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  • 07 Aug 2019 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    As part of the upcoming Asian-Australian Leadership Summit (AALS) on September 12-13 in Melbourne, ANU, PwC Australia and Asialink, alongside Johnson Partners will be presenting the inaugural 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards.

    The awards will recognise exceptional young Asian-Australian leaders in their fields. The Awards are designed to celebrate the achievements of the next generation of Asian-Australians, making them more visible in the wider community and to provide a stepping stone to further leadership opportunities. The young leaders will have track records of making a significant contribution to their community, industry and driving Australia’s engagement with Asia. For more details about the awards categories, criteria and nomination process, click here.

    Applications close on Wednesday 7 August at 5pm AEST.

  • 07 Aug 2019 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    Do you identify yourself as an Asian-Australian? Are you between the ages of 18 to 40? Do you believe that Asian-Australians should be better represented at senior leadership levels in Australia? Would you like to become a voice and advocate to help make a difference? If so, we encourage you to register for the upcoming Asian-Australian Leadership Summit’s (AALS) NextGen Dialogue on 12 September, 2019 at the State Library of Victoria.

    Part of the wider AALS, the NextGen Dialogue is a session specifically developed for Asian-Australians aged 18-40 years old. Comprising of panel discussions, networking opportunities and an interactive workshop, the NextGen Dialogue will offer selected and invited participants’ opportunities to develop relevant insights, skills and networks to become leaders and advocates in their workplace.

    For further information and to register your attendance, click here.

  • 30 Jul 2019 12:45 PM | Anonymous


    All Victorian members, please join us for a fun, structured and relaxed opportunity to meet a broad range of senior and junior members of the legal profession.

    Participants will rotate in quick succession so that each person gets the chance to engage one on one with as many people as possible. For each rotation, participants will have a set time of approximately 10 minutes each to introduce themselves and learn more about the other person, making speed networking highly efficient.

    Event details are as follows:

    Date: Thursday, 22 August 2019
    Time: 5.30pm registration for 6.00 start until 8.00pm
    Venue: RC & Co Lawyers, Level 40, 140 William Street, Melbourne
    Cost: Free for members

    If you're interested, please RSVP by 15th August 2019 via our website

  • 20 Jun 2019 2:09 PM | Reimen Hii (Administrator)


    The President and Committee of the Queensland branch of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association Inc. (AALA) are delighted to invite you to our inaugural panel discussion on judicial diversity in Australia with:

    to be followed by closing remarks from the Hon. Chief Justice Catherine Holmes, Chief Justice of Queensland.  Drinks and canapés will be served prior to 6.00pm and following the panel discussion.

    Registrations are essential as spaces are strictly limited.  Please register at http://www.aala.org.au/event-3458239. Please contact qld@aala.org.au if you have any questions or issues.

    The AALA gratefully acknowledge the support provided by Corrs Chambers Westgarth in hosting this event.

  • 16 Jun 2019 11:10 PM | Anonymous

    March Of The Women With Habeas Chorus & Melbourne Lawyers' Orchestra (Lawchestra)

    Saturday, July 6, 2019

    7:00 PM 8:30 PM

    Werner Brodbeck Hall (The Assembly Hall Building, Scots' Church) (map)

    A celebration of diversity through the music of female composers who have historically been under-represented and under-performed. This concert features works from the 1800's through to the modern era by women of diverse cultural backgrounds. Through this concert, a connection is drawn with the ongoing work being done, and that must continue to be done, to promote diversity in the legal industry. See: https://www.bottledsnail.com/events Tickets are available at https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/marchofthewomen.

    For further information contact, Aimee Nguyen, Manager, Lawchestra; 0415 546 333; aimee.nguyen@bottledsnail.com

  • 03 Jun 2019 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    Victorian Asian Australian Lawyers Association and Maurice Blackburn held its second instalment of the Court Advocacy Series on 30 May 2019. County Court Commercial Division Judicial Registrars Sharon Burchell and My Anh Tran presented on interlocutory advocacy.

