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On 14 October 2015, Western Australian women lawyers answered Women Lawyers of Western Australia's call, coming together on the back steps of the Federal Court to recreate the 1999 Women in the Legal Profession Group Photograph.

It was a fantastic, and inspiring, event. WLWA invites you to order A3 sized copies of the final beautiful photograph here.

The photograph shown above is not the one on sale. The final photograph is a very professional shot with the women looking at the camera.

Photographs will be printed by Arts Edge, specialists in quality printing and framing, on A3 fine art centurion silk paper, specifically designed to ensure high quality colour and containing archival characteristics. 

In the week commencing 4 April 2016, ordered unframed photographs will be mailed in protective A3 Australia Post tubing to the person and address entered on the order form.

Should you wish to have your photograph professionally framed, you can take your photograph to Arts Edge, who will give you a 15% discount on framing.

Non-members price:   $55.00 per photograph

Members price:          $40.00 per photograph

To order more than one copy, use the Register a Group button.

Members must login to see, and order at, the special member price.

To become a WLWA member, or renew a lapsed membership, click here.

If you need help logging inhere, call Susan Diamond on 0417 098 902 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2015 Women in the Legal Profession Group Photograph, arranged by WLWA, was sponsored by

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Invitation to Share Your Views about Complainants’ Evidence

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has commissioned a research project about the experience of relevant people in relation to mechanisms for complainants to give evidence in child and adult sexual abuse cases. 

This research aims to gain an understanding from professionals at various stages of the judicial process how the method adopted to give evidence affects the outcome of the trial and the experience of the complainant.

To participate, you need to be a legal practitioner with experience in child sexual abuse cases.  This experience needs to have been within the last five years.

To participate, please click on the link below and complete the brief online survey. Participation is anonymous and confidential, and takes about 20 minutes.

http://ww3.unipark.de/uc/complainants_evidence/

 

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Over the last few days the Western Australian community has been rallying around to help all those affected by the South West fires.  

Legal Aid WA, in partnership with community legal centres in Bunbury and Peel, is coordinating free legal advice for people affected by the bushfires in the South West region.

Legal issues which may arise include insurance matters, property law, credit and debt, fencing, renting, family law and employment law.

If you would like to offer pro bono assistance in these and other areas, please email the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Isabel Gonsalves on 9261 6243 or Justin Stevenson on 9261 6429:

  • your name
  • other contact person such as your secretary or office manager
  • telephone number(s)
  • firm name
  • area of practice/law in which you can provide assistance
  • any other comments such as your availability
  • Legal Aid WA will obtain initial client information and details about the issue, then match the person with a pro bono legal practitioner. Legal Aid WA will then contact a proposed practitioner before making the referral, to ensure availability, suitability and to enquire as to any potential conflicts of interest.

Practitioners who had earlier expressed a desire to provide assistance following the Esperance and Salmon Gums fires, will be contacted by Legal Aid WA to confirm whether they are still able to provide assistance to people in the South West.

For more information please visit the Legal Aid Website. 

http://www.legalaid.wa.gov.au/LegalAidServices/publications/Documents/WA%20bushfires%20-%20legal%20advice%20and%20assistance.pdf

Thank you to all those that attended the Women Lawyers of Western Australia AGM last night at King Wood & Mallesons.

The AGM followed the very well attended CPD Networking 101 Seminar by Cathryn Urquhart. You can read more about Cathryn's networking tips here and view the powerpoint slides here.

CPD Networking seminar

Congratulations to the elected Executive comprising:

President: Anne Wood

Vice President: Wendy Gillan

Treasurer: Susan Diamond

Secretary: Elmi Carlean

Elected Committee Members:

Frieda Orr

Jessica Stokes

Nicola Ashford

Charmaine Holyoak - Roberts

Nikita Barsby

Cinzia Donald

For all others that were interested in joining the committee please note that a further six members can be voted in as co-opted members of the committee following the first WLWA planning meeting.

There are also opportunities to join one of the six working groups listed below. Joining a working group is a great way to become involved and meet members of the committee and improve your chances of being elected to the committee in the following year.

  1. Gender Bias Taskforce Implementation Committee
  2. Law Reform (Women's Rights) & Social Justice
  3. Communications & Newsletter
  4. Education & CPD
  5. Social & Networking
  6. Women in the Legal Profession

If you are interested in joining the committee as a co-opted member or volunteering for a working group please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For members that were unable to attend the AGM please see attached the AGM notice and Agenda which contained a proposal to change clause 3.3(a) of the Constitution.

