The Women Lawyers Association of the ACT is proud to host the 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before purchasing your tickets.
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.
What is Law Week?
National Law Week is an annual event held in May across Australia. Law Week’s goal is to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society. The theme of Law Week for 2018 is “Law and Justice in Your Community”.
Locally, Law Week seeks to raise donations for a Canberra charity. In 2018, ACT Law Week will be supporting the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS). ADACAS is an independent, not-for-profit, advocacy organisation helping people with disabilities, older people and their carers. Their mission is ‘to assert, promote and protect the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities, people who are older and their carers’. ADACAS has been providing free independent advocacy and information in the ACT for more than 25 years.
Law Week events are developed to include people from diverse backgrounds, organisations and perspectives. The wider Canberra community is invited to attend Law Week events which include the Law Week Launch, public lectures including the annual Sir Richard Blackburn Lecture, a Mock Trial organised by the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions, and tours of the ACT Supreme Court.
WLA ACT is grateful for the generous support of Maurice Blackburn.