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  • 19 Apr 2016 10:37 PM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous
    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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.


  • 08 Mar 2016 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    The Victorian Women Lawyers is now seeking new members to join its Cultural Diversity Committee.

    The Committee works to improve access to the law for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD backgrounds), by:

    • researching the areas of law in which CALD women may face difficulties obtaining information or assistance;
    • undertaking projects to inform women from CALD backgrounds about their legal rights; and
    • working with and in support of other organisations that deliver legal services and assistance to women from CALD backgrounds.

    If you are interested in joining the Committee, please get in touch with the Committee's Co-Chairs, Julia Wang (julia.r.wang@gmail.com) and Elva Zhang (elva.j.zhang@gmail.com).

  • 04 Mar 2016 9:39 AM | Anonymous
    This month's Law Institute Journal (March 2016) features several articles on the topic of cultural diversity. In particular, two of those articles refer to the AALA, highlighting the AALA's continuing advocacy for diversity in the legal profession. 

    To read more, please click on the links below:

    Cultural Diversity Essential for Survival

    Opinion - Challenge and Opportunity





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