By changing clause 3.3(a) to replace "women" with "people", it allows men who support the objectives of the Association to become members. The concept behind the change follows the movement of the community to accepting people in positions of power and leadership, which are mostly men, to advocate for gender equality. For example, the male champions of change and CEO's for gender equity. Such a change will allow supportive men to help advocate for gender equality and publicly show support for the objectives of the Association. There has been concern raised about the effect of such a change. In addressing this, it is important to note that Associate members DO NOT have voting rights. However, they can be co-opted to the committee. If Members are supportive of having men join the Association they may want to consider amending the clause further to include a limitation on the number of Associate members that may be co-opted, such as a maximum of 2. WLWA are still consulting about the effect of a change and placing some limitations on that change. The committee has resolved not to proceed with the proposal to change that clause at the AGM at this time and have referred it to be discussed at a later date.  

WLWA would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing President Tina McAulay for all her hard work on the committee over the last six years. Her enthuisiasm and experience will be missed on the committee. You can read the President's Report here. You can also read the Treasurer's report here.

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Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) are holding their AGM at 10:30am on 31 October 2015 in Brisbane. Details are in the attached notice. You can vote by proxy. Please complete the attached proxy forms and email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday. Our very own Elspeth Hensler, past WLWA President and current Vice President of AWL is running for President of AWL so get voting!

Finally thank you to all our members and friends for your support of WLWA over the past year. It has been a busy and productive year topped off with the fabulous women in the profession group photograph!  We hope to continue to deliver practical and fun membership benefits to you in 2016 and welcome any feedback or suggestions you have for CPD and social events. Please email all your ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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WLWA encourages members and friends to register for our next CPD Event "Networking 101". Presenter Cathryn Urquhart will focus on the "live networking experience such as client functions and industry seminars and give attendees great tips and positive ideas on creating a positive first impression and working on confidence.

Cathryn is an experienced lawyer and professional skills trainer who has worked in commercial firms and as an in-house lawyer so has seen both side of the BD experience.

The function will take place on Monday 26 October 2015 at King & Wood Mallesons, level 30 St georges Terrace. Cost is $45 (WLWA members) and $50 (non-members). Attendees will gain 1 CPD Point in Practice Management. Click here to see the event flyer and please circulate to your networks.

Register online http://www.wlwa.asn.au/wlwa-members/events-calendar.html

This session runs from 4.14pm to 5.15pm and the WLWA AGM is on immediately after at 5.30pm. You are encouraged to stay for the AGM and drinks that follow and practice your networking.

Register for the WLWA AGM here http://www.wlwa.asn.au/wlwa-members/events-calendar/committee-events/113-113-agm-wlwa.html

 

Chief Justice

The West Australian published an article by Sonia Kohlbacher on Wednesday 23 September 2015 about the tragically low number of female appointments to the Judiciary in WA.

Chief Justice Martin said his court had the lowest percentage of women judges of any court at any level across Australia, and that the number of women among its judges was decreasing.

“We’re heading in the wrong direction,” he said.

Chief Justice Martin said of the 14 judges appointed to the court between 1995 and 2005, four were women, but only one woman was among the 18 judges appointed since 2005.

“Given that the number of women law graduates has ­increased, and that women have been in the profession longer and longer, you might have thought the trend would be heading in the other direction, but it’s not,” he said.

“In the ­Supreme Court of Western Australia we have 14 per cent of judges who are women. That is the lowest percentage of any court — supreme, district, magistrate, federal, family — in the country. Tragically, the Supreme Court of Western Australia is not matching the gender characteristics of either the profession or those engaged in dispute resolution.”

Chief Justice Martin said the same trend was “unfortunately” playing out in the District Court where in 2005, he said, 32 per cent of judges were women, compared with a current 25 per cent.

Kohlbacher reported that the Chief Justice based his remarks, made in an address to a legal dispute resolution conference in Perth last Friday, on the most recent figures from the Australasian ­Institute of Judicial Administration and his own research.

WA Attorney-General ­Michael Mischin said that since assuming the role in 2012 he had appointed four judges to the District Court, two of whom were women, and five judges to the Supreme Court, all of whom were men. He had also appointed three magistrates, including one woman.

Mr Mischin said judicial ­appointments were based on merit and should not be filled ­according to “non-professional con­siderations”, including gender or ethnicity.

Women Lawyers of Western Australia president Tina McAulay was also reported in the West Australian article and said the lack of women in senior positions demonstrated an inequality at the highest level of law. “The issue of the high rate of attrition of women in the legal profession and lack of promotion of women into senior positions in the law is not being adequately dealt with,” she said.

Ms McAuley said Mr Mischin’s response to concerns about the lack of women judges and flexible working conditions, which her group had recently raised with him, would remain confidential.

WA Law Society president Elizabeth Needham said unconscious bias towards women, and family commitments that prevented them networking or applying for roles that involved travel were among the reasons so few women were ­appointed to judiciary positions.

Click here to read the article online.

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WLWA encourages its members to read the recently released World Bank report, Women, business and the law 2016.

Download the report here.

This report measures legal and regulatory barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment in 173 economies. It provides quantitative measures of laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities in seven areas: accessing institutions, using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, going to court, building credit and protecting women from violence.

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Hello WLWA Members!

