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  • 20 Mar 2021 6:35 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    VOLUNTEER FOR AALA - PLEASE APPLY!

    We are delighted to announce that we are now recruiting for the following volunteer positions:

    2 positions x AALA National Media and Policy Officer - Download Position Description

    If you are interested in applying, please submit a CV and 1-page cover letter addressing your suitability in line with the position description to secretary@aala.org.au by 6pm AWST Sunday 4 April 2021.

    We look forward to receiving your application!

    KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING: AALA MEMBERS' BLACKBOARD

    The AALA Members’ Blackboard is an interactive online discussion forum where members can post anything they would like to share with other members, such as:

    Job advertisements

    Expressions of interest for career opportunities

    Expressions of interest to assist with any particular areas of legal work

    Expressions of interest to collaborate with other practitioners

    Legal industry news

    Health and wellbeing issues

    Cultural diversity issues

    The AALA Members’ Blackboard can be accessed via the following link:

    Log on to Blackboard


  • 16 Mar 2021 2:11 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    You’re invited to join AALA’s 2021 National Digital Events Series event 

    Employee/Employer rights and responsibilities in the Covid era - 

    Thursday 15 April 2021 from 6.00pm-7.30pm -

    In person @ Maurice Blackburn, Brisbane and online

    Our first event for 2021 (not to be missed!) will see Dan Chen hosting a panel discussion with Dr Mellissa Naidoo and Giri Sivaraman exploring the medico legal landscape in light of our Covid vaccination roll-out. Please see your invitation below (or attached) for all of the details.

    Please note, you have to options to join this event:

    - In-person event: We have limited seats available in our Brisbane office. Click here to reserve your seat now (don’t forget to include your dietary requirements with your registration as light refreshments will be served)

    - Online event: Click here to register for the webinar


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  • 11 Mar 2021 11:00 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    Asian Australian Lawyers Association calls on the legal profession to “Choose To Challenge" - AALA Press Release, 12 March, 2021

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association celebrates International Women’s Day 2021.

    Whilst celebrating the achievements of our female members and all other female legal practitioners, AALA calls on the legal profession to “Choose To Challenge”, in line with the 2021 IWD global theme.

    The Law Society of NSW’s 2019 National Profile of the Profession report found that in 2018, “for the first time in history”, female solicitors outnumbered male solicitors across Australia.1

    However, there is a stark underrepresentation of women at the law firm partnership level. The Australian Financial Review’s 2020 Law Partnership Survey found that female solicitors comprised just 30 per cent of the partnership at Australia’s large law firms.2

    The underrepresentation of women at senior levels is more pronounced at the Bar. In 2018-2019, the Law Council of Australia found that women comprised 32 per cent of juniorbarristers and only 18 per cent of senior barristers.3

    Moreover, at the Bench, the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration found that in 2020, women comprised 38.8% of judicial officers across the Commonwealth, State and Territory Courts, although that percentage had increased from the previous year.4

    Sexual harassment continues to be a significant problem in the legal profession, as in others sectors. A 2019 report from the Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner (VLSB) found that from the participants surveyed, 36% of legal professionals have personally experienced sexual harassment whilst working in the Victorian legal sector, and that 61% of women and 12% of men have experienced sexual harassment whilst working in a legal workplace in Victoria.5

    Molina Asthana, AALA National Vice President, said: “The continued lack of gender equality at senior levels of the legal profession, coupled with the severe underrepresentation of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, is a barrier to access to justice and a legal system that is truly representative of the community.”

    “AALA calls on the legal profession to ‘Choose to Challenge’ the longstanding structural challenges that face women in the profession and beyond.”

    “In particular, AALA calls on the legal profession to address the substantial issues of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination that too often are significant obstacles to women’s fulsome participation in the law and in our society.”

    “In this regard, AALA congratulates Grace Tame, 2021 Australian of the Year, for her courageous advocacy for legal and policy reform for survivors of sexual assault.”6

    MEDIA CONTACT: Molina Asthana by email 


  • 11 Mar 2021 10:40 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    Asian Australian Lawyers Association congratulates Magistrate Anthony Gett on his appointment as a Deputy Chief Magistrate of the Queesland Magistrates Court. 

