Membership

Our members come from all sectors of the legal profession including private practice, public sector, courts, universities, judiciary and women not currently practising law.

Female lawyers practising in South Australia wishing to appear in our Find a Female Lawyer directory may do so by becoming a WLASA member.

Please click a membership type below for more information.

Honorary Membership

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: president@womenlawyerssa.org.au

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.

Corporate Membership

WLASA is proud to offer Corporate Membership to all South Australian law firms and organisations who employ lawyers.  If you have any questions about becoming a Corporate Member please contact our Corporate Member Liaison Officer, Adeline Lim, (T) 8127 1644 (E) adeline.lim@aetlimited.com.au.

To view a list of our current Corporate Members click here.

Eligibility

Corporate Membership of the Association is open to partnerships, firms, incorporated entities or similar bodies who employ persons who hold a law degree, are studying law or who are otherwise eligible to practice law in South Australia.

Benefits of Membership

As a Corporate Member your legal staff (including principals, employees, law clerks and law students) both male and female, will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Attendance at WLASA events at member discounted rates
  • Invitations to attend free-for-members WLASA hosted CPD sessions each year
  • Optional inclusion for legal staff in the Find a Female Lawyer Directory
  • Access to a support network of women lawyers extending beyond the workplace including informal mentoring, career advice and friendship
  • Provision of regular newsletters from our national body, Australian Women Lawyers
  • Regular communication via email and the WLASA Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages
  • Discounts and promotions for services from other like-minded organisations, we will advise you of such promotions by email

In addition, your organisation will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Provision of copies of policies, law reform papers and other publications relevant to the promotion and support of women practising law in South Australia
  • Listing on the ‘Corporate Member’ page of the WLASA website together with a link to your website
  • Use of the WLASA “Corporate Member” logo in your marketing materials, website, email signature etc at your election
  • Opportunities to be the exclusive sponsor of certain WLASA events
  • Entitlement to one vote at each year’s WLASA Annual General Meeting and other meetings of Members, to be exercised by a nominated delegate

Most importantly, as a Corporate Member your firm will be seen to be endorsing and supportive of WLASA’s goals and ambitions. Your contribution will help us to improve our services and support for South Australian women in the law.

Joining and Renewing Membership

Corporate Membership is renewable each financial year and is charged according to the number of eligible legal personnel engaged by the organisation as follows:

  • $150.00          1 – 5 lawyers and community legal centres:
  • $350.00          6 – 15 lawyers:
  • $800.00         16 – 30 lawyers:
  • $1,200.00      31 or more lawyers:

Both new and existing members must complete a Corporate Membership Form when they join or renew in addition to paying their membership fees. You can register and pay online by credit card or EFT here.

Find a Female Lawyer Directory

The Find a Female Lawyer Directory is a searchable database for female solicitors practising in South Australia.

If you would like some or all of your staff to appear in the Directory an additional fee of $30.00 per person applies. You will be prompted to add in details for the directory after your membership has been processed. If you are already a member and would like to add someone to the directory, please click here to pay and add in the details.

More Information

Follow this link to download an information flyer: WLASA 2019 2020 Corporate Flyer

Please note all communication with our members is via e-mail.  Please contact our Corporate Member Liaison Officer, Adeline Lim, if your contact details change at any time or you have any questions regarding joining or renewing your membership: (T) 8127 1644 (E) adeline.lim@aetlimited.com.au

Individual Membership


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Ordinary Membership of WLASA is open to individuals who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Hold a law degree
  • Studying for a law degree
  • Otherwise eligible to practice law in South Australia

We currently have more than 1,000 members in South Australia.

MEMBER BENEFITS

As an Ordinary Member you are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Membership rates for yourself to all of our events
  • Voting rights at all meetings of members of WLASA
  • The ability to nominate for election on the WLASA Committee
  • Optional inclusion for practising lawyers on the Find a Female Lawyer directory on our website
  • Invitations to attend free-for-members WLASA hosted CPD sessions each year
  • Access to a support network of women lawyers extending beyond the workplace including informal mentoring, career advice and friendship
  • Provision of regular newsletters from our national body, Australian Women Lawyers
  • Regular communication via email and the WLASA Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages
  • Discounts and promotions for services from other like-minded organisations, we will advise you of such promotions by email.

Our organisation is the peak body for female lawyers in South Australia.

JOINING AND RENEWING MEMBERSHIP

Ordinary Membership is renewable each financial year and is charged according to the employment circumstances of the individual as follows:

  • $60.00     Waged
  • $30.00     Community Legal Centre & Legal Services Commission employees
  • $30.00     Un-waged

Renewal fees can be paid by credit card.

Both new and existing members must complete a Membership Form when they join or renew each year in addition to paying their membership fees. Please click here to fill in the membership form and join or renew your membership.

FIND A FEMALE LAWYER DIRECTORY

The Find a Female Lawyer Directory is a searchable database for female lawyers practising in South Australia.

If you would like to appear in the Directory an additional fee of $30.00 per person applies.  If you are already a member but are not in the directory, please click here to register for the directory and submit your details.

MORE INFORMATION

Please note that all communication with our members is via e-mail.  Please contact our Treasurer if your contact details change at any time or you have any questions regarding joining or renewing your membership: admin@wlasa.org.au

Follow this link to download an information flyer: WLASA 2019 2020 Individual Flyer