursday 13th July:Panel discussion -Law & Technology!  hosted by Gilbert + Tobin at 5.30pm 
Please ensure that you are signed up to our enews and social media platforms for the latest updates, events and news and share with your friends and colleagues.  Please note – we have a new LinkedIn company page, so please click here to join the conversation!
Lastly, don't forget to renew your membership as we launch into the new financial year.  If you are not yet a member, now is the perfect time to take up membership and become a part of supporting women in law and the greater legal community. You have a voice so join us in using it!

Kind regards

Holly Lam


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2015 Award winners pictured with our guest speaker, the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, and our Patron, the Honourable Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO

2017 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards Gala Presentation Dinner – book now!

The Awards Gala Presentation Dinner will be held on 11th August 2017 at Doltone House Hyde Park with guest speaker, The Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC.

‘Law & Technology – Panel Discussion’
5.30pm for 6-7.30pm Panel Discussion and Q&A, Thursday 13th July 2017
Gilbert + Tobin, L35, Tower 2, International Towers Sydney, 200 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Join us for a forward looking session on the future of the law and new technologies – how is technology changing law; should we be concerned about these changes, or are they opportunities; will these changes affect access to justice; do students need to complement their law degree with study in IT, and what about practitioners?

Danny Gilbert AM 
is co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin. Danny currently holds and has held a number of directorships including Non-Executive Director of National Australia Bank Limited 2004-2016, Chairman of Cape York Partnership Group Ltd, Chairman of University of Western Sydney Foundation and Former Chairman of National Museum of Australia. Danny is also a trustee of several private charitable trusts. Gilbert + Tobin is a major national corporate law firm with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Dr Philippa Ryan is a barrister and lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney. She coordinates and teaches Civil Practice, Commercial Equity, and Disruptive Technologies and the Law. She also teaches on the NSW Bar Practice Course. Pip's PhD formulated a new classification for the liability of third parties to a breach of trust. She is currently researching the regulation and status of cryptocurrencies, and relationships of trust and agency enabled by blockchain technology. Pip's memberships include, the Standards Australia Technical Committee IT-041(Blockchain); the Advisory board of the Australian Digital Commerce Association (ADCA); the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA); the Academic Committee of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association (BFSLA); and Women in Payments.

Guy Betar is a Corporate & Commercial Partner at Salvos Legal. Recognised for his expertise in privacy, technology and IP law, Guy has over 20 years’ experience as a Corporate/IT/IP lawyer, including as a law firm partner, corporate counsel, director and executive manager. He has extensive national and international expertise in IT/IP and technology law, and advises on software, data, cloud, privacy and related areas.  Guy has also worked on commercial transactions in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the US. Guy joined Salvos Legal in 2015 as Special Counsel and was appointed Partner in March 2017. Formerly a partner with major law firm Sparke Helmore, Guy’s experience includes senior executive roles, most recently with TIBCO Technologies.  He is also a published author and a sought after presenter.

Members $20pp; Non-Members/Guests $35pp (incl. GST and refreshments). 
Please click here to download the flyer and to register, or book online.


 Proudly sponsored by

Symposium: Making Love Trumps War

Join us to hear two outstanding speakers over a glass of wine and refreshments

Chris Turner:
Executive Officer & Regional Director, Marie Stopes International Australia
  • the case for family planning in Australia’s aid program
  • report on WPF support to Marie Stopes International
Dr Deborah Bateson:
Medical Director, Family Planning NSW; Clinical Associate Professor, Discipline of Obstetrics, 
Gynaecology and Neonatology, University of Sydney
  • what contraception means to women
  • latest research and future directions
DATE             Thursday, 29 June 2017
TIME              5:30 pm for 6 – 7:30 pm, with refreshments
ENTRY          $50 [Students $20]
BOOKINGS   0428 866 491 or 9817-5175 or online by clicking here
VENUE          courtesy of HWL Ebsworth, Level 14, Australia Square, 264-278 George Street, Sydney


Introducing our innovative online CPD program
We are excited to announce the launch of ‘The Good Law Podcast by Salvos Legal’, an innovative and flexible solution for gaining CPD points online. 
Select from a range of informative and engaging podcasts and listen online, anywhere, anytime. Presented as a conversational-style series, The Good Law Podcast covers mandatory CPD topics as well as substantive areas of law and matters of public interest; relevant to all stages of your career.
The Good Law Podcast is a first of its kind social impact learning program, with all profits raised through podcast sales helping to fund Salvos Legal Humanitarian’s life-changing free legal services in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

The Good Law Podcast series is now available at:    

Prices start at $65 for a 1 hour podcast and new episodes will be released each month featuring eminent speakers including Judges, Tribunal Members, Senior Counsel, and Accredited Specialists.  Each 1 hour podcast equals 1 CPD point.
Special offer for Friends of Salvos Legal!

As a friend of Salvos Legal we invite you and your colleagues to save 15% off your Podcast purchases using the code FOSL17 at checkout. This launch offer will end on June 30, 2017.

We hope you enjoy The Good Law Podcast and find it to be an informative and convenient way to gain your CPD points. 


Women Lawyers Association of NSW is proud to partner with The Growth Faculty in bringing, Women World Changers
THE PLATFORM for critical debate on leadership, diversity, talent and economics.

Join Australia’s top business, government and community leaders at this dynamic one-day leadership summit. With revolutionary speakers and an ambitious agenda, Women World Changers goes beyond reshaping the conversation to reshaping the game.

Gain thought leader perspective, real-world solutions and actionable insights on today’s most pressing equity issues:
  • The Politics of Equal Representation
  • The Economic Imperatives for Equity                                                   
  • Beyond the Business Case For Diversity
  • Parenting Parity and the Economic Value of Domestic vs Market-based Work
  • Reimagining Leadership: Unmaking the Myths of our Gendered Minds                                                                       
  • Power, Race and Privilege
  • Millennials – What Does This Tech-Savvy, Hyper-Connected Generation Really Want?
  • Leading with Influence and Impact
                    SEE OUR FULL AGENDA

Our outstanding global and domestic speakers bring best-of-class insight, real-world stories and inspiration to drive action.
More speakers to be announced...



Early bird discount on now. Save $200.
For more information, contact: | AUS: +61 2 9976 3304 | NZ: 0800 447 698
This lively and unmissable French box-office hit details the fascinating rise-and-fall story of the first popular Afro-Cuban artist of the French stage. Lavishly set in stunning Belle Époque Paris, it is beautifully realised through the energised performances of the charismatic Omar Sy (The Intouchables, 2011) and real-life circus-performer (and grandson of Charlie Chaplin), James Thierrée.

During the late 1800s, former slave Chocolat (Sy) is making a living in a provincial French circus performing the role of a tooth-baring cannibal named Kalanka — a surprisingly novel spectacle for the country people who have never seen a black man before. It is here that he impresses established performer George Footit (Thierrée) who takes him under his wing. Together, they develop a routine which catapults them to stardom, glamour and riches in Paris’ Nouveau Cirque. However, the satisfaction of success can only last so long as Chocolat’s desire for equality begins to take hold.
 Palace VeronaPalace Norton StDendy Opera QuaysDendy NewtownHayden Orpheum Picture Palace CremorneRoseville CinemasRitz CinemaAvoca Beach Picture Theatre & Tower Cinemas Newcastle

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