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Dear Members and Friends,

Please register now for the launch of the WLANSW Wollongong Chapter on Thursday 28th January at a Cocktail Event hosted by the University of Wollongong at The Terrace Restaurant & Bar. The RSVP date has been extended, however bookings must be confirmed by 25th January as detailed below. The Hon Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO of the Supreme Court of NSW, and Patron of WLANSW, will be the guest speaker. We hope you can join us for an evening of networking and inspiration!

The Executive Committee’s planning meeting will be held shortly, and we will be announcing a range of innovative events, workshops and resources for the coming year. Please check our Event Calendar for planned events, and details as they are confirmed.
If are not already a member, or if you have not yet renewed, I encourage you to take advantage of the half-year rates. Ordinary Membership is now available at $47.50; Regional Membership $25.00; Subsidised Membership $12.50 (Students/not full-time employed); Corporate Membership from $147.50 Level 1. Please visit our website for further information, to join online or download the membership form:

We look forward to your continued support during 2016.

Kind regards

Lee-May Saw



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‘Launch of WLANSW Wollongong Chapter’ Cocktail Event
Guest Speaker: The Hon Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO 

5.30pm for drinks and canapes Thursday 28th January 2016  
The Terrace Restaurant & Bar, Building 67 (McKinnon), University of Wollongong

Jane Mathews was the first woman judge in NSW.  She has sat (for seven years each) on the District Court of NSW, the Supreme Court of NSW and the Federal Court of Australia.  She is now an Acting Judge on the Supreme Court of NSW. 

Amongst her numerous other activities, she has been President of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Deputy President of the National Native Titles Tribunal, President of the Arts Law Centre of Australia, and Deputy Chancellor of the University of NSW.  

Jane has always had a strong interest in women and the law.  She was the founder of the Australian Association of Women Judges, and was the President of the International Association of Women Judges between 2004 and 2006.  She is Patron of the Women Lawyers Association of NSW.  She holds an honorary LLD from the University of Wollongong and Sydney Uni. In 2005 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Members of the profession, students and colleagues are invited to join the WLANSW President, Executive Committee Members, Wollongong Chapter Subcommittee Members, sponsors and distinguished guests, in celebrating the launch of the WLANSW Wollongong Chapter. All are welcome!
FREE: Bookings Essential
RSVP by 25th January (limited tickets):
Download the flyer and registration form 
Register online by clicking here  
We thank and acknowledge our local sponsors for this event: 
Wollongong Law Society
University of Wollongong, School of Law
Legal Intersections Research Centre @ UOW

Expressions of Interested in being Supported for Positions of Magistrate and Supreme Court Judge ACT
Australian Women Lawyers is consulting WLANSW as part of the consultation process being conducted by the ACT Attorney-General for the positions of Magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court and Resident Judge of the ACT Supreme Court.
Members and colleagues interested in being supported by WLANSW as part of this consultation process are encouraged to forward a one paragraph summary addressing their qualifications for the role of Magistrate or Resident Judge to the WLANSW Executive Officer Kathryn McKenzie at by 5:00pm Friday 29 January 2016.
Support via this consultation process does not replace a formal application to the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate, and potential applicants are encouraged to make a formal application. Further information about the application process and relevant selection criteria is available at
AWL questions federal level court appointments
Lawyers Weekly, 6 November 2015
Australian Women Lawyers has voiced its concern over the gender imbalance of the recent Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court appointments. Please
click here to read the full article.
Sydney IWD Breakfast, 7-9am  Tuesday 8th March 2016
Australian Technology Park (early bird prices end  31 January)

This International Women’s day, change her future. Together we can stop violence against women and girls.
Help change violence against women and girls, by joining us for our biggest annual fundraiser and Australia’s largest International Women’s Day events. Celebrate the successes of women past and present and make your commitment to eliminating violence against women. By attending an International Women’s Day (IWD) event and making a donation, you support UN Women’s work to transform the lives of women and girls in our region, for the better. Tickets to the events are selling fast! Purchase your Corporate Table at $1850, Premium Table $2400, and tickets for IWD 2016 today (Individual $95, Concession $77)  Please click here for details and registration
Registrations are now open for the 2016 Australian Women Lawyers 6th National Conference to be held at Crown Perth, Western Australia 8-10th April 2016. 
Early bird by 12th February 2016.
The AWL National Conference is the peak conference for female practitioners, leaders and senior professionals across the Australian legal sector. The conference programme includes a formal Welcome Reception at the Perth Federal Court Building for all delegates and a premier Gala Dinner. 
For further information about registration costs, accommodation options and other general information about the conference, please head to the conference website by clicking here.
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Stakeholder Information Sessions - 
Permanent Impairment Guidelines (4th edition)

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is hosting two free stakeholder information sessions on the main changes from the 3rd to the 4th edition of the NSW workers compensation guidelines for the evaluation of permanent impairment.
The stakeholder information sessions are intended for insurers, legal practitioners, medico-legal staff and those assessors of permanent impairment not required to complete mandatory update training. The sessions will be presented by highly experienced specialist doctors who were instrumental in the revisions to the Guidelines. 
The first information session will be videoed and uploaded to the SIRA website for interested stakeholders who do not attend the Information Sessions. The information sessions will be held at Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney.
Venue dates and times are:
Wednesday 24th February 2016                 10:30am - 12:30pm          
Thursday 10th March 2016                          6:00pm – 8:00pm
Seating is limited and bookings are essential. Register now:
If you have any queries regarding the Stakeholder Information Sessions,
please contact Maria Wilson on 4321 5341 or Margaret Lee on 4321 5324.
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