Chief Counsel Q&A
Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

Chief Counsel Q&A

The Women Lawyers Association of the ACT is pleased to present our third Chief Counsel Q&A at Clayton Utz’s offices on Thursday 6 June 2018. We invite you to register online.

The Chief Counsel Q&A provides an opportunity for attendees to hear from, and ask questions of, Chief Counsel about their experiences in the legal profession, career choices, and path to leadership. Settle down amongst your colleagues, enjoy a glass of wine and some canapés as you listen to the journey that brought our panelists to where they are today.  

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On the Basis of Sex Screening - SOLD OUT
Feb
7
5:45 PM17:45

On the Basis of Sex Screening - SOLD OUT

The Women Lawyers Association of the ACT and Maddocks is proud to present a special event screening of On the Basis of Sex.

On the Basis of Sex tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a ground-breaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.

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Come to the Bar - SOLD OUT
Jun
6
5:15 PM17:15

Come to the Bar - SOLD OUT

Did you know that women make up less than 10% of barristers at the ACT Bar? Have you thought about going to the Bar one day?

Come along to our informal information evening and hear from Chief Justice Murrell and Justice Loukas-Karlsson of the ACT Supreme Court and barristers at the ACT Bar about the realities and rewards of a career at the Bar.

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MLC Seminar: How to buy your first home – then pay that loan off!
Nov
8
5:30 PM17:30

MLC Seminar: How to buy your first home – then pay that loan off!

This event is now sold out. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to see you at future events. 

Come along to this session to learn all about getting your first home and loan, and then how to make sure you can pay that loan off and own that home mortgage free. The session will cover:

  • How to avoid the Lifestyle Creep that will keep you from owning your home
  • Saving a deposit for your home, including the new First Home Super Savers Scheme rules
  • Special mortgage options available for lawyers
  • First home buyer and stamp duty concessions, the differences between ACT & NSW
  • Understanding the difference between a mortgage offset or redraw and why it’s important
  • Having a plan to avoid home ownership bill shock
  • How to pay that loan down, faster

This session is generously hosted by Michael Miller, of MLC Advice, the principal sponsor for WLA ACT. We thank Michael for his ongoing support.

Michael Miller, MLC Advice

Michael Miller, MLC Advice

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Mentor Breakfast with The Hon Linda Burney MP
Oct
20
7:30 AM07:30

Mentor Breakfast with The Hon Linda Burney MP

  • Old Parliament House (Members Dining Room 3) (map)
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We note, this event is now sold out. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to see you at future events. 

WLA ACT is pleased to invite you to our October Mentor Breakfast with guest speaker The Hon Linda Burney MP

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Mentor breakfasts provide our members with the opportunity to hear from a prominent woman in the community and to celebrate and learn from their achievements.

Linda was elected federal member for Barton in 2016, following a 14 year career in the NSW Parliament as Member for Canterbury. During her state political career she served as minister in a number of senior portfolios including as minister for Community Services and later as Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

Following her election to the Federal House of Representatives she was immediately appointed as Shadow Minister for Human Services.

As a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation, Linda was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Australian House of Representatives.  Linda’s commitment to Indigenous issues spans more than 30 years.

She began her career as a teacher in western Sydney and then as an education bureaucrat before being appointed Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in 2000.  Charles Sturt University awarded her, its first Aboriginal graduate, an Honorary Doctorate in Education in 2002.

Linda has a long held commitment the prevention of domestic violence and family violence and has detailed publically her personal experience with it. 

Linda has held senior positions in the non-government sector serving on a number of Boards including the SBS, the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, and the NSW Board of Studies.

ACT Lawyers may be eligible to claim 1 CPD point in Core Area 3

This event is proudly sponsored by Maddocks.

We note, all WLA ACT events are child friendly. 

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Event Details

Date and time: Friday 20 October, 7.30am for a 7:45am start. 

