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  • 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/

  • 27 Nov 2019 7:42 AM | John Arthur (Administrator)


    Presented by: African Australian Legal Network; Asian Australian Lawyers Association; Australian Italian Lawyers Association; French Australian Lawyers Society; Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association; and North American Australian Lawyers Alliance Donations will be made to Looma Community Incorporated 




  • 19 Nov 2019 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    On 12 November 2019, the Victorian AALA held a session on “Cultivating Self-Appreciation” in conjunction with Peace Lab, generously hosted and sponsored by Bank of Melbourne. The session focused on rewiring participants’ minds and brains to overcome the negativity bias often said to be ingrained by both the legal profession and Asian cultural background, with the aim of moving away from being our own worst enemies and towards being our own best friends. Thanks to Elva Zhang for running this session and Bank of Melbourne for providing a fantastic venue.

  • 18 Nov 2019 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    On 7 November 2019, the Hon. Judge Philip Misso, Judge in Charge of the Common Law Division of the County Court of Victoria, presented on the topic of “The Trial – Preparation, a Trial plan and the Language of the Trial”, in the third installment of the Court Advocacy Series run by the Victorian Asian Australian Lawyers Association and Maurice Blackburn.

    His Honour emphasised:

    • the importance of preparing early and comprehensively, as factual circumstances may change such that crucial evidence is not available at a later date;
    • the need for a trial plan to break down a case into its fundamental elements, identify the questions to be answered, shortcomings of the case and evidence required, and facilitate prioritisation of tasks to be completed in the lead-up to trial;
    • that in opening, the case to be put (including the facts, relevant legal principles and application thereof) should be summarised in a concise and pithy manner, to allow the judge to focus on pertinent material when presented in further detail thereafter;
    • that in making applications, it is advisable to get to the point and explain what is being sought, why it should be granted and set out the evidentiary basis; and
    • that the language of the trial varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but can be learned by careful consideration of the relevant authorities.

    His Honour also acknowledged that different styles of communication and advocacy can be effective, so long as you get to the point in terms of stating what you want, why you want it and what legal principles and evidence you rely on in support.

    We thank His Honour for his time, expertise and support, and Maurice Blackburn for collaborating with AALA for this series.

  • 11 Nov 2019 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    The Victorian AALA celebrated Diwali on 23 October 2019 with festive treats, a dance performance by the AALA committee and a banquet feast.

    We hope those who attended found inspiration and insights about cultural diversity as elaborated by our esteemed guest speaker, Miss Priya Serrao (Miss Universe Australia). Her speech highlighted her upbringing being a migrant family and the obstacles faced whilst moving to a new country. She also spoke about her passion and contribution towards cultural diversity.

    Molina Asthana, the national Vice President spoke about Diwali which is a festival in the Hindu Culture as signifying good over evil and light over darkness. it is celebrated with lighting earthen lamps, fire crackers, buying metallic objects, new clothes, exchanging gifts and eating a lot of Indian sweets.

    For members who celebrated this festivity, we hope you had a Happy Diwali and may there be abundant blessings of victory, freedom and enlightenment.

    If you have not yet done so, now is the time to renew your membership for the 2019- 2020 financial year. As a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, it is only with your support that we can continue in our efforts to promote cultural diversity in the Australian legal profession.

    You can renew online through our website aala.org.au by logging in using the button at the top right of the web page. If you don't know your password, you can reset your password at http://aala.org.au/Sys/ResetPasswordRequest.

    If you are not yet an AALA member, please be sure to sign up at http://aala.org.au/page-18087.

    For any queries about membership please email us at info@aala.org.au.

  • 29 Oct 2019 3:29 PM | Anonymous

    Going beyond the accepted merits of diversity and challenging the status quo by shifting personal mental paradigms and bringing more inclusive cultural practices to the legal profession was a key message of the ‘Beyond Diversity – the Next Step’ event hosted by Muslim Legal Network (MLN) and the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) on Tuesday, 8th October 2019.

    Together with Jane Lee from the ABC, the distinguished panel consisting of Special Counsel Cynthia Anandajayasekeram from Ashurst, Fatmir Badali of Counsel from Victorian Bar and Judicial Registrar Tuan Van Le from the Federal Court of Australia, shared their intimate and personal experiences and perspectives on how our own mentality can drive us forward in the face of perceived or actual bias and standards. If you missed the live event, you can tune in to the upcoming broadcast of Radio National’s – the Law Report. Stay connected with us to find out more soon!

    Our special thanks go to Ashurst, Melbourne Lawyers & Medications, Australian multicultural foundation, Russell Kennedy Lawyers and the ABC for their support of the event.

    Photo Credits: Sebastian Correa

  • 28 Oct 2019 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    AALA has partnered with the Bank of Melbourne to offer members a free workshop on Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 5.30pm, “Cultivating Self-Appreciation: Being Your Own Best Friend Experiment” conducted by Elva Zhang from Peace Lab.

    Lawyers are known for being "perfectionists" and "self-critical". Yet, excessive negative self-talk or criticism are not only counterproductive, but could result in undesired effects on our sense of self-worth and confidence.

    If we could not be our best support, our own cheerleader, who can?

    Come and join us at this workshop - "Being Your Own Best Friend Experiment", which was specially curated for lawyers by another lawyer - Elva who works as legal counsel for a Melbourne-based international shipping line. This experiential and engaging workshop was born out of Elva’s own struggle of overcoming her negative self-talk, and is designed to empower others to engage in more productive self-reflection and self-encouragement.

    Through a fun yet sometimes surprisingly challenging mindfulness game, you will discover how connected and supportive you are to yourself. Then you can make an intentional choice for positive change from inside out.

    We look forward to seeing you there! You can RSVP for the event here.





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