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:


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.



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

WLASA AGM 14 September 2018!

We held our AGM on 14 September 2018. Congratulations to our new Committee!

Click here for more details

The Honourable Margaret Nyland AM Long Lunch, 22 June 2018

WLASA proudly partnered with the Law Society of South Australia to host the fifth Honourable Margaret Nyland AM Long Lunch on Friday 22 June 2018 at the National Wine Centre.

The Committee would like to extend particular thanks to our guest speaker, the Honourable Justice Judith Hughes, and major sponsors Lipman Karas and Notable Imprint.

Super and Tax Tips Seminar, 14 June 2018

Following a ‘sell-out’ event in 2017, the Women Lawyers’ Association of South Australia was pleased to again partner with PKF Adelaide to present a complimentary lunchtime seminar on Super and Tax Tips  for WLASA members and friends.

The Committee extends its thanks to PKF Adelaide Partners, Kathy Mazzachi, Nicole Peterson and Antoinette Tatarelli for hosting a highly informative and engaging seminar, with tailored advice for women in the legal profession.

You can find a copy of the presentation here.

International Women’s Day Breakfast, 9 March 2018

Ten of our Committee Members attended the IWD Breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday, 9 March 2018 to support the UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia.

Senator Penny Wong hosted the event and discussed the systemic discrimination in both the developing world and nationally. Senator Wong called upon both women and men to work together to achieve gender equity.

The guest speaker Tanya Hosch, General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy at the AFL delivered a brilliant speech on her role in promoting diversity in the sporting industry.

For more information, please head to:


WLASA Drinks with the Judiciary, 23 November 2017

The Annual WLASA Christmas Drinks with the Judiciary will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Thursday 23 November 2017 at MYLK BAR, 57 Flinders Street, Adelaide.

Places are still available if you would like to register to attend. Please RSVP to for catering and capacity purposes.

WLASA AGM and Mother-and-Infant Facilities Report Launch, 14 September 2017

The WLASA AGM was held on Thursday 14 September 2017 at Lyceum Club (Adelaide) Inc, 20/24 Leigh St, Adelaide.

WLASA would like to express their thanks to all attendees and those who provided assistance and contributed to another successful AGM.

The AGM was followed by the Launch of the Report Mother-and-infant Facilities at Adelaide Women’s Prison: A cost effective measure in the best interests of the child, presented by Juliette McIntyre of the UniSA School of Law.


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.



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:

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

On 9 April 2016 The Honourable Dr Robyn Layton AO QC 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 AO, 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.