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Dear Members & Colleagues
Our events continue to be well attended with many selling out in advance, so please ensure you book early to avoid disappointment. Please note that ‘Foundation for escalated career progression’ breakfast seminar with Katrina Boyle21st July hosted by Clayton Utz, sold out early last week and we are unable to note any further on the wait list.
‘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 -  Photo Galleries are now available. The ‘Leadership Lunch Series’ launched in Newcastle 8th July with guest speaker Dominique Hogan-Doran SC, was a great success, and others are in the planning following their upcoming August event.

We have more inspiring events in the planning, and look forward to bringing you further details shortly. Please see below for event details for our upcoming events:
  • Thursday 28th July: ‘Lean In’ Mentoring Program, hosted by TressCox at 6pm
  • Thursday 28thJuly: PEWA & WLANSW Women in Environment & Law Networking drinks – “Leadership” hosted by Hall & Wilcox at 5.45pm
  • Thursday 4th August: ‘Leadership Lunch Series’ with Prof Ros Croucher AM12.30pm Newcastle Club
  • Thursday 11th August: ‘Where the Glass and Bamboo Ceilings Meet in the Australian Legal Profession’ in association with AALA, hosted by Bartier Perry at 5.30pm (Please note this event is by invitation only)


Support the organisation that has supported women in law since 1952.

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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 2017Please visit our website for details.

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

Kind regards

Lee-May Saw
‘Lean In’ Mentoring Program
Guest Speakers: Holly Lam, Senior Associate, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers & 
Laura Forsyth, Senior Associate, TressCox Lawyers 

6-8pm Thursday 28th July 2016 TressCox Lawyers, L16 MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney

Women practicing in all legal disciplines are warmly invited to join us for a presentation and discussion about ‘Lean In’ mentoring programs for young female lawyers. Take the opportunity to meet up with two experienced senior associates and hear their views on the benefits of mentoring and gain invaluable insight into how to make the most of your mentor/mentee relationship.
Holly Lam is a Senior Associate at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers specialising in insolvency; restructuring; general commercial litigation; and banking litigation. Holly advises and appears in all Australian Courts for clients such as insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, businesses, business owners and directors in the conduct of administrations, liquidations and general litigation. Holly’s experience includes liquidator’s examinations; voidable transaction claims (including unfair preferences, uncommercial transactions and insolvent trading); winding up proceedings; misleading and deceptive conduct claims; defending against proceedings brought by the ACCC for cartel conduct; and advising in relation to PPSA claims. Holly has been a member of the executive committee of WLANSW since 2013 and is the Treasurer of the WLANSW for 2016. Holly is passionate about encouraging new lawyers to fully embrace and own their careers; retaining women in law; and creating a legal profession that is fulfilling, flexible and welcoming.
Laura Forsyth, a Senior Associate at TressCox Lawyers, has expertise in various areas of property law including commercial leasing, property acquisition and disposal and pipelines.  Laura’s experience in leasing includes acting for listed property trusts, private landlords and tenants in drafting or advising on industrial, commercial and retail leases for various sites ranging in size from small retail arcades to stand alone retail leases, multi-story commercial buildings and large industrial estates.

Laura established TressCox’s first ‘Lean In Circles’ in February 2016 and is passionate about encouraging junior lawyers to seek out opportunities that will help them flourish in their careers.

Members $20 Non-Members $35, includes refreshments
click here for the flyer & registration form, or book and pay online
Proudly hosted by:

PEWA and WLANSW Women in Environment & Law Networking Drinks
Thursday, 28 July 2016, 5:45pm - 8:00pm
Hall & Wilcox Lawyers, Level 9, 60 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Please join us for some nibbles and drinks at PEWA and the WLANSW’s first joint networking event!
We have a very special guest speaker, Ms Chloe Munroe, Chair and CEO of the Clean Energy Regulator, who will be sharing her insights into the resilience involved in being a professional woman leader in environmental protection.

Chloe has had a distinguished career in both public and private sectors, with particular experience in infrastructure and resources. Prior to her appointment of Chair and CEO of the Clean Energy Regulator, Chloe was the Chair of the National Water Commission, the independent non-executive Chairman of AquaSure, the consortium building Victoria’s desalination plant, and a non-executive director of Hydro Tasmania.

FREE EventIf you would like to attend, please RSVP by Friday 22 July 2016. 
Please click here to register.

Contact: Sarah Porter, Events & Catering Co-ordinator, Hall & Wilcox T: 02 8267 3815
The aim of The Professional Environmental Women’s Association (PEWA NSW) is to bring together women who work in a broad range of sectors within the New South Wales environment and sustainability industry. This includes those working for private companies, government departments and private consultants.
Newcastle ‘Leadership Lunch Series’
Guest Speaker: Prof Rosalind Croucher AM
President, Australian Law Reform Commission
12.30pm Thursday 4th August 2016
Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen Street, Newcastle
(please note dress code)
Professor Rosalind Croucher AM 

Professor Croucher was appointed to the ALRC in February 2007, and in December 2009 as President. Prior to this she was Dean of Law at Macquarie University (Nov 1999–Feb 2007), where she continues as an Adjunct Professor.

She has lectured and published extensively, principally in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance and legal history. At the ALRC Professor Croucher has led nine law reform inquiries and is currently leading the inquiry on elder abuse.

