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  • 04 Sep 2020 7:01 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    As part of the AALA National Digital Series, join the Victorian Committee as we hear from

    Reynah Tang AM

    Member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal


    "Practice and procedure in VCAT's Administrative Division"

    Date: Wednesday 30 September

    Time: 5:30 pm- 7.00 pm AEST

    Location: Zoom

    RSVP by 28 September 2020 to receive your exclusive online registration details.

    For more information, and to register for this event go to:


  • 04 Sep 2020 12:26 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    In conjunction with the National Environmental Law Association and as part of its National Digital Events Series, AALA is pleased to host a Webinar on Implementing International Environmental Obligations at a National Level in the Asia-Pacific Region.

    The event will be hosted by Professor Ben Boer, a distinguished Professor of Law at the Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney. He was Deputy Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law for 2012-2016 and is a much-published author on environmental law topics.

    While this event is free for members of AALA and NELA, a registration fee of $20 will be charged for non-members.

    If this webinar is appropriate for your continuing legal education (CLE) requirements for practice, you should consider claiming 1 point in substantive law for this event.

    A flyer is linked:


    This event is hosted on Zoom, and details will be provided to registrants.


    Time and Date: Tuesday 29 September 2020, 6 PM to 7 PM AEST

    Details: A Zoom Link will be emailed to registrants on registration

    Registration: AALA National Digital Events Series - Implementing International Environmental Obligations at a National Level in the Asia-Pacific Region - 29 September 2020

    Kind regards,

    Asian Australian Lawyers Association

  • 30 Aug 2020 4:39 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    Reaching out to our members has been an extraordinary journey and today, AALA is proud to recognise and we congratulate our members for their recent promotions and career progression.

    AALA continues to advocate for cultural diversity in the law and we continue to support our members to build resilience and excellence. Our sincerest congratulations

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  • 25 Aug 2020 12:33 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    Racism: Understanding your rights & taking action - South Asian communities

    The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) unequivocally condemn racism.

    To educate and empower multicultural and multifaith communities in Victoria, the VMC and VEOHRC have come together to run a series of information sessions.

    This session is for Asian communities and will be opened by the Asian Australian Lawyers Association.

    Participating in this session will provide you with information to better understand and exercise your rights if you or someone you know experiences racism, religious discrimination, or racial or religious vilification.

    You will also learn how to recognise racism, how to report it and where to seek advice and support.

    We’ll cover

    • What does discrimination, vilification and victimisation mean?

    • Where to get help and advice

    • How to report racism

    • Why reporting racism is important

    • How to take action against racism

    Who should attend?

    This session is for Victorians from Asian backgrounds and has been designed to create a safe space for participants to contribute.


    All participants must register to attend this session.


    This session will be interactive, with participants encouraged to contribute in a safe and confidential environment.

    For further details, go to:


    For more information about VEOHRC and VMC:



    Registration – VMC website


    Registration – Eventbrite for Asian Communities


    Registration – Eventbrite for South Asian Communities


  • 21 Aug 2020 9:56 AM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    How to Foster Effective Mentoring Relationships During COVID-19 - AALA Online Workshop sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills

    Join AALA's WA President Belinda Wong, National Secretary Matt Floro, and WA Branch Secretary Stephanie Tan, along with your fellow mentors and mentees for an online Q&A session with Shivchand Jhinku, a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, about creating and sustaining effective mentorship relationships during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Please note that you do not have to be a participant of any currently running AALA mentorship program.

    The session will be followed by a separate discussion group for mentors and mentees and will end with a short networking session.

