The Committee of WLASA may confer Honorary Membership upon any person who in the opinion of the Committee is fit to receive honorary membership.
Members are invited to contact the WLASA President by email if they wish to suggest a worthy nominee for Honorary Membership: firstname.lastname@example.org
WLASA has conferred Honorary Membership to:
The Honourable Margaret Nyland AM
The Honourable Margaret Nyland AM is a former Judge of the District Court of South Australia and the Supreme Court of South Australia. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the Commonwealth Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SA) and was the Royal Commissioner appointed to investigate the Child Protection System in South Australia. In 2005 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the judiciary human rights and the equal status of women .In her retirement she continues to mentor women in the profession including members of our committee. She has been the Patron of WLSA since its formation and is a life member. She also assists us with the organisation of our annual Long Lunch which is named and held in her honour.
The Honourable Dr Robyn Layton AO QC
The Honourable Dr Robyn Layton AO QC is a former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia and the South Australian Industrial Court and Commission, and the former Deputy President of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Currently, her Honour is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia’s School of Law and Life Member of the WLASA. Since her resignation from the Supreme Court in 2010, she has been a consultant for the Asian Development Bank on many gender development projects in Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Mongolia, Fiji and Lao PDR. She is now predominantly regularly working with judges and prosecutors on gender-based violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Dr Layton has provided a great deal of support and mentorship to WLASA. Her latest contribution is lending her name to our Award, the Honourable Dr Robyn Layton AO QC Award, which is awarded to honour a female lawyer in South Australia in recognition of their outstanding efforts in the law as a practising lawyer in South Australia.
The Honourable Judge Charlotte Kelly
The Honourable Judge Charlotte Kelly is a current Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Her Honour was a founding member of the Women Lawyers Association of South Australia and has been a consistent advocate for women’s rights in South Australia and beyond. In her earlier years of practice, Judge Kelly worked closely with victims of Domestic Violence in family law matters and volunteered her spare time to assist on a free legal hotline for females in need of legal assistance. Judge Kelly has actively supported the Women Lawyers Association of South Australia for over 30 years and was made a Life Member of the Women Lawyers Association in 2018.
Ms Christine Trenorden
Ms Christine Trenorden was formerly a Judge of the District Court of South Australia and the Senior Judge of the Environment, Resources and Development Court. She is also a Life Member of the National Environmental Law Association of Australia, and honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and in 2019 was honoured by the Law Council of Australia’s Legal Practice Section’s Environment and Planning Law Group for her significant, longstanding and ongoing contributions to public interest environmental law in Australia.
Currently, Ms Trenorden is a Visiting Professor in Law in the UCL Department of Chemical Engineering located at the Future Industries Institute of the University of South Australia, a member of the Board of the statutory Environment Protection Authority of SA, and of the Alexandrina Council’s Environmental Advisory Panel, engages in some project work and a is Life Member of the WLASA.