Author: AWL

Support for both men and women wanting to have a family while working at the Bar has greatly improved over the years, according to Justice Ruth McColl of the NSW Court of Appeal. Referred to in an article by Lara Bullock which appeared in Lawyers Weekly on 14 January 2016, Her Honour went on to say that while having children while pursuing a career at the Bar used to be difficult, she believes the Bar is now much more supportive of families. To read the full article, copy this address into your browser: http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/wig-chamber/news/17801-remarkable-transformation-in-family-support-at-the-bar-judge-mccoll,utm_source=lawyersweekly&utm_campaign=lawyersweekly_Bulletin14_01_2016&utm_medium=email...

The Women Lawyers Association of NSW (WLANSW) has launched a Wollongong branch. The new ‘Wollongong Chapter’ was formed “to better engage and support women lawyers outside of CBD areas”, according to WLANSW president Lee-May Saw. The branch was created on 15 October last year through the formation of a local subcommittee. Lawyers Weekly reported on the formation of the Chapter in an article by Felicity Nelson published on 15 January 2016, ahead of a launch Cocktail Event hosted by the University of Wollongong and held in Wollongong on 28 May 2016. To read the full article, copy this address into your browser: http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/news/17816-wlansw-expands-into-regional-areas,utm_source=lawyersweekly&utm_campaign=lawyersweekly_Bulletin15_01_2016&utm_medium=email...

This article by Felicity Nelson was published in Lawyers Weekly on 23 March 2016. Ms Nelson reports that after 10 years of sharing front-facing legal roles, senior legal counsel Deanna Chan and Ana Simurina are challenging perceptions by working full-time jobs as a team. Ms Chan and Ms Simurina originally teamed up to share a transactional role as in-house lawyers at Stockland. A decade on, they are still working together as senior legal counsel at Mirvac, working three days a week each with a one-day crossover. To read the full article, paste this address into your browser: http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/news/18190-job-share-partners-smash-flexibility-ceiling?utm_source=lawyersweekly&utm_campaign=lawyersweekly_Bulletin23_03_2016&utm_medium=email...

According to this articel by Felicity Nelson which appeared in Lawyers Weekly on 8 March 2016, the Governor of Victoria has recognised the contributions of regional women lawyers in the lead-up to International Women’s Day. Linda Dessau, the Governor of Victoria, invited members of the Victorian Bar’s Women Barristers Association and Victorian Women Lawyers to an afternoon reception at Government House last week. Governor Dessau, who spoke at the event, has a history of involvement in the law and in community organisations. “The Victorian Bar is delighted to be a part of this event at the Governor’s invitation,” said Paul Anastassiou QC, president of the Victorian Bar. “Our state’s regional barristers and solicitors play a vital role in country Victoria,” he said. “Their community leadership extends beyond their legal work to pro bono work and extensive involvement in local community organisations.”
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The New South Wales government has appointed the State's first woman Attorney General, Gabrielle Upton, and Queensland has appointed as its Attorney General, Yvette D'Ath. Both appointments have been greeted very positively and both Attorney Generals are to be congratulated on their appointments. To read more about these appointments as well as other news on topics such as judicial stress management and the vision brought to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency by its new head, Louise McSolrey, like Australian Women Lawyers on Facebook....

Issue 4 of Women Lawyers of Queensland's journal, Inspire, published 23 February 2015, is available on line at http://wlaq.com.au/2015-2/news-article/inspire-issue-4/. It includes articles about feminism's PR problem, getting organised, wellbeing and book reviews. Enjoy...

We recently added a news item about the roundtables being run by the Law Council of Australia following on from the release, one year ago, of the National Attrition and Re-engagement Study. Lawyers Weekly reported on the first roundtable, which was held on 13 March 2015 in an article by Felicity Nelson titled "THe Nars report: One year on" which was published on 24 March 2015. You can read the article at http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/news/16312-the-nars-report-one-year-on,utm_source=lawyersweekly&utm_campaign=lawyersweekly_Bulletin24_03_2015&utm_medium=email. The second roundtable is on 8 May 2015. If you have ideas or opinions that you would like raised at the roundtable, please give them to AWL's delegate and President, Amy Challans by email akchallans@hotmail.com or by phone to 0402 929 302...

This article appeared in the FTI Journal online in March 2015. It is largely based on work by Carol Frohlinger, founder of Negotiating Women, a consulting firm which advises women on how to rise to leadership positions, and organisations on how to recruit, retain and advance talented women. Ms Frohlinger is a lawyer and her advice work has included working with Bar associations on issues to do with gender equity and women in the law. She also served on a New York State Bar Association task force on the future of the legal profession. She is a co-author of "Her place at the table: A woman's guide to negotiating five key challenges to leadership success." To read this article, go to: http://ftijournal.com/article/negotiating-strategies-for-women-on-their-way-to-the-top...

Members who are interested in statistics about the legal profession may be interested in Job Outlook, an Australian Government Initiative. At its website, at http://www.joboutlook.gov.au, the Government has collected information about many types of jobs including barristers, solicitors, legal executives and legal clerks (but not judges). The information includes past trends, anticipated job outlook, participation by State or Territory, gender, age (amongst others), earnings and whether people work full time or part time. It seems to be a useful starting point for any research about participating in the profession....

The Supreme Court of South Australia and the South Australian Bar have developed a program, the Step up to the Bar program, with the aim of increasing numbers of women at the Bar. Reports on the program from: ABC News online published 15 April 2015 can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2015/s4217141.htm and http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-4-15/justice-chris-kourakis/6394440 and Lawyers Weekly published 20 April 2015 can be found at http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/wig-chamber/news/16403-sa-takes-steps-to-address-gender-imbalance-at-the-bar,utm_source=lawyersweekly&utm_campaign=lawyersweekly_Bulletin20_04_2015&utm-medium=email...