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  • 21 Sep 2018 7:11 PM | Reimen Hii (Administrator)

    The Queensland Asian Australian Lawyers Association branch is holding its inaugural Litigation Workshop on Thursday morning 8 November 2018.  Tea, coffee, and a light breakfast will be provided.

    The topic will be “What to Do When Things Go Wrong”. What do you do when:

    • the day before a contested hearing you learn that your opponent has briefed a barrister that acted for your client 6 months ago on a direct access brief?
    • you go to receive a civil judgment and the judge has unexpectedly ruled against your client
    • your client is sentenced to an actual term of imprisonment and the corrective services officers start to circle?

    The Workshop will be delivered by a panel of barristers from a range of experience and practice areas. It is designed to give lawyers within the first 5 years of practice practical advice and tips they need when practising in litigation.  

    Date: Thursday 8 November 2018 
    Venue: Baker McKenzie, Level 8, 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000 
    Time: 7.15am for a 7.45am start 
    Cost: Free for AALA members, $10 for practitioners, $5 for students

    For further details and to register go to www.aala.org.au/event-3068023.

    Registrations are essential as spaces are strictly limited.

  • 20 Sep 2018 8:00 PM | Anonymous

    The co-authors of a paper on what parity in cultural diversity looks like are the winners of this year’s William Ah Ket Scholarship.

    The paper, by Kelvin Ng and Ming Kalanon, looked at cultural diversity by focusing on Asian Australians in the legal profession. The paper discusses the need and business case for cultural diversity, before focusing on how cultural diversity is measured.

    The paper was chosen by a panel of judges: The Hon. Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal; His Honour Judge Joshua Wilson, of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia; Professor George William AO, Dean of UNSW Law; and Patrick Ibbotson, partner and Chairman of Maddocks.

    Kelvin and Ming, who are graduate lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright, will each receive $3,000 for their winning paper.

    Chuan Jun Yeap, a lawyer at Marshalls+Dent+Wilmoth Lawyers, and Gisela Nip, a lawyer at Clayton Utz, were each awarded $1,000 as runners up. Chuan Jun’s paper highlighted the impact of unconscious bias and disproportionate gender representation in the legal profession. Gisela’s paper examined the consequences of a lack of cultural diversity on Australian company boards.

    This year marks the second year of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, an initiative by the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA). The scholarship is named after William Ah Ket, who in 1904 became the first Australian barrister of Chinese origin.

    The winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship was announced at a ceremony held tonight in the Sydney office of Maddocks, who is the sponsor of the scholarship. William Ah Ket was an articled clerk at Maddocks in 1903.

    AALA vice-president William Lye, OAM, congratulated the winners of this year’s scholarship.

    ‘The scholarship honours the career of William Ah Ket by asking junior members of the legal profession and law students to think deeply about diversity and equality in the law and the way the law deals with equality and diversity.

    ‘This year’s papers were outstanding as they tackled major issues that William Ah Ket confronted as a solicitor and then a barrister and that we as a profession and as a wider community continue to grapple with today.’

    Maddocks partner and chairman Patrick Ibbotson said the firm was proud to be supporting the scholarship.

    ‘Maddocks takes great pride in leading the discussion within the legal profession about how we can encourage greater diversity and equality within our own places of work and the greater community.

    ‘We are proud that such an important legal figure as William Ah Ket began his legal career with Maddocks more than 100 years ago and that we are able to honour his contribution to the profession in this way.’

  • 16 Sep 2018 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    The "Stress Management The Eastern Way" workshop was held last Thursday, 13 September in conjunction with R U OK day. This workshop is a collaboration between AALA and Peace Lab, proudly sponsored by Bank of Melbourne

    The main discussion was about mental health issues in the legal profession from the framework perspective of Neuroplasticity whereby the nature of lawyers' work have cultivated the negativity bias of the brain. "Non Doing" was also discussed reflecting the studies of ancient Chinese Taoism.

    This is one of AALA's first initiatives in focusing on wellbeing. The workshop was a great success, and was well received by our attendees. There were also lucky draw gifts generously provided by Bank of Melbourne#aalaeventsmelb#culturaldiversity


  • 06 Sep 2018 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association is proud to invite you to attend the announcement of the winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship 2018.

    We are delighted that The Honourable Justice Margaret Joan Beazley AO, President of the Court of Appeal, New South Wales will provide the keynote address at the award ceremony on 20 September 2018.

    The scholarship, sponsored by Maddocks, where William did his articles in 1902, will be awarded to the author who produces the most outstanding research paper on an issue related to equality, diversity and the legal profession or law.

    We will have the opportunity to hear a speech by the winning author summarising their research paper.

    Finger food and drinks will be served.

    To register, please click here.

  • 27 Aug 2018 10:22 PM | Reimen Hii (Administrator)

    Asian Australian Lawyers Association Queensland (AALA) and Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland (ILAQ) warmly invites you to attend its inaugural cultural awareness training seminar where a panel of esteemed and experienced Indigenous lawyers will be providing an introduction into Indigenous cultural awareness training aimed at legal professionals.

    The CPD will be held on 20 September 2018 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at:

    Law Society House
    Level 2, 179 Ann Street

    Registrations are now open at:  http://www.aala.org.au/event-3048033  

    ILAQ and AALA are committed to advancing cultural and linguistic diversity in the legal profession.  This is a rare opportunity for those working in the law to assist participants to gain an insight into Indigenous cultural diversity and from a general, historical, and social perspective which can be used to improve their own practices and gain better outcomes for Indigenous clients.

    The event is free for AALA and ILAQ members. We are also pleased to invite members to register non-member guests to attend this event at a nominal cost. Registrations are essential as spaces are limited.


  • 27 Aug 2018 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    The ABC Radio National History Listen is airing the William Ah Ket story at 11am tomorrow.

    Tune in to hear from William’s family members, Dr Sophie Couchman (Public Historian) and Reynah Tang (Immediate Past President of AALA) about Australia’s first Chinese barrister.

    The William Ah Ket story will also be available on the ABC Listen app and on the website after the story has aired: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-history-listen/william-ah-ket:-the-first-chinese-australian-barrister/10155706

  • 24 Aug 2018 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s legal sector.

    The initiative is providing women working in the sector with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

    The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met.

    Expressions of Interest
    Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest for here by 7 September 2018.

  • 24 Aug 2018 2:30 PM | Alexandra Zhu (Administrator)

    The WA Branch of the AALA, along with the Piddington Society and the Asian Business Alliance, are proud to invite to you a special advanced screening of Crazy Rich Asians on Wednesday, 29 August 2018. 

    It will be a great night to enjoy the current #1 box office hit and to also raise funds (with all proceeds going to the Piddington Society Justice Program).

    The details are as follows:

    Venue: Belmont Reading Cinemas, Knutsford Avenue & Fulham Street in Belmont

    Date: 29 August 2018

    Time: 6.30pm sharp

    To book tickets for the night, go to https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=417819&.

  • 24 Aug 2018 12:49 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The Australian Financial Review has recently reported on the world's first study into cultural diversity within the legal profession. Over 6500 lawyers at eight major law firms were sent surveys, with another three law firms conducting their own internal surveys.

    The article noted that "cultural diversity as an issue was about 15 - 20 years behind gender diversity".

    To read the article, please click here.

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