Tickets on sale - Law Week Dinner with Virginia Haussegger

Tickets are now on sale for the WLA ACT Annual Law Week Dinner, with special guest, Virginia Haussegger. The Law Week Dinner is a unique opportunity for WLA ACT members and friends to meet and enjoy a special evening together. 

Tickets are available for purchase here.

Discounted tickets for WLA ACT Members are available for $125 per person, instead of the full price of $145 per person. Please ensure that you email nicole.karman@actlawsociety.asn.au before purchasing your tickets to confirm you are a WLA member and receive the discounted ticket price.

This event is generously sponsored by Maurice Blackburn. 

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Save the Date - Law Week Dinner with Virginia Haussegger

The Women Lawyers Association of the ACT is proud to host the Annual Law Week Dinner, with special guest, Virginia Haussegger. We invite you to save the date for Wednesday 16 May 2018. Tickets will be available for purchase shortly.

Virginia Haussegger AM is a gender diversity advocate and communication specialist. She is also an award-winning television journalist, writer and commentator, whose extensive media career spans more than 25 years. Virginia has reported from around the globe for leading current affair programs on Channel 9, the Seven Network and the ABC. For 15 years (2001-2016) she anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra. She is widely published, both as a former columnist with the Canberra Times, and a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Virginia has worked extensively across Commonwealth Government departments on both communication and gender diversity programs. In 2016 Virginia was appointed Director of a bold, new, national gender equality initiative, the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra. In 2017 she launched an innovative gender equality news media platform, BroadAgenda, and currently serves as Chief Editor.

In 2014 Virginia was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community, as an advocate for women's rights and gender equity, and to the media.

Virginia is Patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. She has served on a number of boards and committees including; UN Women National Committee Australia. She currently sits on the Board of Women in Media Canberra; and is a Walkly judge for the Women in Media Leadership award.

We look forward to an insightful speech and a wonderful evening for the Canberra legal community. This event is proudly sponsored by Maurice Blackburn.

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Australian Women Lawyers National Conference

The 7th Annual Australian Women Lawyers Conference will be held between 24-26 August 2018 in Sydney. The 2018 Annual Conference will be the highlight conference for female practitioners, leaders and senior professionals across the Australian legal sector.

The theme for the AWL National Conference is 'Investing in the Future'. This theme will capture current issues of innovation and technology in the law, and its use as a tool for the furthering of diversity, leadership, best practice, flexible work options, access to justice and policy and law reform. 

A program outline can be found here. The program includes Unconscious Bias Training and sessions on Wellness, Working Sustainably, Improving your Social Media Brand. New Law, Innovation & Technology, Family Law Wrap Up, and a mentoring session from International In-house Women Leaders will also be covered in this jam packed program.

The conference also has a full social program including the Gala Dinner on the Saturday night.

Early bird registrations are open until 15 June 2018 but spaces are limited so be sure to get in quick! There are student and corporate rates available as well. You can register here

We look forward to seeing you there!

International Women's Day Panel - #MeToo

WLA ACT is holding a panel discussion on the #MeToo Movement on 14 March 2018 at Clayton Utz. Prue Bindon of Key Chambers, Jennifer Wyborn of Clayton Utz and Simone Ey from Citron Consulting will analyse the legal framework around sexual harassment and interrogate what employers and employees in the legal industry should be doing in the wake of this pervasive hashtag. 

Tickets are now on sale here.

 This event has been made possible by the generosity of Clayton Utz. 

This event has been made possible by the generosity of Clayton Utz. 

Mentor Breakfast with The Hon. Associate Justice McWilliam

On Tuesday 13 February WLA ACT hosted its first event of 2018, a Mentor Breakfast with guest speaker the Honourable Associate Justice Verity McWilliam at Hotel Hotel in New Acton.

Associate Justice McWilliam was sworn in as the Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT in June 2017. Prior to her appointment, Associate Justice McWilliam was a solicitor at PwC and the Crown Solicitor’s Office of NSW before being called to the NSW bar and practising in the areas of commercial/equity, criminal, employment, environment/planning, public and torts law.

Around 60 attendees heard the Associate Justice speak about everything from her personal quest for the perfect mentor (there isn't one perfect mentor, but rather many less than perfect ones) to work life balance. Her Honour emphasised the importance of a five year plan, saying no to unnecessary work dinners, and reflected on the challenges of being a woman at the Bar. The Associate Justice also mentioned that one of her first steps upon moving to the ACT was to join the Women Lawyers Association of the ACT.

Women Lawyers Association of the ACT would like to extend its thanks to Hotel Hotel for their assistance in organising and running the event, and to Associate Justice McWilliam taking the time out of her busy schedule to speak to our members and for her warm, frank and engaging speech. 

Be sure to check out the photos on our Facebook page from the event.