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, the Honourable Shannon Fentiman today announced the appointment. Minister Fentiman stated that “Queensland’s judiciary, and by extension the community at large, is in very safe hands when you consider the talent and work ethos of people like Deputy Chief Magistrate Gett and Magistrate (Susan) Warrington" (who was also appointed today). 

    Both appointments were made after an extensive selection process involving the Judicial Appointments Advisory Panel, which includes representatives from the Queensland Law Society and the Bar Association of Queensland.

    Deputy Chief Magistrate Gett’s appointment begins formally on 12 March, 2021.

    To read the full media release  

  • 11 Mar 2021 1:31 PM | Anonymous

     The Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) NSW Branch in partnership with the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW (WLANSW) Diversity and Equality Committee, have formed a Policy and Data Subcommittee to address the issue of cultural diversity targets for the legal profession. 

    The Press Release dated 9 March 2021 can be viewed below:



  • 06 Mar 2021 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    On 25 February 2021, the South Australian Branch of AALA celebrated its official launch.

    Her Honour Magistrate Jayanthi McGrath was the special guest speaker and the full capacity room heard her speak about her career journey and highlights and the advice she had for up and coming practitioners. 

    It was a great way to officially launch the SA Branch while enjoying food and drinks and meeting new and familiar faces in the legal profession.





  • 23 Feb 2021 12:44 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)


    Following the success of the mentoring program in previous years, the Asian Australian Lawyers Association is excited to announce the launch of the AALA Mentoring Program 2021.

    Objectives of the AALA Mentoring Program

    The AALA Mentoring Program is administered by the National AALA Mentoring Program Committee and aims to:

    provide AALA members with an opportunity to be mentored by more senior members of the legal profession

    assist and encourage those aspiring to reach senior legal professional or leadership positions by providing them with mentoring from respected and more experienced practitioners who support the aims of AALA.

    Apply to be a mentee

    The AALA Mentoring Program is not just open to applicants that are starting their legal career; more senior members of the legal profession seeking a move to the Bar, seeking a senior appointment, seeking to become a partner in a law firm or starting their own firm are welcome to apply.

    To be eligible to be a mentee, the mentee applicant must be a current member of AALA, willing to commit to the AALA Mentoring Program for a period of up to six months and meet the following eligibility criteria for the State or Territory in which they are located:

    NSW and VIC – The mentee applicant must be an admitted lawyer, or a graduate undertaking their traineeship, or practical legal training.

    QLD, WA, ACT, SA and TAS – The mentee applicant must be a penultimate/final year law student, a law graduate, a graduate undertaking their traineeship, or practical legal training, or an admitted lawyer.

    To apply online to be a mentee, please click here

    Expression of interest to be a mentor

    AALA seeks to draw mentors from the middle to senior ranks of the legal profession and include judges, senior and junior barristers, partners and senior associates of law firms, experienced sole practitioners and in-house legal counsel.

    You do not need to be a member of AALA to participate as a mentor.

    All mentors in the AALA Mentoring Program are appointed by the AALA Mentoring Program Committee and may agree to take up more than one mentee as part of the Program.

    To register your interest to be a mentor, please click here

    Timeline

    Applications are now open.

    Applications to be a mentee or submitting your interest to be a mentor will close on COB Thursday, 1 April 2021.

    The AALA Mentoring Program Committee may extend this date in its discretion.

    The AALA Mentoring Program Committee in each State and Territory will review all applications and allocate mentees to a mentor. The allocations will be notified by the AALA Mentoring Program Committee by no later than Monday, 19 April 2021.

    An event will be held in each State and Territory in the last week of April to officially launch the 2021 AALA Mentoring Program. This will give mentees a chance to meet and chat with their mentors. Further information will be provided about the launch in due course.

    Allocations

    The AALA Mentoring Program Committee will aim to match mentees and mentors based on the following factors:

    mentors and mentees will be matched within their own State and Territory

    to the extent possible, aligned with their respective practice areas and manner of practice

    the relevant PQE of the mentee and mentor

    preferences indicated on your application form

    The AALA Mentoring Program Committee will do its best to allocate mentors with mentees. However, this is dependent on the number of participating mentors and mentees and their respective experience and practice area. There is no guarantee that all mentees and mentors will be matched, and no guarantee that your preferences will be met.

    How long does the Program run?

