The Women Lawyers’ Association of South Australia (WLASA)

Welcome to the website of the Women Lawyers’ Association of South Australia Inc. At our site you can find information about:

as well as many other things.  We trust you will find this site useful and informative.  If you have any feedback, enquiries or wish to contact us please do so by email at:



If you are looking for a female lawyer please use our Find a Female Lawyer directory which lists, by area of law, women solicitors practising in Adelaide, South Australia.

If you require the assistance of a female barrister, we suggest you use the Barrister Search of the South Australian Bar Association and check the ‘female’ box as part of your search criteria.



Diversity_Equality_logo (2)In 2015 WLASA signed the Law Council of Australia’s Diversity and Equality Charter.  The Charter is a statement of principles to acknowledge publicly a commitment to diversity and equality by the Australian legal profession. It is based on the principles of justice, integrity, equity and the pursuit of excellence upon which this profession is founded.

WLASA encourages all legal organisations to adopt the Charter here.



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Margaret Nyland AM Long Lunch, Friday 3 June


The time to book for the Margaret Nyland Long Lunch is fast approaching!  If you haven’t done so already, please book directly with the Law Society by either following this link: online registration or by completing the registration form: 2016_Margaret Nyland AM LL_Registration Form  RSVPs close Friday 27 May 2016.

Lipman KarasThe committee is excited about this year’s lunch, as always, but in particular as we will have the unique opportunity to hear from the Honourable Justice Michael David at the iconic National Wine Centre.

Justice David will  speak about his career progression and highlights, including his involvement in the SA war crimes trials, his insights into the challenges facing lawyers in the profession and, in the tradition of the Long Lunch, some light-hearted anecdotes of about his long-time friend and colleague, the Honourable Margaret Nyland AM!

Our thanks go to Major Sponsor, Lipman Karas, and Sponsor, Notable Imprint, for helping to make this event possible.

We hope to see you there.

Trailblazing Women in the Law

WLASA proudly supports and promotes The Trailblazing Women and the Law Project.

The Project will create, showcase and analyse the first publicly accessible, national, oral history of seven decades of Australia’s pioneer, ‘trailblazing’, women lawyers.

Follow this link to listen to the oral histories already made of many prominent Australian women lawyers: Interviews

Congratulations Dr Robyn Layton AO QC

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On 9 April 2016 The Honourable Dr Robyn Layton AO AC was awarded the 2016 Gordon and Jackson Australian Women Lawyers Award  (AWL Award).  The AWL Award recognises women who have provided long term leadership and commitment in the support and advancement of women in the legal profession.

The award was presented by the Patron of Australian Woman Lawyers, Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia the Hon. Diana Bryant OA AC, at the Gala Dinner of AWL’s 6th National Conference in Perth.

WLASA proudly nominated Dr Layton for this award.

WLASA would like to thank and acknowledge Federal Circuit Court Judge Charlotte Kelly, Professor Wendy Lacey, Kristie Molloy and Claire Falconer for their contributions to the nomination.

WLASA’s gratitude also goes to the members of our Recognising and Promoting Women Subcommittee, Taruna Heuzenroeder and Amy Challans, for preparing the winning nomination.

Law Society of SA leads the way on gender equity

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The Women Lawyers’ Association of South Australia congratulates Law Society of South Australia members for voting to support moves to provide greater equity.

In an Australian first, the Law Society of South Australia’s Annual General Meeting, on 26 October 2015, voted to have equal representation of the metropolitan members of its Council. Members voted overwhelmingly for changes to Executive; a second Vice-President position has been created and one of the Vice-Presidents must be a woman. A further two positions on the eight-person Executive must also now be filled by each gender.

WLASA hopes that these changes will provide leadership and aid wider changes to greater equity in the profession, particularly in light of the Law Society’s own Practising Certificate Survey 2014-15, released last week. The survey indicates a $20 000 pay gap between male and female lawyers of equal experience. It is also important to assist with the issues raised by the Law Council’s National Attrition and Re-engagement Study (NARS) report.

WLASA and the Law Society of South Australia have each signed the Diversity and Equality Charter which came out of the NARS report.

Inaugural LSSA Gender Equity in the Law Award


Congratulations to our very own Amy Challans, President of Australian Women Lawyers, who was awarded the Inaugural Gender Equity in the Law Award at the Law Society of South Australia (LSSA) Gala Dinner on Friday 5 September at the Intercontinental.  Click here to view photos from the event.

Our thanks go to Rocky Perrotta, President of the LSSA, and Claire O’Connor SC and Rebecca Sandford of the Gender Equity Working Group of the LSSA for establishing this award which aims to recognise an outstanding contribution to the advancement of women lawyers, and/or a recognisable contribution to issues in legal practice which affect women.

Elected Committee and 2015 Annual Report

Thank you to those members who attended our AGM on Thursday 30 July 2015 and thank you to DMAW Lawyers for providing us with the use of their very pleasant conference room for this event.  Follow this link to download a copy of the Annual Report 2014-15.  Click here to view previous years’ Annual Reports.

Congratulations to our newly elected President, Leah Marrone and our new committee members Marissa Romalis, Marta Vezzosi and Kylie Dunn.  Thank you to all our continuing committee members and all the time they volunteer for WLASA.  Click here to find out more about the members of this year’s Committee.

Report – Human Rights Commission

On Friday 25 July 2014, the Australian Human Rights Commission launched the Report of the Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review (SWP Report). The National Review examined the prevalence, nature and consequences of discrimination at work related to pregnancy, parental leave and return to work.  Follow this link to download a full copy of the Report or follow this link for a brief synopsis: Community Guide.

The WLASA contributed to the SWP Report by making a written submission to the Human Rights Commission.  WLASA also provided comments to the Law Council of Australia to assist in the preparation of its submission to the Human Rights Commission.  The submissions by WLASA and the Law Council of Australia focused on the issue of pregnancy related discrimination as it affects the legal profession and areas for potential law reform.  Click here to view the submissions.

Law Council of Australia – National Report on Attrition and Re-engagement (NARS)

Why women leave the legal profession and do not re-engage is an important issue for the national profession and one which has been a priority for the Law Council of Australia.  Click here to read more about the report.  A copy of the report can be downloaded here: NARS Final Report (14 March 2014)

Corporate Membership Launch
WLASA hosted its Corporate Membership Launch event on Thursday 31 October 2013 at The Marquis.  It was a very successful event and the Committee wishes to say a big thank you to all the firms who attended, our very first Corporate Member Clelands Lawyers and to those firms who signed up at or before our event: Duncan Basheer Hannon, Australian Executor Trustees, Lipman Karas and Camatta Lempens.  We look forward to working in partnership with our Corporate Members in achieving our goals and ambitions.  Click here to see photos from the event. If you are a South Australian law firm or an organisation who employs lawyers and wish to become a Corporate Member please visit our join/renew page or contact our Corporate Member Liaison Officer, Adeline Lim: 81271644 /