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  • 09 Jul 2015 9:27 PM | Anonymous

    The Bar Council of India and the Society of Indian Law Firms have recently been in talks with their government about opening up the legal sector to foreign law firms. If the legal sector is opened up to foreign law firms, this may lead to more opportunities for collaboration between the Australian and Indian legal professions.

    Related articles can be found on the Times of India website and Australasian Lawyer.


  • 03 Jul 2015 9:28 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    The AALA is excited to announce the launch of the 2015 mentoring program. Applications are now open to participate in the program as a mentee.

    For more information and application details, please click here.

    If you are a senior legal practitioner and would be interested in becoming a mentor, please contact us atmentorprogram@aala.org.au.


  • 18 Jun 2015 9:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Federal Lawyer, the magazine of the American Federal Bar Association, has published its latest issue on the theme of “Diversity in the Law“.

    One of the feature articles specifically addresses the issue of cultural diversity and implicit bias in the legal profession. To read the article, please click here to visit the Federal Bar Association website.


  • 17 Jun 2015 9:32 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    You are invited to join the Victorian Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) in celebration of the Centenary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The guest speaker is The Hon Murray Gleeson AC, Chief Justice of Australia (1998 – 2008), a Companion of CIArb and Patron of CIArb Australia who will speak on Evidence in International Commercial Arbitrations.

    The event is not organised by the AALA, but AALA members are warmly invited to attend.

    Date: Tuesday, 23 June 2015

    Time: 5:45pm for 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Venue: Clayton Utz
    Level 18, 333 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000

    For more information please click here to view the event flyer.


  • 10 Jun 2015 9:33 PM | Anonymous

    Griffith University is conducting a short 5 minute survey aimed at understanding more about the experiences of Asian Australian individuals, and the ways in which prejudice, political action and racism affect individuals in Australia. The survey is anonymous and participants will go into a draw to win 1 of 5 $20 Coles Myer gift cards.

    The research is not conducted by the AALA, but we would show support for research that aligns with the AALA’s objectives of promoting cultural diversity in the law.

    To take the survey, please click here.


  • 03 Jun 2015 9:34 PM | Anonymous

    On 25 May, the AALA held its first professional development seminar at the stunning Venetian gothic designed Donkey Wheel House.  The panel discussion featured ex-lawyer, now property developer, Mr Jason Yeap OAM, and government lawyer and board member, Ms Jenny Taing. The event was chaired by Ms Tuanh Nguyen of Baker & McKenzie, and the panel discussion moderated by Mr Cam Truong from the Victorian Bar. Throughout the evening the panelists provided insights, advice and learnings from their own unique journeys.

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    One pearl of wisdom shared on the night included Ms Taing’s caution to avoid ‘tokenism’, and to always strive to keep your credibility intact by leading with the contribution you make, and not with your gender, heritage or age. Ms Taing also spoke about the importance of being humble and listening, qualities which have served her well in her capacity as a director on various health and not-for-profit boards, and also in her role as a lawyer. For those looking to join a board in the future, Ms Taing shared how she became a board member of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, which was by initially joining an advisory committee at the hospital and contributing for a few years, before being invited to join the board.

    Similarly, Mr Yeap discussed how he was invited to get involved with the National Gallery of Victoria, as a result of the passion he displayed while speaking to former Prime Minister John Howard about refugee matters. Ms Taing observed that a great thing about not-for-profit boards is that you get to work with people that aren’t lawyers, and get exposed to different perspectives, which can help makes you a better lawyer.

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    Mr Yeap highlighted the important role of sponsorship in career advancement, and explained the difference between sponsorship and mentoring. Personal stories of the role the panelist’s mentors had played in their journeys were shared. When asked how to seek a mentor, Ms Taing shared that the ‘best mentoring relationships come through establishment of a real connection’, which she mentioned she was fortunate to have had with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. On the topic of work-life-balance, Mr Yeap advised that he has always strived to balance his life equally between his family, career and community and, although perfect balance has not always been possible, he strives to equally give 1/3 of himself to each.

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    The panelists acknowledge that different professions have different appetites for diversity, and that the legal profession is still quite conservative. Ms Taing added that, in the boardroom, the conversation is mostly about gender; and felt that it needs to become more sophisticated and look at wider diversity. Interestingly, Mr Yeap told the audience that “the best compliment he can get is that he is a good Australian”.

    Both Ms Taing and Mr Yeap encouraged participants to get involved in committees and sub-committees of the AALA and other organisations, to try and make a difference and to be clear on “what the next step is”. Mr Yeap also encouraged the audience of lawyers to use their skills to “advocate without fear”.
    The night came to an end with the panelists sharing a tenet for personal and professional fulfillment, which was to display your passion genuinely and to be true to yourself. The audience then had a chance to mingle with panelists and each other, over drinks and delicious food from Kinfolk.

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  • 29 May 2015 9:37 PM | Anonymous

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association has recently registered as an Australian Registered Body with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and plans to establish a Sydney presence.

    On 26 May 2015, AALA President Reynah Tang and Secretary Tuanh Nguyen met with a group of interested lawyers in Sydney and confirmed there was considerable support for the establishment of a branch.

    The intention is to hold an event to launch the Sydney branch before the end of the year. If you are a Sydney based lawyer and would like to get involved, please let us know at info@aala.org.au.

    For further details about joining as an AALA member, please visit our membership page.


  • 20 May 2015 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    If you have not yet done so, we would encourage you to register for the CPD event next Monday, 25th May 2015. The panel will feature guest speakers Jason Yeap OEM and Jenny Taing on enhancing your career with community service and philanthropic endeavours.

    Lawyers may claim 1 CPD unit for Professional Skills.

    For more information and registration details, please click here. For any enquiries, please contact us at info@aala.org.au.

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  • 14 May 2015 9:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association is proud to present its first professional development seminar:

    “A benevolent spirit, an enhanced career” – A panel discussion featuring Jason Yeap OAM and Jenny Taing on how to enhance your career with community service and philanthropic endeavours.

    Date: Monday 25 May 2015, 5.30 pm, with drinks and finger food following.

    Location: The Donkey Wheelhouse (Depot Room), 673 Bourke Street,  Melbourne VIC 3000

    Suitable for: All lawyers and other professional services

    MCLE/CPD Guide: 1.0 point (Professional Skills)

    For more information and registration details, please click here.

    CPD Flyer


  • 07 May 2015 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    A recent article on BloombergView has discussed research findings that discrimination has a real cost to economic output.

    To read more on BloombergView’s website, please click here.

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