In 2011 she was recognised as one of the 40 ‘inspirational alumni’ of UNSW, where she gained her PhD in 1994. In 2013 she was made an Honorary Life Member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of New South Wales. In 2014 Professor Croucher was acknowledged for her contributions to public policy as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac awards; and for her ‘outstanding contribution to the legal profession’ role in supporting and advancing women in the legal profession she was awarded the Australian Women Lawyer’s award.

In the Australia Day Honours list, 2015, Professor Croucher was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant service to the law as an academic, to legal reform and education, to professional development, and to the arts’.

In association with the Newcastle Law Society:

WLANSW & NLS Members $50; Non-Members $70 includes luncheon & refreshments.
RSVP: 28th July Please advise special dietary requirements 
Please click here for the flyer & registration form or book and pay online.
(Please note that you have to be a WLANSW member to access the member rate online. Newcastle Law Society members that are not WLANSW members, please complete the registration form and forward with payment)
“Where the Glass and Bamboo Ceilings Meet in the Australian Legal Profession”
Guest Speaker: Heather Price, CEO, Symmetra 
5.30-7.30pm Thursday 11th August 2016 
Bartier Perry, Level 10, 77 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

WLANSW is pleased to announce its first jointly hosted event with the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA).  This event will be the second event hosted by Bartier Perry with guest speaker and expert on unconscious bias, Heather Price of Symmetra ( following the success of our event in October 2015 on the topic of “Adopting a More Conscious Approach to Better Decision Making:  Counteracting Unconscious Bias in the Legal Profession”.

In this session on “Where the Glass and Bamboo Ceilings Meet in the Australian Legal Profession”, Heather will address the concept of intersectional diversity and will outline ways in which both individuals and management within the legal profession can tackle unconscious bias in relation to both gender and race.  

Please note this event is by invitation only.

Proudly hosted by:


Nominations Close on Friday 22nd July

Please nominate outstanding, inspiring and enlightening women whose hard work deserves recognition and appreciation. 
The achievements of such women can fall into one of three categories:
1. Endeavours to promote or enhance EQUAL RIGHTS in the workplace or community
2. Particular effort and engagement to an area of ADVOCACY OR LAW REFORM
3. Demonstration of exemplary commitment or conduct in COMMUNITY SERVICE
Anyone can nominate a colleague, friend or associate that they believe to be deserving. 
You will be asked for basic contact details and a short profile description of the nominee
and their work / campaign / project.

‘Balancing Law and Life’ – Papers on Flexible Work

As some members participated in the survey and interviews research project on ‘Balancing Law and Life’, I attach two recent papers on flexible work that might be of interest.
Work/life or work/work? Corporate legal practice in the twenty-first century, International Journal of the Legal Profession 
The Flexible Cyborg: Work-Life Balance in Legal Practice

Best wishes,
Professor Margaret Thornton
ANU Public Policy Fellow
ANU College of Law
The Australian National University


Positions for Returning Women Lawyers in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
We are pleased to make our members aware of an innovative initiative in the legal profession called the OnRamp Fellowship — the first “returnship” for female lawyers — which has just expanded from the U.S. into the Australian market for the first time with Herbert Smith Freehills.

This unique initiative began in January 2014 as a pilot program in the U.S. with four law firms (Hogan Lovells, Sidley, Cooley, and Baker Botts) to provide experienced female lawyers re-entering the profession after an extended career break with an opportunity to update their skills and contacts through paid, one-year Fellowship placements in law firms and legal departments.  In just two years, the Fellowship has extended its reach by placing female lawyers as well as financial services executives in 35 of the world’s top law firms, in-house legal departments, and financial services firms.

Please see below for more information on the positions available, eligibility requirements, and benefits to the female lawyers who participate.  If anyone you know is interested, please direct them to

Fellowship Positions Available
Together, Barclay’s Compliance Group, Amazon, BMO, Microsoft, and 28 participating firms have posted positions across the globe in 35 cities, including:  Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Broomfield, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Exton, Houston, Los Angeles, London, Melbourne, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando Palo Alto, Perth, Philadelphia, Portland, Princeton, Reston, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Sydney, Tampa, Twin Cities, and Washington, D.C. Opportunities exist in numerous practice areas within the participating organisations, including antitrust, compliance, corporate, emerging companies, finance, life sciences, labour and employment, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, securities, and tax. 

Program Eligibility
Candidates must have at least three years of experience and be returning from a career break of two or more years to apply for a Fellowship position.  Additionally, lawyer candidates must be admitted to practise in the jurisdiction where they plan to work.

Benefits to Participating Women Lawyers
  • A paid, one-year training contract with a top law firm or legal department to gain additional legal experience, skills, and contacts;
  • Unlimited, free access to online continuing legal education (CLE) courses;
  • Training by specialists in negotiations, leadership, oral advocacy, project management, and business development; and
  • Individualized counselling from experienced legal-career coaches.
AIJA Indigenous Justice Conference 
25-26 August 2016 at Alice Springs, Northern Territory

The links to the conference on the AIJA website can be found at:

Hard To Believe will have the Australian Premiere in Sydney on August 3rd, 2016, Event Cinemas, 525 George St, Sydney from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM (AEST), including a Q&A panel discussion. 
On August 4th, 2016, Hard To Believe will be screened at the NSW Parliament House from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (AEST), followed by a Q&A panel discussion.
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