Education

WLASA hosts a number of educational events each year to further its objects, to support law students identify a range of career paths and to promote the association’s policy objectives.   These activities include:

WLASA also sponsors Academic Prizes in the following law subjects to recognise the importance of furthering the understanding of legal rights of women and to contribute to the eradication of discrimination against women:

  • Women’s Rights and the International Protection of Human Rights (Flinders University)
  • Anti-discrimination and Equality Law (The University of Adelaide)

These prizes are consistent with our aims of increasing opportunities for women in the legal profession.

CPD

It is an aim of WLASA to host two Free-for-Member CPD sessions each calendar year in around March and September.  If you have any suggestions for topic that we should address, are willing to be a presenter at one of our seminars or have a venue for us to use please contact the Chair of our Education Subcommittee, Kylie Dunn, by email at admin@wlasa.org.au

Unrepresented Litigants, Tuesday 11 October 2016

One Tuesday, 11 October 2016, WLASA its latest CPD at Finlaysons.

The topic “The Ethics of Dealing with Unrepresented Litigants” was presented by an expert panel of speakers comprising barristers Gillian Walker, Kerry Clark and Taruna Heuzenroeder and Coordinator & Senior Solicitor for JusticeNet, Angela Hastings.  We thank our hosts, Finlaysons, for yet again generously providing their conference space for this event.

Networking and Relationship Building, Wednesday 23 March 2016Minter Ellison

On Wednesday, 24 March 2016 WLASA proudly hosted its first Free-for-Members CPD session for 2016 at Minter Ellison.

Donny Walford of Behind Closed Doors presented on the topic: “Networking and Relationship Building?”  The session was worth 1 CPD point in Professional Skills.  Those who attended were impressed with the insights, tips and strategies provided by Donny about becoming an effective networker and the importance of having an ‘elevator speech’.  We thank our hosts, Minter Ellison, for their hospitality and support.

The ABC of Mediation, 15 September 2015

On Tuesday 15 September 2015 WLASA proudly hosted its second Free-for-Members CPD session for 2015 at the Legal Services Commission.

Ruth Beach, lawyer and mediator, presented on the topic: “The ABC of MediationHow much do you really know about mediation and what it has to offer?”  The session was worth 1 CPD point in professional skills.  Those who attended were impressed with the insights, tips and strategies provided by Ruth.  We hope to have Ruth back in at a future event to present on the ethical obligations and issues that can arise during a mediation.

Communication Beyond Words, 3 March 2015

On Tuesday 3 March 2015, WLASA hosted its first CPD Seminar for 2015 at Fisher Jeffries.

The topic  “Communication Beyond Words – Practical Tips and Strategies to Build Effective Relationships” was presented by Jodie Nevid from the 7 Effect. ”. The event was well attended, including by a number of individuals from Corporate Member firms.  Feedback received considered the session to be useful and engaging.  We thank our hosts, Fisher Jeffries, for their hospitality and support. Thanks also go to the 7 Effect for a very practical and informative presentation.

** For those who attended please note: Ordinarily WLASA sends attendees a certificate of attendance, but unfortunately on this occasion it was not possible for us to do so due to an administrative glitch – we provided a form for attendees to sign in and provide their name, but did not ask for attendee’s email addresses.  If you require a certificate of attendance, please email the Chair of our CPD Subcommittee, Rebecca Sandford, at admin@wlasa.org.au who will confirm your attendance and provide you with a certificate.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

Lawyers and the Media, 11 September 2014

On 11 September 2014, WLASA hosted its second CPD Seminar for 2014 at Finlaysons.  Jayne Stinson spoke on the topic “Lawyers and the Media“.  Her presentation was very informative, covering topics such at common traps, tips for dealing with the media and how to use the media to further your and your clients’ interests.  Jayne drew on years of experience dealing with both lawyers and journalists.  The seminar included a lovely lunch generously sponsored by Finlaysons and attendees picked up 1 compulsory CPD point in Professional Skills.  For those who attended, a Certificate of Attendance and seminar notes will be emailed to you.

Ethics Hypotheticals, Tuesday 4 March 2014

On Tuesday 4 March the Association is hosted its first CPD Seminar for the year.  The panel discussion consisted of Hon. Margaret Nyland AM, Kerry Clark, Mark Rankin and Gaetana Marjas and was chaired by the WLASA’s Rebecca Stanford.  Thank you very much to Minter Ellison for providing an excellent venue and hospitality.  By all reports it was a very interesting and informative session and we would also like to thank all the guest speakers for their comprehensive preparation for the questions posed

Law Student Career Fairs

Women Lawyers of South Australia frequently attend law school career fairs to meet students and update them on the aims and events of the association.

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On 23 March 2016, Our President, Leah Marrone, and Secretary, Christina von Muenster, once again had the pleasure of attending this event.  Our Committee always enjoys meeting the fresh faces of the Flinders University law students and updating them on the activities of the WLASA.

2015 Flinders University Law Careers Fair

On 16 March 2015 the Association again made its presence felt at the annual Law Careers Fair.  Our newest member of the Committee, Marissa Mackie, and Secretary, Christina von Muenster attended.  We are always pleased and encouraged by the infectious enthusiasm the students and we wish them all the very best with their legal careers.

2014 Flinders University Law Careers Fair

On the 31 March 2014 the Association was again an exhibitor at the annual Flinders University Law Careers Fair.  Christina von Muenster and Rebecca Sandford attended on behalf of the Association.  The ladies had a wonderful time meeting many enthusiastic female law students and encouraged them to join, attend our functions and meet and get to know all the excellent members of our Association.

2013 Adelaide Law School – Alternative Careers In the Law Seminar

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On the 27 May 2013 the Association together with the Adelaide University Law Students’ Society hosted its annual ‘Alternate Career In The Law’ seminar at The University of Adelaide. Aimed at final year law students the seminar consisted of a range of speakers who have forged diverse career paths since graduating from law school and was designed to assist them consider the question: ‘Where to after law school?’.

The Association would like to thank this years panel members:

  • Joanne Deuter – Anthony Mason Chambers
  • Mander Edwards – Legal Services Commission
  • Anne Walker – Australian Services Union
  • Alicia Burgemeister – Vitera
2013 Flinders University Law Careers Fair

On the 18 March 2013 the Association attended the annual Flinders University Law Careers Fair as a exhibitor to provide an opportunity for law students to find our more about our organisation.  During the evening the Association spoke with many students about the importance of developing networks and encouraged them to become actively involved in the profession.