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WLWA would like to encourage its members to support Belinda Lonsdale, Barrister at Wolff Chambers, who is saddling up once more with Team Budget to ride from Albany to Perth to raise money to prevent Youth Suicide and to support people suffering from depression.

Youth Focus is a Western Australian not-for-profit community-based organisation working with young people aged between 12 and 18 years who are showing signs of depression, self-harm and who are at risk of suicide. It is a little known fact that there are more suicides than road deaths each year yet government funding for this community problem is miniscule in comparison.  In Western Australia last year we lost an average of one person to suicide each week. Click here for more information.

An important feature of the Ride for Youth is that the riders will visit schools along the way to educate young people about issues such as bullying, depression, self-harm, suicide and the services offered by Youth Focus.

Over the last 12 years, riders from the Ride for Youth Raised have raised in excess of $10.2 million all of which went to Youth Focus to fund much needed counselling services for young people. This year, Youth Focus has identified a number of areas in rural Western Australia in desperate need of help for their young people.

For the first time, Team Budget will be pedaling from Albany to Perth via the Wheatbelt route, visiting schools at Gnowangerup, Kojonup, Kattaning, Wagin and Narrogin.The route is a particularly challenging one.  They we will be riding an average of 150kms per day, including one day where the team will be riding nearly 200km.

If you would like to sponsor Team Budget and Belinda by making a tax-deductible donation to help Youth Focus with its important work, you can do so online at www.rideforyouth.com.au by clicking on Donate Now then nominating Belinda as the rider you wish to support and following the prompts.

Belinda would like to thank all who have supported her campaigns in previous years and who continue to support the important work of Youth Focus.

Women Lawyers of Western Australia endorses the statement made by The Law Society about the death penalty.  See President, Matthew Keogh's message released 19 February 2015 and published on the WLWA website here.

WLWA encourages women who wish to stand against the death penalty to take this opportunity to let your voice be heard.  We hope that the international attention will embolden all nations who rely on this form of corporal punishment to reconsider whether it is truly meeting the needs of their modern penal system.  

When a person pays for a crime with their life the community loses a potential resource.  We encourage our members to take a moment to consider the parents, siblings, spouses and children of the men currently awaiting execution.  For them this is a life sentence of grief.

We hope you will join the legal community’s moment of silence next week and will post details as soon as they are available to us.

The Law Society of Western Australia President, Matthew Keogh has reiterated the long standing position of the society to oppose the death penalty in both a message to Law Society members and in a welcome address to the Society's Law Summer School this morning.

A message from the President

Dear Law Society member,
  
It has been a  longstanding position of the Law Society of Western Australia, the Australian   legal profession and our nation to oppose the death penalty (see Law Council of Australia
statement).
  
I will be reiterating this position in my welcome address to the Society’s   Law Summer School this Friday. It has also been heartening to see legal   practitioners in
Western Australia stand in solidarity with our   fellow lawyers in Victoria, South Australia and the ACT who have attended   vigils and stood tall in silence this week to make their opposition to the death penalty known.
  
As the week concludes   you may wish to observe a minute of silence privately to consider those in  jurisdictions still subject to the death penalty and its implications on   civil society.
  
While not excusing the actions of those who have committed crimes in   Australia or overseas, the Society believes it is incumbent on the profession  to stand tall in calling on other nations to treat their offenders humanely,  as we seek to do in Australia.
  
 Yours sincerely,


  
 Matthew Keogh
 President

Women Lawyers of Western Australia agree with the Society that it is incumbent on the profession to stand tall in calling on other nations to treat their offenders humanely, as we seek to do in Australia and has also published a statement to oppose the death penalty.

Click here to read the original article on the Law Society website and here for the Law Society media statement. 

 

Join us for the fifth annual Women Lawyers High Tea to celebrate International Women's Day on Friday, 6 March 2015 from 2:45 - 5:00pm.  Get together with friends and colleagues and hear from a panel of speakers discussing the topic of "Let's not wait another 20 years for gender equality".

 

Registration includes sweet and savoury treats and a selection of beverages including tea and sparkling wine.  Make sure you register soon as last year's event was a sell-out.

Registrations close Friday, 28 February 2015. Speakers to be announced. 

 

Proudly sponsored by KBE Human CapitalCentia and Bellanhouse Legal.Registration is through the Law Society - please click HERE to link to the event flyer including details of how to register. http://www.lawsocietywa.asn.au/visageimages/Events//150306_HighTea.pdf 

WLWA encourages its members to join the 2014 Senior Counsel appointees on Thursday 12 March 2015 as they reflect on the ethical issues arising in their careers in the law. A structured CPD panel discussion will be followed by drinks.

The 2014 appointees are Martin Cuerden SC and Mr Michael Berry SC.  A panel discussion will be hosted by Gail Archer SC with other panel members to be announced shortly.

Doors open at Central Park Lecture Theatre at 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start .  Attendees may claim one CPD point in Competency Area 2 – Ethics/ Professional Responsibility. Tickets start at $25 and the event includes an opportunity to network with other members of the profession and members need to book soon before they are all sold out.

