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  • 29 Jul 2015 7:23 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    The Chinese Community Council of Australia will be holding its National Conference 2015 on Saturday, 12 September 2015.

    The theme of the National Conference is "Piercing the Bamboo Ceiling". Leaders from various fields including public life, business, community, media, academics and the arts have been invited to speak at the event. The Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Daniel Andrews will be opening the conference and Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr. Tim Soutphommasane will be one of the guest speakers. AALA President Reynah Tang and committee member William Lye will also be speaking at the event.

    This event is not organized by the AALA, however AALA members are warmly invited to attend. For more details about registration, please click here.



  • 29 Jul 2015 12:00 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association would like to congratulate one of our members Charles Tan on his appointment as Magistrate to the Magistrates' Court. Mr Tan is Malaysian born with Chinese heritage, and is the first person of Chinese origin to be appointed a magistrate in Victoria. His appointment represents a significant milestone in working towards a culturally diverse judiciary.

    To read the official media release, please click here.

  • 22 Jul 2015 9:24 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    If you have not yet done so, we would encourage you to apply for the AALA mentoring program as soon as possible.

    The program is open to practicing lawyers at all levels. To apply or to find out more, please click here.

    Applications close 24 July 2015 and the program is scheduled to launch for 12 August 2015.

  • 17 Jul 2015 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    Please see below information in relation to Menzies Foundation scholarships in law, which may be of interest to some members.

    Menzies Foundation scholarships in law

    The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding law graduates who are shaping up to be the next generation of leaders and looking to do further postgraduate study overseas.

    The Menzies Foundation is offering two scholarships for studying commencing in 2016.

    • The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law is for courses of study at UK universities.
    • The Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law is for courses of study in international law at a prestigious overseas university.

    Both scholarships, valued at up to $75,000.

    Applications are now open and close on 31 August 2015

    To be eligible, applicants must be Australian citizens and hold a 1st class honours degree or equivalent and be planning to continue their career in Australia on completion of their study.

    Candidates should not only display academic excellence but also demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and a commitment to and interest in community service.

    The funds are to meet compulsory university fees and contribute towards the cost of books, equipment, living and travel.

    You can see last year’s winners, Patrick Wall and Andrew Currie, online at:http://menziesfoundation.org.au/scholars/scholars-current

    For the full prospectus and to apply:

    Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law: http://menziesfoundation.org.au/scholarships/law

    Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law:http://menziesfoundation.org.au/scholarships/international-law

  • 10 Jul 2015 9:26 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Last year, Diversity Council Australia published a report entitled “Cracking the Cultural Ceiling: Future Proofing Your Business in the Asian Century”, in which it examined the issue of a bamboo ceiling.

    Dr Tom Verghese, founder of Cultural Synergies, has posted on his blog about some breakthroughs that he believes are necessary to overcome the bamboo ceiling. To read more, please click here.

  • 09 Jul 2015 9:27 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    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 | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    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 | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    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 | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    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 | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    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.





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