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  • 12 Sep 2017 10:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) stands for and celebrates diversity and equality in Australia. Our members come from all walks of life and our doors are open to lawyers and other members in the legal community no matter their race, creed, gender or sexual orientation. The AALA Executive Committee stands with the Law Council of Australia; the Human Rights Law Centre; our patron, the Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG; and numerous other legal industry luminaries and organisations in Australia, and unanimously affirms that freedom from discrimination is a fundamental human right.

    Many of our leaders within the Asian Australian community support this change for good because it will greatly enhance the lives of the LGBTIQ community, some of whom are integral members in the AALA. Our Vice-President and current Acting President, William Lye OAM, recently stated in his acceptance speech at the Australian Law Awards 2017 that, as beneficiaries and champions of diversity in Australia, we must press on for equality for all.

    The Yogyakarta Principles, a set of human rights principles relating to sexual orientation and gender identity developed in Asia, clearly state that sexual orientation is integral to an individual's dignity and goes to our shared humanity. Similarly, the Supreme Court of India recently held that "discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual. Equality demands that the sexual orientation of each individual in society must be protected on an even platform."

    Accordingly, the AALA Executive Committee considers our support for marriage equality to flow from a shared value of inclusion that seeks to enhance the dignity of our own members. A change in the law to allow same-sex marriage is the right public policy outcome that will allow two people (regardless of gender) to make a strong and recognised commitment, strengthening the institution of marriage and making our society more inclusive.

    The AALA Executive Committee is comprised of leaders from different cultural backgrounds and of many creeds. But on this issue of inclusion and progress we are unanimous: it’s time for change. The AALA Executive Committee encourages all those in the Asian Australian and legal communities to consider their support for marriage equality and vote 'yes' if they so choose in the upcoming postal survey.

  • 05 Sep 2017 10:16 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to AALA Vice President and acting President William Lye OAM who was awarded both the Barrister of the Year 2017 Award and the Lawyers Weekly Excellence Award 2017 (top gong for the night) at the recent Australian Law Awards. Members of the AALA National Executive Committee were on hand to celebrate this incredible achievement with William.

    Executive Committee Member Brydon Wang (Allens) represented the Queensland Branch and flew into Sydney for the Awards ceremony. Here's his social story on Storify of the incredible night.

  • 05 Sep 2017 11:27 AM | Wai Kaey Soon (Administrator)

    The Annual William Lee Address, named in honour of NSW's first barrister of Chinese descent, will be held at the Law Society of NSW, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney, on 13 September 2017 from 6:00pm.

    There will be a panel of distinguished speakers - Lee-May Saw, Vice President of Australian Women Lawyers and Immediate Past President of the Women Lawyers Association of NSW; Professor Andrew Lynch of the University of NSW and The Hon. Melissa Perry, Judge from the Federal Court of Australia.

    Registration and other details can be found in the link to the flyer below:

    Cultural Diversity in the Law (Final)

  • 05 Sep 2017 11:17 AM | Wai Kaey Soon (Administrator)

    Amrita Goel of the AALA NSW Committee will be speaking at the University of Western Sydney in Parramatta on Cultural Diversity and the Legal Profession on 7 September 2017 from 5:30pm.

    Details of the event, including registration can be found here: https://www.daretoknowpublications.com/community-event-2017

  • 24 Aug 2017 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    ENGAGING CHINA:  Reflections on lessons from four decades of legal and professional engagement with China

    The Queensland Branch has invited Mark Day to speak on his observations on the differences in legal practice from his 40 years of legal and professional engagement with China. Our free knowledge session will be held at Level Twenty Seven Chambers on Thursday 7 September 2017 at 6pm (for a 6:30pm start).

    The session will cover:

    • Exploring the cultural & legal trends in Chinese commerce
    • Guanxi: doing business in China - networking and cultural IQ
    • Q&A session
    Find out more on the event and our speaker, Mark Day, here.
  • 13 Aug 2017 7:31 PM | Jing Zhu (Administrator)

    The AALA and the Women Barristers Association are proud to host a panel of esteemed speakers to speak on their experiences of diversity in the law.

    Our speakers Judicial Registrar Tran of the County Court; Tuan Van Le, Executive Director, Dispute Resolution at the ATO and Rochelle Castro, Principal at RC & CO Lawyers will share their experiences of diversity in the law and provide their insight as to how best to improve diversity in our profession.

    This is a unique opportunity to hear from the leaders in our profession and forms part of Herbert Smith Freehill's Diversity Week. 

    The event is open to AALA and WBA members. We are also pleased to invite members to register non-member guests to attend this free event.

    The event will be followed by networking and drinks. 

    Click here to register http://aala.org.au/event-2631205

  • 08 Aug 2017 12:47 PM | Jing Zhu (Administrator)

    AALA members are encouraged to register and attend an event being held by the Australian Human Rights Commission 'Cultural Diversity in the Professions' this Thursday 10 August 2017 at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

    Click the link below to register: 


  • 04 Aug 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Frank H. Wu, author, law professor, former law school dean, and head of the prestigious non-profit Chinese American membership organisation the Committee of 100, has written widely about reform of legal education and disruption within the profession.

    The AALA, Women Lawyers Association of NSW and Victorian Women Lawyers are proud to welcome the Distinguished Professor Wu to Sydney and Melbourne where, in two special presentations hosted by King & Wood Mallesons, he will:

    • talk about opportunities for global law firms in an increasingly international and transnational practice environment, with an ascendant Asia embracing rule of law;
    • consider changes in the structure of the leading law firms, as competition compels the development of new models for delivery of professional services; and
    • consider how best to include people of diverse backgrounds to achieve better client services and realise ideals of a democratic society.

    Sydney: Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 5.45pm for 6.00pm start
    Friday, 18 August 2017, 12.45pm for 1.00pm start

    Sydney: King & Wood Mallesons, Lvl 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Pl, Sydney
    Melbourne: King & Wood Mallesons, Lvl 50, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne

    Free to attend for AALA, VWL members and invited guests only; please RSVP below.

    RSVP Sydney

    RSVP Melbourne

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  • 01 Aug 2017 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for an informative and exciting session hosted by Charmaine Tsang, Partner at Lavan Legal, with Professor Frank H. Wu and Julian Sher presenting their personal and professional insight into multiculturalism, assimilation and equal opportunity. This is an event not to be missed and there will be drinks and networking after.

    FRANK H. WU, author, law professor, former law school dean, and head of the prestigious non-profit Chinese American membership organisation the Committee of 100, has written widely about reform of legal education and disruption within the profession.

    JULIAN SHER brings with him a wealth of experience to his present role as the inaugural Director of Professional Programs at Curtin University, where he is responsible for creating strong interactions between the law school and all levels of the profession as well as the judiciary. Julian is also a former Partner and Partner in Charge of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s Perth office.


    Free to attend for AALA members and invited guests only; RSVP below by 14 August 2017.


  • 24 Jul 2017 5:34 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The AALA is pleased to see a number of Asian Australian Lawyers make the list of finalists for the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2017 across a broad range of categories.

    Among the finalists, AALA Vice President William Lye OAM is one of four finalists for Barrister of the Year. We congratulate William on his nomination and wish him the best in the finals.



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