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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

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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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 ( ) and the building of a sensory garden for 9 year old Liam McDonald, who has microcephaly, left hemiplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy ( ).

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


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!

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

clydeandco    The College of Law logo



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

clydeandco    The College of Law logo


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Women Lawyers WA and the Univeristy of Notre Dame Australia proudly bring to you our first ever CPD day tailored at what works for women at work. The seminar is both practical and interactive and will assist women in thier own practice of law.

The seminar will take place on Saturday 19 September 2015 from 11am to 5:45pm at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

5 CPD points are available, 1 ethics, 2 practice management and 2 professional skills. Participants can register for the full day, two sessions, one session or the afternoon session. Members of WLWA receive a discounted rate.

Chaired by State Coroner, Ros Fogliani, this seminar is one not to be missed.

Hear from keynote speaker, the Hon. Christine Wheeler AO QC on ethical considerations in your practice; from expert Andy Farrant about practically building confidence and resilience, from Karen Farley SC about looking afteryourself and managing risks and workloads (so you don't burn out) and from Cathryn Urquhart about concepts that work for women at work.

We also have a panel comprising the Hon. Christine Wheeler AO QC, State Coroner, Ros Fogliani and Associate Professor Jane Power.

This event is focused on the practical ways to maintain a legal career.

We encourage you to register by completing the registration form on the attached flyer and sending it to The University of Notre Dame by the return details.

Please forward the flyer to your friends and colleagues. We look forward to seeing you all there!


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rosie batty

WLWA encourages members to register for the Women's Council for Domestic & Violence Services WA with Rosie Batty.

Diana Warnock, former journalist and continuing women’s rights activist, will facilitate a candid conversation with Rosie Batty, author and Australian of the Year.

The food will be excellent and the company congenial.

Tuesday 6th October, 7.30am start,

Duxton Hotel, Perth

$60 or $93 with book

Bookings via:

Flyer attached

Questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2015 National Industry

In 2015 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors.

From July 1 2015 the initiative will provide women in the legal and professional services sector with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in the legal and professional services sector at two levels. Please click on the preferred program link for details.

1. Senior Management and Executive level Women Leaders can apply for $12,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.

2. Women Managers can apply for $4,500 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.

Expressions of Interest

To request a Scholarship Grant Application Form or additional information click here.

Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on 03 9270 9000 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

fighting poverty

WLWA encourages members to attend the fundraising "Breakfast for a Future" on Saturday 5 September 2015 from 10am to 11.30am at Novotel Perth Langley 

The breakfast is being run to raise funds for the School of St Yared in Ethiopia: 

The school provides full tuition for talented, impoverished children from the poorest suburbs of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

Yared Wolde, school founder, will be speaking at the breakfast about St Yared's amazing students and staff.

It would be great to members take part in the worthy event.

Please book your place by contacting Diana Stancu, Novotel Conference and Events Coordinator: E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel no: 08 9425 1779

Please register by 2 September 2015. Click here to view the invitation for more details. 


WLWA encourgaes members to register for the Piddington Society CPD Consumer Credit Event on Thursday 10 September 2015 from 5.30pm at King and Wood Mallesons. 

Consumer Credit, Unconscionability and a Commissioner Former ACCC Commissioner Sitesh Bhojani will join the panel to discuss statutory unconscionable conduct and unconscionability since Amadio. 

All proceeds from the event will go to the Piddington Justice Project and the Consumer Credit Legal Service.

Mr Bhojani will join the panel in Perth from Melbourne where he practices as a barrister from Owen Dixon Chambers. In 1995, Mr Bhojani was appointed a Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The ACCC has roles that include enforcing the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and promoting fair trading.  At the ACCC, Mr Bhojani’s responsibilities included its enforcement activities as a member and chair of its Enforcement Committee; the Presidency, in 2002-2003 on behalf of the ACCC, of the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network and finalising and overseeing ACCC submissions to various parties or inquires about competition or consumer protection issues.  He has written and presented many papers on competition and consumer protection issues.

Mr Bhojani will be joined by Aaron McDonald (Pragma Legal) and Curtis Ward and Georgina Molloy (CCLSWA), to discus unconscionable conduct as it applies in banking and finance matters 

After the event guests will enjoy some Piddington hospitality with the panel and other members of the profession.

The event will be hosted by King and Wood Mallesons and sponsors KBE Human Capital, Pitcher Partners, CT Group Solutions and Pragma Legal.

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The Australian published an excellent article on NARS on Friday 21 August 2015 titled ‘Giving women a fair go is an achievable goal’.

The article was written by Fiona McLeod and Stuart Clark and refers to the Law Council of Australia's new Inclusions & Diversity initiative. Click here to read the article.

WLWA encourages its members to support the female lawyers behind the clothing label J Cartel by attending the inaugural event, CODE.

CODE will be an evening of style and networking at the Flour Factory from 6 – 9pm on 10 September 2015. Tickets are $90 each with all proceeds going to beyond blue.

CODE is an event to create opportunities for Perth's professional women and is the first instalment of J Cartel's events capsule. The night includes delicious food and drinks, a key note speech by the Rt. Honourable Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi, a J Cartel styling suite, styling by Teagan Sewell and Elizabeth Clarke, Sodashi skin care, pampering by Bodhi J Spa and generous gift bags and door prizes.

Tickets are now available at  (Events Capsule).





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