Tickets are available at  http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/meet-the-silks-tickets-15723882556?aff=es2&rank=1

The event is co-hosted by the Piddington Society and Women Lawyers WA, sponsored by Pitcher Partners, Law in Order and KBE Human Capital, and supported by DLA.

Dear Members

 

A quick reminder that Early Bird Registrations for the 2015 Honours Dinner closes this Friday 20 February 2015 and the closing date for acceptance of nominations for the Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards is on Saturday 28 February 2015.

 

Full details are on our Honours Dinner Flyer (attached) and early bird registration is open on our Events Page of the website. Selection criteria for the Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards is (attached) and further details about the awards are on our Awards Page of the website.

Join us at the annual WLWA Honours Dinner on Friday 13 March 2015 to acknowledge the appointment of Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO (Governor) and to honour the appointments of the Honourable Judge Vicki Laura Stewart (District Court), Magistrate Ciara Tyson (Family Court), the Honourable Member Karen Whitney (State Administrative Tribunal) and the Honourable Member Hanna Leslie (State Administrative Tribunal).

We will also celebrate the winners of the Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards and the Aboriginal Women's Legal Education Trust (AWLT) scholarship recipient. Further details about the AWLT Scholarship can be found on the Awards Page of the website.

Please note that partners and non-members are welcome, so grab your significant other and friends for a lovely evening celebrating women's achievements!

Please also note that WLWA is calling for donations from members at the Honours Dinner to assist WLWA with the costs associated with implementation of the recommendation in the 2014 Gender Bias Report. Further details in the attached flyer and on the Projects Page of the website.

WLWA would like to thank the sponsors of our 2015 Honours Dinner for their valued support:

GOLD SPONSOR: John Toohey Chambers (website HERE)

 

 

SILVER SPONSOR: LawCPD (website HERE)

 

BRONZE SPONSOR: Ipac Western Australia (website HERE)

 

WLWA encourages members to register for the CASE for refugees fundraising CPD Seminar "Evening with Dan Mori" scheduled for this Thursday 19 February 2015 from 6.30 pm to 8pm at King & Wood Mallesons.

The presenter, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Dan Mori will talk about the Australian Government systems for supporting Australians facing trail overseas and the relevant procedures from extradtion t the transfer of prisoners back to Australia to serve any sentence.

All the profits raised by this seminar will go to the A Fair Go For Asylum Seekers Appeal. The Appeal provides asylum seekers with access to specialist legal expertise, maximising their chance of a successful outcome if their claims are genuine.

The event will attract one CPD point. Please see attached flyer for more details and to register.

WLWA encourgaes members to register for the CASE for refugees fundraising CPD scheduled for this Thursday 19 February 2015 from 6.30 pm to 8pm at King & Wood Mallesons.

The presenter, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Dan Mori will talk about the Australian Government systems for supporting Australians facing trail overseas and the relevant procedures from extradtion t the transfer of prisoners back to Australia to serve any sentence.

All the profits raised by this seminar will go to the A Fair Go For Asylum Seekers Appeal. The Appeal provides asylum seekers with access to specialist legal expertise, maximising their chance of a successful outcome if their claims are genuine.

The event will attract one CPD point. Please see attached flyer for more details and to register.

As part of the Law Society’s commitment to women in the legal profession, and in response to both WLWA's Gender Bias Taskforce Review and NARS it is running 2 seminars this month on unconscious bias. The Law Society has brought in a professional management consultant to work with both groups.

The first session is on Tuesday 17 February 2015 at 8.30 am - 10.30 am on Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace Perth and is aimed at women in the legal profession coping with an environment in which unconscious bias exists. The session will be chaired by Gemey Visscher, Partner at Minter Ellison. Click here to view the flyer and register.

The second session is on Wednesday 18 February 2015 at 8.30am - 10.30 am, on Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace, Perth and is aimed at everyone in the profession but particularly those who hold management position or positions of influence in order to identify and prevent unconscious bias. This session will be chaired by Konrad de Kerloy, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. Click here Click here to view the flyer and register.

WLWA encourages members to attend both of these sessions so that attendees will go back to their employment with a strong message to tell their colleagues.

Nominate an Outstanding Woman Lawyer now!!

Nominations are NOW OPEN for our Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards, to be presented at our annual Honours Dinner on Friday 13 March 2015 .

The Awards are an important way to recognise and celebrate the success of women lawyers, particularly achievement and success that may not have otherwise have been recognised.

We strongly encourage you to nominate your colleagues who are outstanding candidates for our four award categories:

1. Woman Lawyer of the Year;

2. Senior Woman Lawyer of the Year;

3. Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year; and

4. Rural, Regional and Remote Woman Lawyer of the Year (*New Category*)

Nominations close on 28 February 2015.

For full details on the awards, including a copy of the Selection Criteria and how to nominate, please click HERE.

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