    When: 27 Aug 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm (UTC+10:00)

    Location: Online Zoom Meeting


  • 20 Aug 2020 3:07 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    Australia’s first Asian lawyer, William Ah Ket, who battled racism and achieved landmark victories, and how his legacy lives on 

    • Chinese-Australian barrister and lawyer William Ah Ket was known for fighting against legislation that discriminated against people of Chinese origin
    • Since 2017, the William Ah Ket Scholarship has awarded grants to outstanding research papers on topics dealing with equality, diversity and the law

    Read article by Joseph Lam, SCMP, 20 Aug, 2020 at: https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/3097685/australias-first-asian-lawyer-william-ah-ket-who-battled-racism-and

  • 11 Aug 2020 4:11 PM | Reimen Hii (Administrator)

    AALA (Queensland) is pleased to collaborate with the Indigenous Lawyers Association Queensland (ILAQ) to present its cultural awareness training seminar series. The seminars provide an introduction to indigenous cultural awareness issues for legal professionals.

    Date:       1 September 2020 from 5.30pm AEST
    Venue:    Online (via Zoom - link to be sent after registration)
                     King & Wood King & Wood Mallesons (limited in-person attendees)
                     Level 33, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000  
    Cost:       No charge
    Register: www.aala.org.au/event-3933106

    There are also limited spaces for in-person attendees available for ILAQ & AALA members.  Register now to avoid missing out!

  • 10 Aug 2020 9:39 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)


    The AALA invites you to attend the first session in its Career Workshop Series, on the topic of written applications.

    The Career Workshop Series is an initiative specifically targeted at law students and graduates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD). It is intended to equip them with tangible career-oriented skills and knowledge, in order to help them overcome the additional obstacles faced in the job-hunting process associated with being from CALD backgrounds, and indeed, leverage their cultural backgrounds as a source of competitive advantage.

    Specifically, this session will cover the following:

    - CVs/resumes;

    - cover letters;

    - questions; and

    - psychometric testing.

    This session will feature guest speaker Jeffrey Tan, a Legal Recruitment Consultant at Mahlab (and former commercial lawyer) who works with lawyers seeking in-house, government and private practice roles. Originally being from Malaysia, Jeffrey has a strong cultural understanding.

    There will be a 1 hour presentation, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

    Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit a resume and cover letter for review and feedback after the session.

    If you have any queries, please contact Kelvin Ng at: students@aala.org.au

  • 31 Jul 2020 6:21 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    A group of WA's most senior female legal practitioners say the coronavirus pandemic has been a "game changer" in terms of helping break down the barriers in a profession where men still dominate its highest ranks. 

    To read full article go to:


  • 25 Jul 2020 1:27 PM | John Arthur (Administrator)

    Dear Members and friends

    We are launching the AALA Members’ Blackboard today.

    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 will assist in building our member-to-member engagement and provide a forum for knowledge sharing. It will also provide a platform to support members’ wellbeing.

    A key objective is to provide members with an open and friendly virtual space in which to discuss and inform each other and share ideas, opportunities and concerns.

    The pandemic has necessitated changes to the way we interact with each other, to our work schedules, and to our work arrangements. The AALA Members’ Blackboard will facilitate an exchange of members’ ideas so that we can survive and thrive in these challenging times. It will evolve over time, depending on members’ feedback and usage.

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


    To post, please follow these steps:

    You must be an AALA member to post. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so now by logging in to your account and renewing your membership from our AALA home page: http://www.aala.org.au/ 

    Of course, if you are not yet a member of the AALA, we warmly invite you to join!

    Before you post, please e-mail secretary@aala.org.au  for the password.

    Once you receive the password, you can login and add posts by clicking on the pink “add post” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. You can also comment on any other posts. You can post anonymously, or sign up for a free Padlet account to post as a registered user.

    Please post respectfully and ethically. The AALA Members’ Blackboard is moderated and AALA reserves the right to remove any posts. For example, AALA will remove any posts that do not meet our posting guidelines – these guidelines are published on the AALA Members’ Blackboard. All users of the AALA Members’ Blackboard must abide by the relevant solicitors’ and/or barristers’ conduct rules applicable in your jurisdiction.

    Looking forward to seeing you posting on our AALA Members’ Blackboard!

    Kingsley Liu

    National President

    Asian Australian Lawyers Association






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