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  • 06 Sep 2018 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association is proud to invite you to attend the announcement of the winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship 2018.

    We are delighted that The Honourable Justice Margaret Joan Beazley AO, President of the Court of Appeal, New South Wales will provide the keynote address at the award ceremony on 20 September 2018.

    The scholarship, sponsored by Maddocks, where William did his articles in 1902, will be awarded to the author who produces the most outstanding research paper on an issue related to equality, diversity and the legal profession or law.

    We will have the opportunity to hear a speech by the winning author summarising their research paper.

    Finger food and drinks will be served.

    To register, please click here.

  • 28 Aug 2018 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    The NSW Committee of the Australian Asian Lawyers Association hosted the annual William Lee Address on 28 August 2018. The Address was hosted by sponsor Baker McKenzie at the new Barangaroo office, welcoming our members to the territory of the Gadigal of the Eora Nation.


    Opened by Baker McKenzie Partner, Richard Gough and NSW Committee President Kingsley Liu, the night welcomed over 40 guests to listen to the esteemed panel:

    • Juliana Warner, Managing Partner Herbert Smith Freehills
    • BJ Kim International Program Manager Environmental Defenders Office
    • Ken Nguyen, Partner Ashurst
    • Julie Chai, CEO Asian Leadership Project and D&I specialist

    William Lee was the first Asian barrister admitted in the jurisdiction of NSW. Australian-born of Chinese heritage, Lee’s journey was defined by ambition and resilience. In commemoration of his legacy, the theme of this year’s Address was ‘Courage and Determination.’ Juliana Warner opened with: “in order to be inclusive, you need to think ‘inclusive.’ We need to be inclusive and culturally sensitive to differing leadership and communication styles.” Warner recalled an experience within Herbert Smith Freehills that certainly had a few heads nodding in approval, “we had a matter with a firm based in Singapore. We found our teams were not communicating and the process was strenuous. As a measure, our office engaged in cultural training- it helped us communicate better with the firm and progress our matter. We were able to organise a series of caucuses that promoted peer-to-peer communication…Cultural training was a revelation. I felt so bad about how I put my team mates in such a culturally uncomfortable position.”


    Julie Chai was welcoming of this cultural training. Chai works across numerous firms to improve engagement, retention and development of Asian-Australian talent, and enhance culturally sensitive D&I practices. Commenting on this, BJ Kim observed: “it is a two-way street. There is a certain amount of unconscious bias in society, but minorities have also adopted these biases. We have to stop apologising for being in the room. And this applies to all minorities. It doesn’t come easily and organisations need to provide support, like mentoring and policy implementation. But people also need to consider making the themselves more resilient through for example counselling and coaching services.” Ken Nguyen, passionate about leadership, had this tip to rising lawyers: “exhibit your confidence. Embrace different leadership styles as you learn. Embrace your individualism.” Incorporating intersectional feminism, Warner closed with, “we need to help ourselves. There are things we can do to take charge ourselves- such as, building our self-confidence in an appropriate way and learning skills.”

    Reflecting on his career progression into partnership, Nguyen found that, unfortunately, racial profiling and cultural micro-aggressions do not stop. But, what is changing is society’s intolerance- we are no longer dismissive of a casual racist remark, a taunt or a stereotype. Ken’s own stories sparked a dialogue within the audience, welcoming a series of reflections from practitioners within commercial, public and in-house sectors. The audience were also keen to hear from the panel about how individuals and firms can strategically respond. Reflecting on her own career story, Chai emphasised the importance of networking and made a distinction between sponsorship and mentorship. The AALA audience welcomed these strategies that provide a wide landscape for individual trail blazers and offices to work together in promoting intersectional harmony.


    This is where the value of the AALA is realised. The objective of the AALA is to provide a safe environment to confront the issues of racism and intolerance. By engaging with the uncomfortable, the AALA fosters a meaningful dialogue and inspires action. The Committee is extremely thankful to our audience and members and we hope to have you at our upcoming events:

    • The William Ah Ket Scholarship Award
      20 September 2018
      6 – 8 pm
      Maddocks, Sydney

    • Commercial Law in the Asian Century: Is Western Sydney Ready?
      15 November 2018
      6 – 8 pm
      Western Sydney University, Parramatta

    The AALA acknowledges and respects that the event was hosted on the land of the Eora Nation. The NSW Committee pays our respects to the Traditional Owners both past and present.

