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Women Silks Celebration Drinks
5.30 pm Wednesday 7th November 2018 
Verandah Restaurant Bar
55-65 Elizabeth St, Sydney

The Women Barristers Forum in association with WLANSW invites you to join us for champagne and canapes to celebrate the appointment of women senior counsel for 2018. 

Guest speaker will be The Hon Justice Lucy McCallum.

All are welcome. Early bird registration ($80pp; under 5s young lawyers $70pp) ends 1 November 2018, then $85pp & $75.
Newcastle Christmas Drinks
5:30pm Thursday 8th November 2018
Queens Wharf Hotel
150 Wharf Rd, Newcastle
Join us harbour-side to celebrate and catch up with friends and colleagues for the festive season. Share platters provided; purchase your own drinks.
FREE Event. Bookings essential.
Welcome to the Law Inaugral Trivia Night
6-9pm Thursday 15 November 2018   
Baker McKenzie
Tower One - International Towers Sydney 
100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Join us for a fun-filled night of trivia where all the questions will be about your favourite fictional lawyers and the legal problems they solve.
Register without delay as tickets at $30pp are limited and sure to sell out quickly!
Wollongong Christmas Cocktails
5:30pm Thursday 22nd November 2018
Wollongong Golf Club
151-161 Corrimal St, Wollongong
Join us to celebrate and catch up with friends and colleagues for the festive season!  
Tickets include a 4-hour drink package with canapes.

Members $70 ; Non-Members/Guests $80.
Christmas Cocktails
6pm Tuesday 27th November 2018  (following our AGM at 5.30pm)
Union University & Schools Club, 25 Bent St, Sydney

Please note etiquette and dress code at the Union University & Schools Club:
The Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW invites you to join us and distinguished guests for our annual end of year drinks event.
Members $40; Non-Members/Guests $50


2018 Law Firm Comparison Report – full report and details now available

Analysis of the latest figures on the advancement of women in law firms, and an overview of recent research conducted by the University of Sydney in the Australian Women’s Working Futures Project, was hosted at the University of Sydney Business School on the 24 October.
The Women Lawyers Association of NSW launched the 2018 Law Firm Comparison Report with presentations from, and discussion with, our panel of speakers. This project is the sixth time this analysis has been conducted by the Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales (WLANSW) since 2012.  This year’s analysis and has been greatly enhanced by the selection of the project by the University of Sydney Policy Lab as one of its inaugural policy research projects.

Please click here for the full report.
Please click here for the WLANSW-WGEA Statistical Report
Please click here to view the presentation.
Please click here for the Press Release.

Further details about this project are available on our website - au/workplace-practices.
Preliminary Submissions to NSW Law Reform Commission –
review of consent laws in relation to sexual assault offences

WLANSW have reviewed the decision of Lazarus v R [2017] NSWCCA 279 and made the following submission in relation to potential reforms to consent laws in New South Wales. Please click here to read the full submission, lodged October 2018.

Please click here to view further information in regard to this review by the NSW Law Reform Commission.

Bystander policies and their importance in combating sexual harassment and bullying
Eliminating poor behaviour in the workplace is everybody’s responsibility, and the onus cannot simply fall to the victim of said behaviour, say two presidents of women lawyer associations.

Cultural change is more likely to occur, and more rapidly, if employees were empowered and obligated to report conduct they consider to be unlawful, by way of workplace bystander policies and obligations to report, said acting president of NSW Women Lawyers and barrister Larissa Andelman.

“Spreading the burden of dealing with this unlawful conduct across the organisation with particular focus on persons who have some authority and power would be a potent and positive measure to reduce the occurrence of sexual harassment,” she said.

Australian Women Lawyers president Ann-Maree David agreed, saying that empowering bystanders who witness sexual harassment or bullying is essential in addressing and ultimately eradicating such behaviour.

Please click here to view the full Lawyers Weekly article

NSW crown solicitor to become NCAT president and judge

NSW has appointed a new Supreme Court judge and president of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Lea Armstrong has been announced in the position by the state’s Attorney-General, Mark Speakman, and will be sworn in as a Supreme Court judge on 31 October. She will begin her five-year term as NCAT president on the same day. 
Speaking on the appointment, Mr Speakman said “Ms Armstrong is an exceptional lawyer, a trailblazer and a proven leader who has served with distinction over the past three years as the state’s first female Crown Solicitor.”  Please click here to view the full article by Lawyers Weekly.


5.30pm Friday 30th November, 2018
Screening 5.30pm to approx. 7.15pm, followed by networking drinks & light refreshments Cost: $30pp
Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square, Sydney
The Australian Association of Women Judges invites you to attend a screening of this movie which follows one of the first female judges to serve in an Islamic court of law.  It has been described as “an intimate profile of Kholoud al-Faqih, who in 2009 was one of two women appointed to preside over a sharia court in the West Bank — becoming the first in that role in the Palestinian territories and still among only a few such female judges in the world.”

Please click here for the flyer with registration details.


The Feminist Writers Festival is thrilled to be coming to Sydney for the first time from 1 to 3 November in collaboration with UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion.

Over three days, featuring 13 sessions and over 40 speakers, we’ll bring you some of Australia’s leading feminist thinkers to explore ‘rewriting the story’ through a range of panels and workshops about activism, fiction and the intersectional lives of women.

FWF Sydney aims to spark conversation, connection and action. We are proud to welcome writers, activists and feminists such as Larissa Behrendt, Brooke Boney, Eva Cox, Anna Funder, Erin Gough, Ruby Hamad, Anita Heiss, Zoya Patel, Jenna Price, Shirleene Robinson, Siv Parker, Rebecca Shaw, Tracey Spicer, Anne Summers, Lucy Watson, Alison Whittaker and Fiona Wright.

Check out the Feminist Writers Festival’s 2018 Sydney sessions across three days of programming: ThursdayFridaySaturday. Or download a PDF of the entire FWF Sydney Program. To purchase tickets click here.

VENUE -  UTS, Ultimo: Thursday sessions at the Building 6; Friday and Saturday sessions at Building 8.



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