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Dear Members & Colleagues

Our annual Law Week 16-20th May events continued our theme of ‘Leadership with ‘Life in the Law’in Wollongong 17th May hosted at University of Wollongong and sponsored by DGB Lawyers; ‘Law as a Career – Coming to the Bar’ Newcastle 18th May hosted by Newcastle Law School; ‘Law as a Career – Coming to the Bar’ Sydney 18th May hosted by Martin Place Chambers; and The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers biannual networking event 20th May at the Law Society of NSW. Please visit our Photo Gallery to view the event photos.

Please see below for event details for our upcoming events:
  • ‘Building assertiveness, communication and interpersonal skills’ lunch workshop with Josie Wakim 16th June hosted by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers;
  • Inspiration before Breakfast with Anne Healey ‘2015 Woman Lawyer of the Year’, 22nd June hosted by Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers;
  • ‘Foundation for escalated career progression’ breakfast seminar with Katrina Boyle, 21st July hosted by Clayton Utz
Please check our Event Calendar for upcoming events as they are confirmed.

2017 Membership is now available, and we encourage you to renew or join now for membership valid to 30 June 2017. Please visit our website for details.

We look forward to your ongoing support and seeing you at an event soon.

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.

Building assertiveness, communication and interpersonal skills
Guest Speaker: Josie Wakim, Psychologist & Coach
12.30pm for lunch & 1pm seminar – 1.45pm Thursday 16th June 2016
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Level 32, 201 Elizabeth St, Sydney

Josie Wakim is an experienced Psychologist in Counselling (Clinical and Forensic) and Coaching Psychology (Government, Corporate, Private and Personal).

In life we are often faced with challenges that sometimes overwhelm us, even though we may have families and friends, or may be able to deal with things on our own, the real issues are often hidden under many layers of uncertainty, painful memories and life stress, which impact on our ability to understand the Self and the Other.

Recognising challenges and barriers with the principals of 3Cs (Courage, Choices, Change). The first point of any behavioural change is the recognition that a challenge or issue exists. Secondly, to look at barriers that are preventing you from making decisions that can instigate change. Thirdly, an understanding that change is not always easy, yet, it is possible with the right support and attitude.

During this session you will gain insights about: 
  • Self and Other
  • WIN-WIN Philosophy
  • Mindfulness
  • Re-Think Stress Less
  • EVP (Evidence Based Practice: Positive Outcomes)
Members $20 Non-Members $35, includes light luncheon
click here for the flyer & registration form, or book and pay online

Proudly hosted by:

Inspiration before Breakfast: Anne Healey 
‘2015 Woman Lawyer of the Year’

7.30 for breakfast & networking – 8.45am Wednesday 22nd June 2016  
Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers, Level 18 St James Centre, 111 Elizabeth St, Sydney

Anne Healey has practiced at the Bar for 21 years. She was a solicitor from 1987 to 1994, working for Aboriginal and community legal services, in law reform, and as a public prosecutor.  She has specialised in criminal law, but has expertise in personal injury, discrimination, civil and human rights law and family provision.

She was elected to Bar Council from 2006 to 2014, serving as Honorary Secretary from 2011 to 2012. She has worked on numerous committees, including the Finance Audit & Investment, Human Rights and Criminal Law Committees. She has mentored many women lawyers and law students as a tutor, employer, and also as a judge and coach of women’s university mooting and trial advocacy competitions. 

Anne has been a member of Women Lawyers since 1986, and was on the Executive in 1987. She has been a consistent supporter of and role model for women lawyers in both the city and in regional New South Wales. Anne was awarded ‘Women Lawyer of the Year’ in the ‘2015 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards’.
Anne will share her career experiences and insights with us, and how leadership has been a factor in her journey.
Members $20pp Non-Members $35pp, includes light breakfast.
Please click here for the flyer & registration form, or register & pay online.

Proudly hosted by:
‘Foundation for escalated career progression’ 
Guest Speaker: Katrina Boyle, Executive Coach, Speaker and Author 
7am breakfast & networking, 7.30am Seminar – 8.45am Thursday 21st July 2016
Clayton Utz, Level 15, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney

In the legal profession women remain under-represented in senior roles and are often subject to a gender pay gap higher than average. Whilst some initiatives are being implemented to reduce this imbalance on a national scale, aspiring women must develop their foundational skills to ensure escalated career progression and salary acceleration.