    Barangaroo is named after a power Cammeraygal woman who is a key figure in local Aboriginal culture and community. To learn more, visit: https://www.barangaroo.com/see-and-do/barangaroo/aboriginal-culture


  • 27 Aug 2018 10:22 PM | Reimen Hii (Administrator)

    Asian Australian Lawyers Association Queensland (AALA) and Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland (ILAQ) warmly invites you to attend its inaugural cultural awareness training seminar where a panel of esteemed and experienced Indigenous lawyers will be providing an introduction into Indigenous cultural awareness training aimed at legal professionals.

    The CPD will be held on 20 September 2018 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at:

    Law Society House
    Level 2, 179 Ann Street
    BRISBANE QLD 4000

    Registrations are now open at:  http://www.aala.org.au/event-3048033  

    ILAQ and AALA are committed to advancing cultural and linguistic diversity in the legal profession.  This is a rare opportunity for those working in the law to assist participants to gain an insight into Indigenous cultural diversity and from a general, historical, and social perspective which can be used to improve their own practices and gain better outcomes for Indigenous clients.

    The event is free for AALA and ILAQ members. We are also pleased to invite members to register non-member guests to attend this event at a nominal cost. Registrations are essential as spaces are limited.

     

  • 27 Aug 2018 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    The ABC Radio National History Listen is airing the William Ah Ket story at 11am tomorrow.

    Tune in to hear from William’s family members, Dr Sophie Couchman (Public Historian) and Reynah Tang (Immediate Past President of AALA) about Australia’s first Chinese barrister.

    The William Ah Ket story will also be available on the ABC Listen app and on the website after the story has aired: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-history-listen/william-ah-ket:-the-first-chinese-australian-barrister/10155706

  • 24 Aug 2018 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s legal sector.

    The initiative is providing women working in the sector with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

    The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met.

    Expressions of Interest
    Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest for here by 7 September 2018.

  • 24 Aug 2018 2:30 PM | Alexandra Zhu (Administrator)

    The WA Branch of the AALA, along with the Piddington Society and the Asian Business Alliance, are proud to invite to you a special advanced screening of Crazy Rich Asians on Wednesday, 29 August 2018. 

    It will be a great night to enjoy the current #1 box office hit and to also raise funds (with all proceeds going to the Piddington Society Justice Program).

    The details are as follows:

    Venue: Belmont Reading Cinemas, Knutsford Avenue & Fulham Street in Belmont

    Date: 29 August 2018

    Time: 6.30pm sharp

    To book tickets for the night, go to https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=417819&.

  • 24 Aug 2018 12:49 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The Australian Financial Review has recently reported on the world's first study into cultural diversity within the legal profession. Over 6500 lawyers at eight major law firms were sent surveys, with another three law firms conducting their own internal surveys.

    The article noted that "cultural diversity as an issue was about 15 - 20 years behind gender diversity".

    To read the article, please click here.

  • 16 Aug 2018 10:50 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    AALA members are invited to view the screening of Crazy Rich Asians on 5 September 2018 commencing at 5.45pm at Palace Cinema Como, The Como Centre, Level 1, Cnr Toorak Rd and Chapel St, South Yarra. 

     

    The Asian Australian Foundation’s Gathering Circle will be holding a fundraiser movie night to Crazy Rich Asians which is based on the worldwide bestseller of the same title by Kevin Kwan. It is the first major Hollywood production (directed by Jon M Chu) to have an all Asian cast in 25 years including 3 Asian Australians (Chris Pang, Ronny Cheng and Remy Hii).

     

    It will be a fun night of networking over drinks and canapés and a panel discussion prior to the movie. All ticket proceeds will go towards a grant to PANDA in addressing Perinatal-Postnatal Anxiety & Depression sufferers in Australia.

     

    The event is fabulously sponsored by Jeanswest Corporation, SILC Group and Charter Keck Cramer.

     

    To book tickets for the night which will be on 5 September 2018 commencing at 5.45pm at Palace Cinema Como, The Como Centre, go to https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=410072&
  • 14 Aug 2018 10:41 AM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    On behalf of the AALA's New South Wales Branch, we invite you to attend our Annual William Lee Address 2018. 

    The event has been named in honour of the first barrister of Chinese descent to be admitted to the NSW Bar 

    The event will take the form of a panel presentation and a Q&A session with audience members, followed by drinks and networking.  We are delighted that the AALA has secured the following distinguished guests as panellists:

    • Kenneth Nguyen Partner, Ashurst;

    • Juliana Warner Managing Partner,  Herbert Smith Freehills;

    • B J Kim International Program Manager, EDO; 

    • Julie Chai CEO, Asian Leadership Project;  

    and as moderator

        Richard Gough Partner, Baker Mckenzie; 

    The address aims to provide a forum in which to further explore the current challenges and concerns in promoting Asian cultural diversity within the legal profession.

    Please RSVP by clicking here.

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