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: admin@wlasa.org.au

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Find a Female LawyerFIND A FEMALE LAWYER

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.

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DIVERSITY & EQUALITY CHARTER

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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Latest News

2016 Elected Committee and 2016 Annual Report

Thank you to those members who attended our AGM on Thursday 1 September 2016 and thank you to Minter Ellison Lawyers for hosting us.  This year’ AGM was a very well attended and fun event and attendees were privileged to hear Sandra Dann from the Working Women’s Centre speak about this very important community legal service.

Follow this link to download the 2015-16 Annual Report.  Click here to view previous years’ Annual Reports.

Congratulations to our new committee members Susan Cole, Kymberley Lawrence, Rebecca Lucas, Camille McDonald, Shannon McMenamin, Emily Rutherford and Nicole Santinon.  Also a huge thank you to all our continuing committee members for the valuable time they volunteer for WLASA.   Click here to find out more about the members of this year’s Committee.

Free for Member CPD, Tuesday 11 October 2016

The Women Lawyers Association of South Australia will be holding its next CPD on Tuesday, 11 October 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at Finlaysons (81 Flinders Street, Adelaide)

The topic is “The Ethics of Dealing with Unrepresented Litigants” and we are excited to announce our panel of speakers comprising barristers Gillian Walker, Kerry Clark and Taruna Heuzenroeder, and Coordinator & Senior Solicitor for JusticeNet, Angela Hastings. The seminar is worth 1 CPD point in Practical Legal Ethics.  Nibbles and refreshments provided.

Places are strictly limited so please complete the registration form and return it to us at admin@wlasa.org.au as soon as possible, and by no later than 4 October 2016.

We look forward to seeing you there.

CPD Registration form

Save the Date – Annual Christmas Drinks with the Judiciary, Thursday 17 November 2016

Please put this very important date in your diary – more details will be available soon.

WLASA Launches its Find a Female Lawyer directory

On 27 July 2016 the Honourable Chief Justice Chris Kourakis officially launched  the Find a Female Lawyer directory.  WLASA is proud to provide this new and unique service to its members and hopes it proves  helpful to members of the public who would like to access a female lawyer.

Download the media release here.

Thank you to everyone who spoke at and attended the launch event and to our sponsors JPE Design Studio and Wine Direct.

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the event.

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Mother and Baby Facilities for SA Prison

On 6 June 2016 WLASA published a media release calling on the South Australian Minister for Correctional Services, the Hon Peter Malinauskas MLC, to fund a mother and baby facility in South Australia’s corrections system.  The media release can be downloaded here.

This is the first step in a campaign by the WLASA which will continue until conditions are improved for mothers and babies in the SA Women’s Prison.  If you would like to know more or wish to get involved please contact our President, Leah Marrone by email at: president@womenlawyerssa.org.au

Margaret Nyland AM Long Lunch, Friday 3 June

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Margaret Nyland Long Lunch at the National Wine Centre.

The committee thanks our guest speaker the Honourable Justice Michael David and emcee Daniella Di Girolamo and of course our partners the Law Society of South Australia and sponsors Lipman Karas and Notable Printing for making this day possible.

Click here to see photos from the event!  Please contact us if you would like high resolution copies.

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

For more information on how to help this Project achieve its aim of creating an on-line exhibition, visit our page dedicated to the Project: Trailblazing Women in the Law Project

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.

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 / adeline.lim@aetlimited.com.au.