Location: Members Dining Room 3, Old Parliament House, Canberra

Tickets: $30 for WLA ACT Members, $40 for Non-members. Includes hot breakfast. 

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Australian Women Lawyers 20th Birthday Dinner
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

Australian Women Lawyers 20th Birthday Dinner

Australian Women Lawyers turns 20 this September and to celebrate, AWL is holding a birthday dinner on 15 September 2017 at the Melbourne Town Hall. As well as giving us an opportunity to get together, the birthday dinner will also provide an opportunity for AWL to thank our patron, the Hon. Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia Diana Bryant AO QC as she retires from the role, announce AWL's new patron, and ceremonially hand over the Patron’s Brooch.

We look forward to seeing you at dinner.

Dress code for this event is "After 5".

AWL thanks the Platinum Sponsor of the 20th birthday party, Foley’s List, for their ongoing support.

Tickets are available to purchase online:

Individual: $140

Table of 10: $1100


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Mentor Breakfast with Jennifer Wyborn - 'The Illusion of Perfection'
Sep
5
7:30 AM07:30

Mentor Breakfast with Jennifer Wyborn - 'The Illusion of Perfection'

  • Exhibition Room, QT Hotel Canberra (map)
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WLA ACT is pleased to invite you to our Mentor Breakfast, with guest speaker Jennifer Wyborn, Partner at Clayton Utz.

Mentor breakfasts provide our members with the opportunity to hear from a prominent woman in the legal profession and to celebrate and learn from their achievements.

Jennifer will talk on the topic of 'The Illusion of Perfection'.

Jennifer is a Partner at Clayton Utz heading up the Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Team in Canberra. She is a Canberra girl born and bred. She went to Hughes Primary School and Canberra Girls' Grammar followed by the Australian National University. She then completed her Masters at Sydney University.

Jennifer was awarded Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year - Workplace Relations in 2016, and won the ACT Young Business Woman of 2014 by the Telstra Business Women's Awards. She was also voted by peers as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in Government Law (2015-16) and Labour and Employment Law (2015-16)

Jen has an incredible husband and two children aged 4 and 6. She has worked as a Commonwealth Prosecutor, a Judge's Associate, an in house government lawyer and in private practice.

Event Details

Date and time: Tuesday 5 September 2017, 7.30am for a 7:45am start. 

Venue: Exhibition Room, QT Hotel, Canberra. 

Cost: WLA ACT Members - $35, Non-members - $45

Tickets can be purchased below.

Attendees will be able to claim 1 CPD point in Core Area 3. 


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Panel Event: Juggling Career and Family, and Making Time for Self Care
Aug
23
12:30 PM12:30

Panel Event: Juggling Career and Family, and Making Time for Self Care

  • Blackburn Training Room, ACT Law Society (map)
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This event has now sold out - we apologise for any inconvenience. 

We invite you to join us for a joint panel event with Mothers Uplift Movement (MUM). Join us for a nourishing lunch and attend a discussion on the topic of: Juggling work with family responsibilities and making time for self-care.

Come and hear from our guest speakers about their experiences as working mums in the legal profession. It will also be a great opportunity to share your own anecdotes and tips and ask questions of other mums who are doing the juggle.

We look forward to hearing from the following panellists on this important topic:

  • Prue Bindon, Barrister at Blackburn Chambers and WLA ACT President
  • Margaret Tregurtha, General Counsel, Department of the Environment and the Energy
  • Lindsay Reid, teacher at Daramalan College and formerly a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons

The session will be facilitated by Liz Huang Hughes-Brown and Alicia Prest from MUM who are also mums working in the law.

MUM is a movement which supports and encourages mums to take time out for themselves for self-care, to pursue career and personal development goals, or simply to take a holiday. We want to help remove the stigma and guilt around mums admitting that they need a break from their role as a mum.

Includes a warm two-course lunch with vegetarian option. Please RSVP by 18 August 2017. 

ACT lawyers may be eligible to claim 1 CPD point in Core Area 3

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