In an effort to empower girls so that they can transform their own lives and the world around them, I am taking on the UN Women Australia Ride for Rights Challenge.

On March 12th, I will be embarking on a daring fundraising challenge, a 12-day journey across the South East Asia from the saddle of a bike – totaling over 400Km from Saigon to Siem Reap. This challenge is Ride for Rights and it is an initiative driven by a group of brave individuals who have all been inspired to be a part of the movement to empower women and girls to break the cycle of poverty and build brighter futures.

Ride for Rights is an opportunity to take part, one push of the pedal at a time, in something I believe in.

As a Committee Member of Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc I have seen first hand how often barriers prevent women from accessing justice. I want to contribute my time and energy to fundraise and bring attention to the important work of UN Women Australia in promoting women's rights in South East Asia.

The streets of Saigon are a very long way from the paved streets of Perth. I will need to get very fit to cope with cycling up to 82Km’s a day on unpaved rural side-streets of Cambodia. However, this is my unique chance to empower women and families in Southeast Asia, so that they can transform their communities.

We are hoping to raise over $100, 000 as a team, which will help to ensure equal education opportunity and secure improved land rights for women. Women’s economic empowerment is essential to ending poverty. I have personally pledged to raise $3,000 for UN Women Australia and I need your help to reach my target.

Now, your part is easy. All you need to do is share your good fortune with UN Women. I am asking for 25 donations of $50 or Gold Sponsorship of $1000 all donations are tax-deductible and will bring me much closer to reaching my goal. You can make your contribution to this cause via my online fundraising page at https://rideforrights2016.everydayhero.com/au/jessica-stokes

Together, we continue to build a brighter future for women and girls across the Asia Pacific region.

Thank you for your support and have a great weekend!

Jessica x

Jessica Stokes  |Communications Coordinator|

PO Box Z5330 Perth WA 6831  ABN 42 260 462 906

Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc.

PO Box Z5330 Perth WA 6831 | MOB: 0431 141 198

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WEB: www.wlwa.asn.au

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WLWA encourages members to come along and support women's local businesses at a LADIES BUSINESS MARKET!

Enjoy an afternoon of shopping for products and services at OVER 55 STALLS from women with businesses in Beauty, Health & Wellness, Gifts and Homewares, Food and Drink, Clothing, and more!

Gold coin donation per family to enter which includes a raffle ticket to win either a Ladies Pampering hamper, a Family Fun hamper or a Father's Day hamper!

Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to charity, with this split between the Perth Rescue Angels ( https://www.facebook.com/perthrescueangels?fref=ts ) and the building of a sensory garden for 9 year old Liam McDonald, who has microcephaly, left hemiplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy ( https://www.facebook.com/liamssensorygardenproject ).

Children friendly with a children's fun area with activities and entertainment and a playground enclosed in the centre.

ICE CREAM VAN, COFFEE VAN AND FOOD VANS!

At Duncraig Community Centre located just behind Duncraig Library on Beddi Rd off Ron Chamberlain Drive.

Check out the Facebook event for more information and to RSVP!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1685281988366797/

Women in the Legal Profession Photo October 1999

Group Photo of Women in the Profession

You are invited to join fellow women lawyers and be part of the 2015 historic group photograph of Women in the Legal Profession.

The last time a photo of this nature was taken was in 1999 (shown above) with women on the back steps of the Federal Court leading to the Perth Concert Hall.

The 2015 photograph will be displayed at the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the Federal Court of Western Australia, the J S Battye Library of Western Australian History and the Law Society of Western Australia.

Copies of the photograph will be available for purchase from WLWA in due course.

There is no charge to participate in the photo but please register here so a record of attendees can be kept.

Please spread the word by forwarding the attached invitation to all female lawyers!

Proudly sponsored by

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Meet the Judiciary Function

WLWA invites all judicial members, women law graduates, newly admitted women legal practitioners and women lawyers to our Meet the Judiciary function to be held on 14 October 2015 at the Federal Court from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

As it is often very daunting, especially for women who have recently joined the legal profession, to appear before a Magistrate or Judge, WLWA is offering this exceptional opportunity to get to know the members of the judiciary a little better and to gain confidence in appearing before them in court. WLWA encourages female graduates and newly admitted women practitioners to take advantage of this opportunity to meet members of the judiciary in person and engage with them in a social conversation.

Drinks and canapés will be served at the function.

Please carefully check the different registration costs set out below. These prices will be displayed when you click to register here.

All members of the judiciary are admitted for free.

The cost for non-member women graduates and non-member newly admitted women practitioners is $35.

However, any women graduates and any newly admitted women practitioners who are, or become, members of Women Lawyers of Western Australia (with a 2015/2016 subscription) before the event can register for free.

Join or renew your subscription here.

WLWA Members and women LSWA Members can register for $50.

Please spread the word by forwarding the attached invitation to all female lawyers!

Proudly sponsored by

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