    The AALA Mentoring Program will formally run for six months from the last week of April 2021 to the last week of October 2021. During this period mentees should contact their mentors and arrange to meet on a regular basis as agreed with the mentor. The AALA Mentoring Program Committee will be available to provide guidance to mentors and mentees at all times.

    Once the AALA Mentoring Program formally concludes, individual mentors and mentees are encouraged but are not expected to continue the mentor-mentee relationship.

    It is anticipated that the AALA Mentoring Program will run annually.

    Want to know more?

    For further information please email mentorprogram@aala.org.au

    Or go to


  • 11 Feb 2021 10:15 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    2021 WELCOME FROM AALA NATIONAL PRESIDENT KINGSLEY LIU

    Be the Change that You Want to See

    You joined us on our journey across 2020, we bore the burden of COVID-19 together, you stood with us to present and participate in our first National Summit, your feedback from surveys was invaluable.

    We hear you, we are grateful for your volunteer support, we shaped our activities to give you more benefits.

    We will continue to respond to your feedback on how best we can provide members with what they need.

    On behalf of the new expanded National Executive Committee, enlarged from 18 to 22 members, we welcome you.

    We have recently welcomed 3 new Branches in the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and Tasmania. Their committees have been formed and inaugural events are being announced.

    Welcome to a sea of change with adaptions and new ideas. Prior to the festive and New Year’s break, the Executive Committee crafted the basis for an exciting year of activity, including the following:

    Building our organisational structure - We will be adding new Patrons from overseas and locally to the National body and State and Territory Branches. Announcements will follow.

    Building our capacity for change - The AALA National Summit will be held again in 2021. Last year’s Summit explored our advocacy directions and pondered the basis for future action and workshops. As a result, AALA will collaborate with a number of stakeholders to define the future shape of access to law, judicial appointments and collaboration for diverse legal networks.

    Building our voice and power - AALA is committed to engaging with government and industry panels at hearings and inquiries. William Ah Ket Scholars will become the founding block to generate submissions and to be participants.

    Building your skills - AALA will offer members opportunities to learn and practise leadership, take charge and build interpersonal skills. We will be innovative and make these opportunities available to all our members. Such training sessions will cover a range of topics, including:

    Finding your unique self and developing your own particular career personality

    How to work the cocktail circuit (including virtual networking), deliver public presentations, moderate discussion groups and craft memorable speeches.

    Building our communication -

    Developing the online AALA Members' Blackboard to light up and grow our membership of 1,000 and opening up our internal connections to facilitate professional and work opportunities with members

    Finding out what you want through regular member and event surveys

    Keeping open a good dialogue with all members over Q&A and encouraging greater direct interaction with the National & Branch Committees.

    Providing opportunities for new positions for project and event volunteers at National level and Branch levels. This will give you the opportunity and experience to discuss diversity plans and deliver projects for our fast developing association. The Executive Committee and all 7 State and Territory Branch committees (all up over 100 member volunteers) are active in areas of event planning, media and messaging, sponsorship, membership, marketing and design, administration and governance, website and IT management, financial management, communications at all levels and liaising with many people in the legal industry.

    Above all, AALA is here for you in facing the challenges together!

    - Kingsley Liu


    AALA WA LUNAR NEW YEAR BANQUET 2021

    There was an unexpected 5-day lockdown last week in Perth and its surrounding regions. As a result, the AALA WA Lunar New Year Dinner scheduled for 5 February 2021 has been postponed to 12 March 2021. All other details remain the same. We look forward to our belated celebrations with you!

    OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF INAUGURAL AALA SA BRANCH

    Please come celebrate the official launch of the AALA SA Branch and network with other AALA SA members.

    Thursday 25 February 2021 - 5.30pm to 8.00pm Adelaide time - Kosho, 26 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide 5006 - Guest speaker: Her Honour Magistrate Jayanthi McGrath

    Free for AALA members and non AALA members - Canapés and drinks will be provided free for AALA members.

    For non AALA members, canapés provided but pay for your own drinks.

    Please note that we have reached maximum capacity and are no longer accepting registrations, although you can join the waitlist.

    NEW BRANCH OF AALA IN TASMANIA

    We are pleased to announce that AALA has formally established an inaugural AALA Branch in Tasmania!

    We will have more to announce about an official launch event soon. In the meantime, if you wish to get involved, please contact:

    AALA Tas Branch President Jessica Sabapathy at tas@aala.org.au

    AALA Tas Branch Secretary Diane Xu at tas@aala.org.au.

