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  • 03 Dec 2015 11:08 AM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The AALA is pleased to announce that former High Court judge Michael Kirby AC CMG has been appointed the patron of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association. 

    Mr Kirby was the keynote speaker at the launch of the AALA in NSW, and has been an outspoken champion of diversity in the legal profession. 

    To read the Australasian Lawyer's article on his appointment as patron, please click here

    To read The Australian's article, please click here

  • 01 Dec 2015 5:46 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Dear Members, 

    We previously advertised on our blog about grants from the National Industry Scholarship Grant Initiative (NISGI) for women in the professional services sector. Please be advised that the application date has now been extended to 17 December 2015 for AALA members. For more information, please see below. 



    In 2015 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors.

    From October 1 2015 the initiative will provide women in the professional services sector with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in the professional services sector at two levels. Please click on the preferred program link for details.

    1. Senior Management and Executive level Women Leaders can apply for $12,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.
    2. Women Managers can apply for $5,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.

    Expressions of Interest
    To request a Scholarship Grant Application Form or additional information please complete the Expression of Interest form.

    Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on 03 9270 9016 or via ijohnson@asam.edu.au



  • 26 Nov 2015 2:06 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The UK High Court has recently appointed barrister Bobbie Cheema-Grubb QC as its first Asian female judge.  The AALA would like to congratulate her on this historic achievement. 

    To read more, follow one of the links below:

    The Guardian article

    Official announcement

  • 19 Nov 2015 3:48 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Dear All, 

    Videos from the launch of our NSW branch are now available to view on YouTube. 

    To watch the videos, please follow the links below. 

    Part I - Welcome


    Part II - Keynote address



    Part III - Vote of thanks



  • 16 Nov 2015 3:44 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Dear Members, 

    You are warmly invited to attend the YSLP (Young Sri Lankan Professionals) Xmas party on 27 November 2015. This is a free event. 

    Venue: Katuk Bar (Front Lounge), 517 Chapel Street South Yarra VIC 3141
    Date: 27th November 2015
    Time: 6:30pm till late
    RSVP by 22nd of November at yslp.events@gmail.com

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

  • 16 Nov 2015 2:10 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The Australasian Lawyer recently interviewed AALA President Reynah Tang and NSW branch committee member Edmond Park regarding the recent launch of the NSW branch. 

    To watch the interviews, please click here

  • 13 Nov 2015 4:52 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Yesterday, the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and its NSW launch were officially recognised in the legislative assembly of the NSW Parliament. 

    Mr Paul Lynch, Member for Liverpool, stated that "The AALA plays an important part in the discussion about diversity within the legal profession and the need for diversity to be increased within the senior ranks of the professions". 

    The full transcript is available on the NSW Parliament's website

  • 10 Nov 2015 2:04 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) was formed in 2013 to create greater cultural diversity and understanding within the senior ranks of the legal profession. On 2 November 2015, we welcomed a new chapter with the formal launch of the New South Wales branch held at Baker & McKenzie’s Sydney’s office. Kingsley Liu, solicitor and director of The People’s Solicitors, was appointed President of the NSW branch.


    Over 140 people attended the launch, including the Race Discrimination Commission, Dr Tim Soutphommasane, members of the NSW judiciary, members of Parliament, representatives of NSW law schools, peak bodies such as the NSW Law Society, Law Council of Australia, Diversity Council Australia, NSW Bar Association, law firms, leaders of the business community and diplomatic representatives.

    We were privileged and honoured to have special guest speaker Mr Michael Kirby, former High Court judge who is an outspoken champion of diversity in the legal profession.


    Mr Kirby started by saying that ‘[n]othing happens in this world unless people stand up for themselves.’ He congratulated the AALA for collecting statistics which showed that even though 9.6 per cent of people within the Australian community are of Asian backgrounds, they account for only 3.1 per cent of partners at major firms. The statistics also show that people of Asian backgrounds comprise of only 1.6 per cent of the Bar and 0.8 per cent of the judiciary.

    Mr Kirby acknowledged the importance of this research:

    ‘You only build the future on the basis of the truth of the present. It’s a wonderful thing that these figures are now known and therefore we have to address them and ask “Well, does it matter?” If it matters, “Why has it happened?” And if it’s happened, “What can we do about it?”


    Mr Kirby noted the importance of diversity in the law:

    “Law is not an ordinary profession… Law is about the values that inform what we do, how we do it and outcomes… therefore it’s more important in law to reflect the diversity of values than it is in just about anywhere else because law is about power … And if values affect the exercise of power, it is very, very important that the diversity of values and the experience of backgrounds should be reflected.’

    He made the important point that because the judiciary usually comes from the bar then we will not ‘provide the catching field for the judiciary unless you have more people in the level of partners at legal firms and members of the bar and silks within the bar.’


    Dr Tim Soutphommasane gave the vote of thanks to Mr Kirby and highlighted the good work that the AALA is doing in starting the conversation on cultural diversity in the legal profession.

    We are delighted with the success of the launch and we are excited to work with the NSW branch in undertaking initiatives and activities to further the objectives of the AALA.  

     







  • 06 Nov 2015 2:00 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    On Monday 2 November 2015 the AALA officially launched its NSW branch.

    Thank you to all who attended and helped make the event a success. Over 140 people attended the launch, including guest speaker the Hon Michael Kirby. 

    Lawyers Weekly recently published an article on the launch. To read more, please click here

  • 02 Nov 2015 10:30 AM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The Law Institute of Victoria is pleased to announce a closer relationship with the Asian Australian Lawyers Association Inc (AALA), with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations. The MOU represents a partnership of mutual interest between the two associations that will provide them both with in-kind support and benefits

    CEO of the Law Institute of Victoria Nerida Wallace said:

    The LIV has a long tradition over its 156 years of fostering emerging associations of lawyers and of people who work in the law.  With the emerging closeness to Asia, this agreement shows a recognition that the practice of law across Australia is moving to meet new and exciting opportunities that engagement with Asia will offer.

    President of the AALA Reynah Tang, said:

    The LIV has long been a leader in promoting the issue of diversity in the legal profession and played an important role in setting up the Asian Australian Lawyers Association at a time when the issue of cultural diversity was not receiving much attention elsewhere in the legal profession.

    This arrangement will formalise the connection between the LIV and the AALA. It will provide us with the resources and moral support that are so important to facilitate vital change in this area. We look forward to the continuing close involvement between our two organisations.

    To view the official media release please click here to visit the LIV's website. 

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