    We were treated to a behind-the-scenes perspective of the Judicial Registrars who provided invaluable tips on oral and written interlocutory advocacy as well as negotiation. It was an information-rich session which covered a substantial amount of practical content in a very concise, engaging and accessible way.

    Their Honours said that promoting cultural diversity in the law is something that is close to their hearts. We thank them for their ongoing support and are delighted to announce that AALA member Gillian Lee is the successful applicant to undertake an internship in the County Court Commercial Division with the Judicial Registrars.

    We look forward to the next part of the Court Advocacy Series.

    Special thanks to Judicial Registrars Burchell and Tran, as well as Jenny Tran and the team at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers for jointly holding the event with AALA Victoria.



  • 29 May 2019 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Australian Bar Association is holding its first international conference in Singapore, on 11-12 July 2019 entitled Convergence: the world-class conference for litigators

    At a time of both significant challenge and opportunity, Australia’s legal profession embraces its future with Asia.

    The carefully curated conference program will explore a range of commercial law and litigation topics and include sessions delivered by inspiring senior members of the legal profession and business sector along with the latest developments in practice development.

    Delegates will engage in ground-breaking discussion and return to practice with quantifiable skills.

    This is an exciting opportunity for like-minded professionals to engage with international colleagues – forging meaningful connections. In addition to an excellent and inspiring educational program, there will be an outstanding social, accompanying partner, and family program catering to those visiting Singapore specifically for the conference and for those passing through on the way to or from another destination.

    Featured Speakers include the Hon Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice, High Court of Australia and the Hon Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Singapore

    For more information visit:

    https://convergence2019.com.au/



  • 24 May 2019 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    The William Ah Ket Scholarship was officially launched at the Chinese Museum in Melbourne on Wednesday night (22 May 2019). It was great to hear from Jane Lee, reporter at the ABC (as moderator), Blossom Ah Ket, descendant of William Ah Ket (in whose honour the Scholarship is named), Mark Wang, Deputy Chairman of the Chinese Museum, and Kingsley Liu, National President of the AALA. 

    Thanks to all those who attended, including William Ah Ket’s family members, members of the judiciary, presidents of other associations and prominent members of educational institution. 

    The Scholarship involves writing a paper on a topic relating to equality, diversity and the law, and is open for expressions of interest until Friday 31 May 2019. For those who are interested in submitting an expression of interest, please do so here.

    The ‘One Million Stories’ exhibition is open for viewing at the Chinese Museum in Melbourne. To listen to Jane Lee’s podcast (on ABC) about William Ah Ket please go here.




  • 13 May 2019 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    The road for our cultural diversity may actually be unplanned but a cohesive journey with other parallel travellers. What started as a simple council development application to build a local prayer hall in Kemps Creek snowballed into a politically charged litigation fought in the media and the court room. Kingsley Liu tells Melissa Coade how his pro bono work for a small Indian Islamic community led him to represent other important human rights causes. See: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ei9obi76n8vtn5/The%20case%20that%20changed%20me.pdf?dl=0

    The article appeared in Issue 55 Law Society Journal, May 2019 at p 66

  • 07 May 2019 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    We are honoured to present the next installment of Victorian AALA and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers' Court Advocacy series. This event will feature County Court Judicial Registrars My Anh Tran and Sharon Burchell sharing their knowledge on interlocutory advocacy.

    The event details are as follows:
    Time: 5.15pm for 5.30pm start of presentation
    Date: Thursday, 30 May 2019
    Venue: Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Level 21 Boardroom, 380 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

    There will be no cost to attend for AALA members and Maurice Blackburn guests.
    Refreshments will be provided for networking after presentation.

    Please refer to the event flyer for more information.

    RSVP by Thursday 23 May 2019 via vicrsvp@mauriceblackburn.com.au or call Jessica Ogilvie at (03) 8792 7102.



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