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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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International Women's Day Event - Snapshots of the Australian Legal System and Victims of Family Violence, sponsored by Farrar Gesini Dunn
Mar
9
5:00 PM17:00

International Women's Day Event - Snapshots of the Australian Legal System and Victims of Family Violence, sponsored by Farrar Gesini Dunn

An address by Professor Patricia Easteal AM
2010 ACT Australian of the year

As part of International Women's Day, Patricia will explain how the unconscious gendered filtering of ‘reality’ in our culture (the iceberg of biases) can militate against the successful translation of the many laws and amendments enacted to better address violence against women.

5pm, for 5:30pm. Followed by drinks & canapés
ACT lawyers may be eligible to claim 1 CPD point in core area 4 (substantive law)
Non-lawyers warmly welcome

RSVP by Wednesday 8 March. 

WLA ACT is grateful for Farrar Gesini Dunn's sponsorship of this event. 

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Mentor Breakfast with Noor Blumer
Feb
15
7:45 AM07:45

Mentor Breakfast with Noor Blumer

Thank you for your interest, this event has sold out. We hope to see you at future events.

WLA ACT is pleased to invite you to our first Mentor Breakfast of 2017, with guest speaker Noor Blumer, Director of Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers and 2016 Woman Lawyer of the Year.

Noor Blumer is currently Director of Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers. She moved to Canberra in 2000 and, with her husband Mark Blumer, established the successful and widely-recognised personal injury firm.

Noor finished school at age 16, and later studied law remotely from Griffith, NSW, while at the same time working full time and caring for her children. When she was admitted to practice, she was the only woman lawyer in Griffith and later became the first woman to be a law partner in the entire Riverina district. 

She has served as President of the ACT Law Society, when she was only the second woman to be elected in the Society's history. Her selection as WLA ACT's inaugural Woman Lawyer of the Year 2016 was a surprise to no one, being a leader and inspiration to her peers and the women lawyers who come after her. 

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.

Noor will share her insights on her fascinating career at our first mentor breakfast of the year.

Event Details

Date and time: Wednesday 15 February 2017, 7.45am. 

Venue: National Ballroom 4, Hotel Realm, Canberra. 

Cost: $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

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

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Partner Forum
Aug
11
12:30 PM12:30

Partner Forum

The Women Lawyers Association of the ACT is pleased to present our inaugural Partner Forum event.

The Partner Forum is an opportunity for attendees to have informal discussions about career choices and experiences within the legal profession with accomplished women partners from firms around Canberra, and their 'path to partnership'.

A light lunch will be provided.

This event is proudly sponsored by Clayton Utz.

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Tickets

Members: Free

Non-members: $10

Tickets available for purchase online

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'Your Career and Finances' - MLC Advice Seminar
Jun
23
5:30 PM17:30

'Your Career and Finances' - MLC Advice Seminar

WLA ACT is pleased to invite you to a seminar on 'Your Career and Finances'.

This seminar will be run by Michael Miller, WLA ACT's principal sponsor, Michael Miller of MLC Advice.

Michael will cover the following topics:

  • How to invest in your career to the benefit of your finances.
  • How to manage your finances to fit your career.
  • What you should do if you're planning to take a period of maternity leave.
  • Career progression and finances: how to set up your finances if you intend to become a partner, start your own firm, or go to the bar.

This event is free for WLA ACT members, and $10 for non-members.

Please click here to register.

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Law Week Dinner
May
18
to May 19

Law Week Dinner

  • The Boat House by the Lake (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Law Week approaches and WLA ACT is once again proud to host the Law Week Dinner on 18 May 2016 at The Boat House by the Lake, generously sponsored by the Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Women’s Network.

Continuing the tradition of compelling guest speakers for the Dinner, this year we are thrilled to welcome Group Captain Catherine McGregor AM.

Until her resignation in December 2015 Catherine McGregor was the world's highest-ranking transgender military officer. She was also awarded an Order of Australia for exceptional service to the Australian Army in 2012.  Catherine's extraordinary life has spanned decorated solider, first-class cricketer, acclaimed cricket writer and political operative, and is intertwined with her compelling personal battle that led to her decision to transition as a woman at age 56. She was named as one of Australia’s 50 most powerful women by the Australian Women’s Weekly and honoured with being named the 2016 Queensland Australian of the Year.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Catherine. Tables of 8 can also be purchased. For members of WLA ACT, tickets are $130.  For non-members tickets are $140.  

Discount tickets

We are also pleased to announce that WLA ACT is offering tickets to two members at the discounted price of $40 each.  The aim is to enable members who would not otherwise be able to attend to do so.  It is particularly aimed at students, newly admitted lawyers, and those working in the community sector.  Please email contact@wlaact.org.au an expression of interest (one short paragraph) by close of business on 6 May 2016.  We will let you know shortly after that. 

We look forward to seeing you for a wonderful evening at the Law Week Dinner on 18 May. 

 

Event Details

Date and time: Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.

Venue: The Boat House by the Lake, Menindee Drive, Barton ACT.

Cost: $130 for members and $140 for non-members.

Please click this link to purchase tickets.

 

 

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Mentor Breakfast
May
10
7:30 AM07:30

Mentor Breakfast

WLA ACT is pleased to invite you to our first Mentor Breakfast of 2016, with guest speaker Katrina Cooper, Senior Legal Advisor at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Katrina Cooper is currently the Senior Legal Advisor at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with oversight of international and domestic law issues. She has had a varied career as a diplomat, including postings to Chile, Port Moresby and as Australia’s Ambassador to Mexico. She has also recently been announced as the next Deputy Chief of Mission to Washington DC.

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.

Katrina will share her insights on her career as a lawyer and diplomat, and on her work with the Women in Leadership initiative at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Event Details

Date and time: Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 7.30am to 8.30am. 

Venue: Assembly Room, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra. 

Cost: $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

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

Please click here to purchase tickets.

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Book Launch
Mar
11
5:30 PM17:30

Book Launch

WLA ACT, in conjunction with the Women's Legal Centre and Legal Aid ACT, has the pleasure of inviting you to the book launch of 'Whispers from the Bush: The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women', by Dr Skye Saunders.

Dr Skye Saunders is an academic at the Australian National University (ANU). Prior to joining the ANU, Skye worked as a Canberra-based solicitor in the area of Employment Relations and Discrimination Law where she developed a particular interest in sexual harassment matters. Skye is an advocate for issues of gender and the law, particularly in the complex context of remote Australian communities.

With guest speakers:
Melinda Tankard Reist, Women & Girls' Advocate
Belinda Barnard, ACT Human Rights Commission

Drinks and nibbles provided.

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This is a free event for members and non-members.

Please RSVP online via this link

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Family Day & High Tea
Feb
20
10:30 AM10:30

Family Day & High Tea

  • ACT Supreme Court (then Parlour Wine Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are delighted to invite you to our first event of the new calendar year on Saturday, 20 January 2016 - our Family Day at the ACT Supreme Court, followed by High Tea nearby at Parlour Wine Room, New Acton.

Do your kids (or grandchildren or nieces or nephews...) wonder what on earth you do at work?  Bring them along to the Family Day so they can sit at the bar table, try on a wig & gown and visit the cells!  Entry is free and we would love to see you and your families there.

Afterwards, enjoy a delicious spread and great conversation at the High Tea. This has proven to be a very popular event in past years so get in early to secure your spot! Members enjoy discounted tickets.

Tickets

Court visit - Free

High Tea - $40 for members, $45 for non-members (free for children under 12)

Available online for purchase

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