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  • 27 Mar 2020 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    The AALA is proud to partner with the Global Law Students’ Association at the University of Melbourne to support the inaugural International Students Mooting Competition. This competition provides an invaluable opportunity for students (particularly international students) to gain both written and oral advocacy experience.

    The video of the information session is at https://youtu.be/3MuTivU-E_k, including a short clip from Daniel Nguyen, President of the Victorian branch of the AALA

    For further details and to register for this competition (registrations open at 6 pm on 26 March 2020), please refer to the following For further details and to register for this competition (registrations open at 6 pm on 26 March 2020), please refer to the following link.

  • 25 Mar 2020 10:12 PM | Anonymous
    Dear AALA Member

    AALA responds to COVID-19

    Our hearts go out to you and your loved ones.

    The harrowing events of the past week have put us and our communities into a series of increasingly stressful situations as a result of the rapid spread of COVID-19.

    Our legal judicial system, legal services industry and we in the legal profession are all doing our best to cope with the upheaval caused by COVID-19.  We are following the guidance of government at national, state and local levels, our health services, employers and legal industry associations.

    What is evident, as we look beyond our locked-down environment, is that as physical face-to-face meetings are curtailed:

    • the landscape is changing rapidly and evolving to match the unusual and onerous limitations cast upon all of us; and

    • our use of communication platforms has become vital to staying connected and maintaining our relationships despite the necessity of ‘physical distancing’.

    AALA remains a unique part of the legal community.  In these trying times, AALA will continue to provide support to Asian-Australian lawyers and law students and those with an interest in Asia.  We will now rely, more than ever, on the support of our own AALA network and our friends and colleagues in the broader legal profession and beyond to continue our work.

    We are set to launch our National Mentoring program entirely online. Virtual mentoring provides a way in which we can support one another in a time of crisis. Our ample list of volunteer mentors (seasoned barristers and lawyers) are ready to take mentees for this year. We will provide further updates on the launch date and online mentoring workshops soon. Applications are still open via our web site.

    We will also be providing support to our Asian student community, particularly international students who face uncertainty, isolation, disruption of studies and potential discrimination. We will endeavour to provide them with a forum to connect, interact, learn and feel safe in the AALA community.

    We wish to expand our capacity and ask today, that those who may be able to volunteer in some capacity or have a special skill, knowledge or experience to consider volunteering and e-mail us at membership@aala.org.au. 

    AALA is gearing up to navigate these very difficult circumstances. We are reviewing our current stream of activities and making plans to introduce initiatives adapted to this new challenging environment.  It is paramount for us that you as our members continue to benefit from your involvement with AALA and we will provide you with further announcements shortly.  

    Unity is strength. Believe in what you can achieve.

    Yours faithfully

    Kingsley Liu
    National President
    Asian Australian Lawyers Association

  • 16 Mar 2020 8:29 AM | Anonymous

    ‘Law in Colour’ is an online space which serves to share, affirm and spotlight the stories of people of colour in the Legal Profession. It is an exploration of experience, and an experiment in representation.

    It aims to: 

    • create an online community which values diversity and seeks out new and challenging narratives about race, culture and identity in the Victorian legal profession. 
    • provide a platform for people of colour in the Victorian legal profession to share their thoughts, stories and perspectives on their own experience and the profession as a whole.
    • engage in a dialogue about the nuances of cultural and linguistic diversity
    • showcase of the diversity present in our legal community, and play a part in diverse representation in the legal profession. 

    Be sure to follow along on LinkedIn and Instagram (@lawincolour).

    If you or someone you know would be interested in being interviewed, please reach out to Law in Colour at lawincolour@gmail.com.

  • 11 Mar 2020 10:37 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    Following the success of the mentoring program in previous years, we are excited to announce the launch of the AALA mentoring program again in 2020.

    For more information and application details, please click here.

  • 10 Feb 2020 11:20 AM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    AALA members might be interested in Liberty Victoria's Rights Advocacy Project (RAP) which is recruiting volunteers for our 2020-21 Program!

    RAP trains law students and early career lawyers in how to tackle human rights issues, through undertaking a law reform project under the guidance of experts in a number of areas. RAP 2020-21 Program will run for 18 months starting in April, and comprises four different teams:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Refugee and Asylum Seeker Rights
    • Equality and Government Accountability, which will collaborate with the Young Workers Centre
    • A Regional Team (open to people living or working in regional Victoria)

    For more information, please refer to RAP's Recruitment Information Pack:


    and submit your application via their online form:


    Applications close Sunday 1 March 2020. 

  • 10 Feb 2020 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    On the 6th of February 2020, members of the Victorian AALA gathered for a Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner at Shark Fin House, Melbourne. The banquet was made complete with a sharing session by special guest His Honour Magistrate Trieu Huynh.

    We wish to give special thanks to His Honour Magistrate Trieu Huynh for inspiring our members and sharing his personal journey with us. We congratulate Magistrate Huynh on his appointment to the bench once again.

    To those who attended, we hope you enjoyed your night, the banquet and the company. Lastly, we would like to wish everyone a prosperous 2020.

  • 29 Jan 2020 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    On 24 December 2019, the Attorney General John Quigley announced the appointment of Ms Wendy Hughes on a permanent basis to the Children’s Court of Western Australia, to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Magistrate Tim Schwass. Ms Hughes was admitted to practice in March 2007 and worked at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia for a number of years. As a sole practitioner, she has been a sessional Arbitrator at WorkCover WA as well as being a Commissioner for the Liquor Commission. Ms Hughes has significant experience in a broad range of jurisdictions, particularly criminal law. She has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Western Australia.  She will take up her appointment on 3 February 2020.


    Ms Hughes was a valued committee member of the AALA WA Branch from October 2018 until December 2019, and the head of the Events subcommittee. AALA congratulates Ms Hughes on her appointment.



  • 25 Jan 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The Victorian AALA wishes you and your family a prosperous Year of the Rat in advance. May this year bring you good luck, good health, and abundance of joy and success. We have the honour of having His Honour Magistrate Trieu Huynh as our guest speaker. 

    Mr Huynh was appointed a Magistrate in December 2019 and currently sits at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court. Prior to this, he was Program Manager of Indictable Crime at Victoria Legal Aid where he was responsible for the high quality practice of serious legally aided criminal law matters. He started his career at the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions, undertaking his articles of clerkship in 2005, and was admitted the following year. He continued to work at the OPP as a Solicitor Advocate until 2009. He is an LIV Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and was on the LIV Criminal Law Section Executive Committee prior to his appointment. 

    Come join us in ushering the Year of the Rat with a scrumptious dinner on 6th February, RSVP now on http://www.aala.org.au/event-3704512/Registration to not miss out! Hope to see you then! 

  • 11 Dec 2019 10:17 AM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    On 3 December, 2019 the Andrews Labor Government announced the appointment of Mr Trieu Huynh to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Mr Huynh was admitted to legal practice in 2006 and started his legal career as an articled clerk at the Office of Public Prosecutions in 2005 before moving overseas. Upon his return, he took up a Criminal Law position at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and has been a Program Manager at VLA since 2015. Mr Huynh has worked on a range of complex cases including homicides, sex offences and Commonwealth matters. He has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University. He will take up his appointment on 20 January 2020.

    AALA congratulates Mr Huynh on his appointment. https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-appointments-to-the-magistrates-court-3/





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