Australian Women Lawyers 6th National Conference (AWL2016) was held in Perth at the Crown Perth complex from 8 – 10 April 2016. The theme of the conference was “Where do we want to be in 5 years”. WLASA was fortunate to be able to sponsor one of its members Emily Rutherford to attend the conference. Emily’s attendance was possible due to the generosity of our Patron the Honourable Margaret Nyland AM.
In October 2014 WLASA was very proud to have been able to sponsor two of its members to attend the Australian Women Lawyers Biennial National Conference AWL 2014 – Change, Challenge, Achieve. The two lucky applicants were Samara Bell of Griffins Lawyers and Adrienne Lea who was a final year law student at Adelaide University at the time and is now working at the ALRM. Their attendance was made possible through the generosity of our Patron the Honourable Margaret Nyland AM and of Australian Women Lawyers by providing discounted tickets to the conference program.
An article they wrote about the conference has just been published in the March edition of the Law Society’s Bulletin Magazine and we invite everyone to read it: LSBMarch2015_AWL 2014 Conference Article
By all accounts the AWL Conference was thoroughly enjoyable and educational. Click here to see photos from the event.
AWL’s next conference is planned for 2016 and will be held in Perth. We will provide more details on this event in due course. We hope to put together a big South Australian contingent for what will certainly be an outstanding event.
On 18 October 2013 AWL was delighted to be involved in the annual Women in Law Awards held at the Sofitel in Melbourne.
Immediate Past President Kate Ashmor hosted the Awards and AWL President Amy Challans presented the key note speech.
Attended by 250+ guests AWL President Amy Challans spoke about the importance of women taking individual and collective responsbility for supporting, promoting and actively advancing the achievement of women in the profession.
Sponsored by Lawyers Weekly this annual event recognises and rewards female legal professionals that have challenged, influenced or changed the practice of law in Australia.
This year the Women in Law Awards recognised outstanding contributions from nominees across the following ten categories:
AWL was delighted to be involved in this event and congratulates the following winners:
The Jacinta Fish Legal Mentor Award
Gina Cass-Gottlieb -Gilbert + Tobin
The Negocio Resolutions Pro Bono Award
Patricia Matthews – King & Wood Mallesons
The ACLA In-house Award
Emma White – Office of Legal Services Coordination
The Female Partner Award
Sandy Mak -Corrs Chambers Westgarth
The Lasting Legacy Award
Sharon Cook -Managing Partner -Henry Davis York
The Monash University Future Star Award
Vanessa Warburton -Minter Ellison
The Forensic Document Services Law Student Award
Roberta Foster – Monash University
The Taylor Root Law Firm Diversity Award
Baker & McKenzie
The Senior Barrister Award
Chrissa Loukas SC -Public Defenders Chambers
The Sheahan Lock Partners Junior Barrister Award
Dr Ruth Higgins -Banco Chambers
Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) celebrated its 15th Anniversary in style with a Gala Dinner at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne on Saturday 17 August 2013. It was great to see a large contingency of members at the event to celebrate the achievements of AWL. The key note speaker Amanda Vanstone entertained guests with many humorous anecdotes from her political career. The dinner also provided an ideal opportunity for attendees to mingle with representatives from each of the State and territory constitutional bodies. The President of AWL also promoted the upcoming National Conference in Adelaide in 2014.