    AALA NSW BRANCH NEWS

    NSW March Madness

    The NSW March Madness Series is hosted between 1 - 31 March and provides a series of opportunities for practitioners to gain their last-minute Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. The majority of the events will be available online via Zoom and we encourage our Members from across Australia to tune in. While the CPD Points will only be available to NSW practitioners or eligible practitioners interstate, this is an opportunity to keep up to date and connect with your colleagues in NSW.

    NSW Diversity Series

    Partner with the NSW Committee to host an event for the Diversity Series: Following on the success of the inaugural 2019 Diversity Series, the NSW Committee is inviting practitioners, firms and organisations to join as event partners in hosting an event that has a specific focus on any aspect of intersectional diversity. The objective of these events is to unite the community and give the audience an opportunity to listen, share and learn. Submit your EOI to nsw@aala.org.au by 26 February 2021.

    NSW President's Message

    Meet the NSW Committee of 2021 and take a glimpse at the NSW Committee's plans for the year by reading the NSW President's New Year Message.

    AALA QLD BRANCH NEWS

    The Qld Branch of AALA has come across another amazing production and would like to share this with our members – The Welcome, created by La Boite and Kiosk (airing January – September).

    The Welcome is a collection of life-affirming short films entailing 9 storytellers from diverse backgrounds sharing their honest and authentic stories about their migrant and refugee experiences and what it means to belong in Australia.

    The Welcome is an extension of La Boite’s critically acclaimed 2020 stage production, The Neighbourhood. AALA Qld Branch hosted an event night at La Boite for the viewing of The Neighbourhood in early 2020 and received positive feedbacks from those who attended the night.

    The Welcome screens across multiple digital platforms, in recognition and celebration of Queensland’s diverse communities and can be accessed via La Boite’s website at https://laboite.com.au/the-welcome.

    Join AALA or renew your membership now

    KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING: AALA MEMBERS' BLACKBOARD

    The AALA Members’ Blackboard is an interactive online discussion forum where members can post anything they would like to share with other members, such as:

    Job advertisements

    Expressions of interest for career opportunities

    Expressions of interest to assist with any particular areas of legal work

    Expressions of interest to collaborate with other practitioners

    Legal industry news

    Health and wellbeing issues

    Cultural diversity issues

    The AALA Members’ Blackboard can be accessed via the following link:

    https://padlet.com/secretary20/afdo2b01zulp2y9e

    Log on to Blackboard

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  • 11 Feb 2021 10:02 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR 2021! AALA FEBRUARY AND MARCH EVENTS

    Please sign up for our AALA events in February and March:

    AALA VIC Lunar New Year Celebrations 2021 - 23 Feb 2021 6:00 PM - City of Melbourne Bowls Club, Flagstaff Gardens, Dudley Street, West Melbourne- register here

    AALA NSW Lunar New Year Event - 23 Feb 2021 6:00 PM - Nakano Darling Square, 14 Steam Mill Lane, Haymarket - register here

    SA AALA Branch Launch - 25 Feb 2021 5:30 PM (UTC+10:30) - Kosho, 26 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide, SA 5006 - register here

    AALA FQL Drafting Workshop with Sue Tomat of GumLeafGreen - 25 Feb 2021 6:00 PM Zoom meeting (dial-in details provided upon registration) - register here

    AALA WA - Lunar New Year Banquet 2021 - 12 Mar 2021 6:45 PM (UTC+08:00) The Karingal Room, Melbourne Hotel, 33 Milligan Street, Perth - register here

    Join AALA or renew your membership now



  • 21 Jan 2021 9:57 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    ASEAN Environmental Law Conference, 27-29 January 2021

    Stories and Solutions in Challenging Times 

    Members are invited to attend the ASEAN Environmental Law Conference to be held 27-29 January 2021, entirely via Zoom.

    This terrific event, hosted by the Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law features speakers from across Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia.

    ASEAN is currently facing many significant environmental and social challenges. We are bringing together experts to share stories, of both success and failure, and to examine potential legal, policy and community based actions to create some action on these environmental challenges.

    The Conference will also aim to foster networks and collaborative approaches to environmental problem solving.

    For further information and program 

    Registration is free, although a donation is encouraged. Details are attached and here

    To register

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