In order to position themselves for promotion and increase their salary, females require more than just a wealth of experience in their field. They must also have the ability to negotiate their remuneration, identify and market their talents, and communicate on these areas assertively. In the Foundation for escalated career progression workshop Katrina Boyle will provide practical tips and proven strategies which have empowered many women in the legal industry to progress their careers and increase their salaries.
Katrina was a senior executive and had extensive experience in management positions over 20 years including different functional roles across HR, Marketing, Communications and Sales. She now operates her own business as an executive coach, speaker, author and facilitator with a focus on empowering women and leaders to navigate change.
Drawing on her academic qualifications in commerce and human resources as well as her extensive experience as a business leader, Katrina works with clients across various industries including IT, communications, legal, financial, and manufacturing and these organisations range from medium sized to blue-chip corporations. 
A passionate coach, Katrina specialises in change management, self-promotion and salary negotiation to help women and leaders develop practical solutions to be empowered to change.  Katrina developed The Achieving Woman, a program specifically designed to empower women to escalate their career progression and accelerate their salary increases. For further information, please visit:
Members $20 Non-Members $35, includes light breakfast
Please click here for the flyer & registration, or book and pay online

Proudly hosted by:
Unfinished Business? Workshop
Date:               Friday, 27 May 2016
Time:               11:00am for 11:15am start to 3:30pm
Location:        Research Hub.  Building 19 Room 2072.  University of Wollongong

This workshop is a partnership between LIRC, (FIRE), and the South Coast Writers Centre.
Australia is in the throes of a public Recognition campaign, focused upon constitutional reform. As Professor Megan Davis wrote ‘[u]nbeknown to most Australians there has been a backlash against the recognition project in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Put simply, the project is not hearing Indigenous voices calling for more substantial reform. Recently, Paul Keating weighed in, stating that the recognition campaign had lost direction, and in referring to unfinished business, he invoked the need for a treaty. As Davis reminds us a treaty lays down the foundational principles of a new form of engagement. However, as the experiences in New Zealand and Canada make clear, this has not always happened.
For more information and to RSVP.
Deliberations and Dilemmas in the Digital Age

Join us at the 10th Council of Australasian Tribunals NSW Chapter (COAT NSW) Annual Conference on 26 August 2016, at Dockside, Darling Harbour. 
·        Hear about the impact of social media from keynote speaker Benjamin Law. 
·        Explore the world of paperless Tribunal hearings.   
·        Share a view from the Supreme Court on Tribunal decision making with Justice Mark Leeming, of the NSW Court of Appeal.
·        Refresh your online legal research skills. 
·        Learn how to keep yourself safe online and in hearings from Security Adviser Tim Creehan and James Griffin of KPMG.
·        Update your skills in dealing with evidence obtained from “smart” devices with barrister Miiko Kumar. 

Early bird registrations are now open! Guarantee a place for yourself or your colleagues by registering online now. The discounted early bird rate ends 30 June 2016- $370 Member, $420 Non-Member. Please click here to download the Conference Program.

To access the member rate, you must be a current financial member. Please click HERE for the Membership Form and email to

If you have any queries, please contact our conference organisers at the Centre for Social Impact at or phone 02 8936 0904.
Improving Court Practice in Family Violence Cases Conference
Melbourne, 15-17 June 2016

The link to the conference:

Violence in the Media: The Stories and the Science
Presented by Australian Council on Children and the Media in partnership
with Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University
Monday 18 July, 2016, 9am - 5pm 
Parliament of New South Wales Theatrette, Macquarie St, Sydney

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew P Scipione APM - Opening address

The conference line-up features a range of international scholars:
This conference will be of relevance to those whose work or interests fall in several key areas: those working with children 
(educators, counsellors, psychologists, paediatricians, GPs, community workers etc.), 
those working with victims of violence or domestic violence, policy makers and journalists.   
Conference website BOOK NOW
Full price $195
ACCM members  $165 (apply to ACCM for booking code)
Concessions available for seniors and students (apply to ACCM for booking code)
For more information contact ACCM
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