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  • 29 Apr 2016 4:10 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Then why not get more involved with the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and help us in the drive to promote cultural diversity in the legal profession. Due to an overseas relocation, a casual vacancy has arisen on the AALA Executive Committee (until the next Annual General Meeting to be held in August/September). The Executive Committee, which meets monthly, provides governance and oversight of the activities of the AALA. In addition, Executive Committee members are expected to get involved with our sub-committees (membership, events, professional development, international relationships and social media/e-marketing) or other ad hoc programs (eg. proposed William Ah Ket Scholarship). While meetings are held at the Law Institute of Victoria, teleconference facilities are available for members who are interstate or work in suburban or regional areas.

    If you want to get involved, please send your CV (not more than 3 pages) and a short statement (not more than 250 words) about what you would bring to the AALA, to our secretary at tuanh.nguyen@aala.org.au by 5pm on Friday 13 May 2016. If you have been involved in AALA committees or similar work for other associations, that will be considered favourably. You should also indicate whether you would nevertheless be interested in joining one of our subcommittees in the event you are not appointed to the Executive Committee.

  • 29 Apr 2016 2:40 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) condemns the bigoted tirades published on social media, as referred to in The Age today, criticising the appointment of Ms Urfa Masood to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

    Attorney General Martin Pakula’s appointment of Ms Masood to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria is a step in the right direction towards greater cultural diversity in the Courts and ensuring the judiciary is reflective of the community it serves.  

    The President of the AALA, Reynah Tang, said:

    The Magistrates’ Court of Victoria handles a large volume of cases each day.  Ms Masood’s appointment will provide greater diversity of understanding in dealing with matters from an Australian community that is increasingly multicultural and multi-faith. This is critical for social cohesion.

    The AALA warmly congratulates Ms Masood on her appointment.

  • 19 Apr 2016 10:37 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Elevating our presence!

    In a span of three weeks, AALA members were coached by Master Voice and Presentation Coach, Richard Lawton – gaining invaluable tips on how to elevate our presence, physically and by using our voice. 

    We learned how to keep calm in high pressure situations by standing tall regardless of height, taking up powerful poses including hands on hips, standing with feet slightly apart and maintaining stillness. 

    We developed an awareness of high and low status body language. Members discovered their own default power pose and received effective feedback from Richard and each other. The sessions were highly interactive with demonstrations, practices, presentations and the voluntary sharing of success stories by participating members at each session. For those who missed out, Richard will return in the latter half of the year.

  • 19 Apr 2016 10:25 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    AALA Committee Member Molina Asthana recently appeared on SBS Radio discussing the topic of the 'bamboo ceiling'. Molina says that “diversity is better represented in America, in judiciary and legal profession … but if we talk about Australia things are different and diversity in judiciary and legal workplace is far less”. 

    To listen to the interview in Hindi, please click here

  • 13 Apr 2016 6:24 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)
    SBS Radio recently interviewed Reynah Tang, Kerry Truong and Daniel Nguyen in Cantonese in relation to the development of the AALA. To listen to the Cantonese interview, please click here.

  • 21 Mar 2016 7:18 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The Diversity Council of Australia has recently published a blog post on Harmony Day 2016 and the need to crack the cultural ceiling. 

    To read more, please click here

  • 21 Mar 2016 1:00 PM | Anonymous


    The NSW branch of the AALA is proud to present its first ever networking event, featuring special guest speaker Benjamin Law.

    Join the AALA NSW Committee, fellow members and Benjamin in a discussion about diversity, in particular Asian cultural and LGBTIQ identity, in Australia.

    Refreshments are provided. Please RSVP as limited places are available.

    Wednesday, 6 April 2016
    6.00pm - 7.45pm

    King & Wood Mallesons
    Governor Phillip Tower
    Level 61, 1 Farrer Place

    FREE - RSVP required

    Benjamin Law
    Benjamin Law is an author and journalist. He is best known for his books The Family Law, a family memoir published in 2010 (now a popular TV series), and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, a journalistic exploration of LGBTIQ life in Asia.

    As a journalist, he has contributed to publications including FrankieThe Australian Financial ReviewThe Saturday PaperThe MonthlyThe Courier-Mail and its Qweekend supplement, Griffith Review, Fairfax Media's Good Weekend magazine, The Big Issue and Crikey.

    Katrina Rathie
    Partner in Charge, King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney

    Kingsley Liu 
    President, AALA NSW


  • 15 Mar 2016 11:12 AM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    An article by Jing Zhu and Helen Tung, executive committee members of the AALA, has recently been published in The Bulletin, the journal of the Law Society of South Australia. 

    To read the article, please click here. The article appears on pages 22-23 of the journal. 

    If you are a legal practitioner in South Australia and would like to get involved with the AALA, please contact us at info@aala.org.au

  • 10 Mar 2016 9:48 AM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Event invitation

    Dear Members,

    Join internationally renowned arbitrator, Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS as he explores - the history of international arbitration - advantages and disadvantages of the procedures involved - the UNCITRAL Model Law, the basis of arbitration law in countries around the world, including Australia. 

    This event is not hosted by the AALA, but AALA members are warmly invited to attend. 

    Date and time
    Wednesday 16 March 
    5.30pm Registration & networking 
    6.00pm Commencement 
    7.30pm Close

    Holman Fenwick Willan 
    Level 41, Bourke Place 
    600 Bourke Street Melbourne, Victoria 3000

    To register for the event, please click here

  • 09 Mar 2016 3:22 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The AALA is teaming up with John Leung – Barrister, ukulele enthusiast, soccer goalie and comedian – to bring you special discounted tickets to his first ever solo show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – “John Leung: 8 Things You Don't Know About Me”.

    AALA members save $7 on the normal ticket price (from $22 to $15), and will also have the opportunity to join John and fellow members for drinks after the show.

    Only 20 spots available – first in, best dressed!

    Best regards,
    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association

    Tuesday, 12 April

    9.45pm (50 minutes)

    The Downstairs Lounge @ The Swanston Hotel Melbourne Grand Mercure
    195 Swanston Street

    $15.00 for AALA members

    Please do not book through the MICF website, Trybooking or at the door as you will not receive the discounted price.

    Optional pre-show dinner and post-show drinks (pay on the night) – details to be advised.




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