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  • 28 Mar 2017 6:10 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    SBS has recently reported on the appointment of Raj Malhotra to the Magistrates' Court of Victoria.

    The article references AALA's cultural diversity report, and also quotes AALA Committee Member Molina Asthana:

    It's a very proud moment for us Indians to see this cultural diversity in the legal profession.

    We have been working on this diversity issue in the legal profession through the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and this is a step towards piercing the 'bamboo ceiling.' A very welcome step indeed

    To read the article, please click here.

  • 24 Mar 2017 9:17 AM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The Prime Minister has recently released a statement on multiculturalism in Australia entitled "Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful".

    The AALA welcomes the statement, which reaffirms the Australian government's commitment to supporting multiculturalism in Australia.

    To view the Prime Minister's media release, please click here.

    To view the news article on SBS's website, please click here.

  • 14 Mar 2017 3:58 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    The Asia Pacific Regional Forum are offering a scholarship to attend the 2017 International Bar Association Annual Conference in Sydney in October 2017. 

    The scholarship will be awarded to young lawyers who wish to participate in the Annual Conference, but who may face financial difficulties in doing so. Applications are open to all qualified lawyers age 35 and under.

    The deadline to submit applications is Sunday, 7 May 2017. For full scholarship information and application criteria, please go to: http://www.ibanet.org/Committees/Divisions/Sydney-2017-Scholarship-Programme.aspx.

    For a list of all 2017 Annual Conference scholarships, please go to: http://www.ibanet.org/Committees/Divisions/APRF-Scholarship.aspx.

  • 07 Mar 2017 2:46 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)
    Dear Members,

    Join the AALA NSW Committee, fellow members and special guest speaker barristers Nigel Cotman SC and Wilson Chan, in a discussion of how to create contracts for Australian clients doing business with Chinese entities which are, ultimately, enforceable in China. This event is useful for any practitioner who may have clients doing business with a Chinese entity and want both a familiar litigation environment, in the event of contractual disputes, and an enforceable result in China.

    6:00pm – 7:30pm 27 March 2017
    Proudly hosted by Clayton Utz
    1 Bligh Street, Sydney
    Free Registration – Limited to 100 places

    For more information and registration details, please click here.

  • 07 Mar 2017 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) congratulates the Victorian Government on the release of Victoria's Multicultural Policy Statement: Victorian. And proud of it. The Policy Statement is an encouraging demonstration of the Victorian Government's efforts to support cultural diversity and inclusion in Victoria.

    The AALA is committed to promoting cultural diversity and welcomes continued engagement by the Government on this issue.

  • 07 Mar 2017 8:58 AM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    AALA members are warmly invited to attend the IPBA Annual Conference in Auckland from 6-9 April 2017.

    Current indications are that the Auckland conference should attract more than 800 lawyers from around the world, who work in or have an interest in business law in the Asia-Pacific area.  This number is based on over 1100 registrants at the Hong Kong conference in 2015 and 975 in Kuala Lumpur in 2016, and the enthusiasm of attendees at the Kuala Lumpur conference for coming to New Zealand.   This will be one of the biggest international business law conferences ever held in New Zealand.

    If you are interested in attending, please let us know by sending us an email at info@aala.org.au. If there is sufficient interest from AALA members, members may be entitled to a discount on the standard conference fee.

    For more info about the conference, please click here.

  • 06 Mar 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Looking for last-minute CPD points? The Asian Australian Lawyers Association will be holding a free knowledge session on Thursday 23 March 2017 at the Queensland Law Society House on how to grow your professional presence on LinkedIn and Twitter. This session is open to all lawyers and law students.

    The session will cover:

    • Legal issues
      what to be aware of
    • LinkedIn
      what you can be doing to up your LinkedIn game
    • Twitter
      deep dive + practical component
    Date Thursday 23 March 2017
    Time 5.30pm: drinks and nibbles
      6.00pm: knowledge session
    Venue Queensland Law Society
      179 Ann Street
      Brisbane Qld 4000

    To register for the event, please click here. We hope you can join us.

    Please contact info@aala.org.au or tweet at @OrgAALA for more information.

  • 06 Mar 2017 12:55 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    The UNSW Law Society will be hosting a panel discussion on "Smashing the Bamboo Ceiling" on 20 March 2017. Kingsley Liu, President of the AALA NSW branch, will be one of the panellists.

    This event is not organised by the AALA, however AALA members are warmly invited to attend.

    For more details and to register for the event, please click here.

  • 02 Mar 2017 11:32 AM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The AALA congratulates Raj Malhotra on his appointment to the Magistrates Court of Victoria.

    A study by the AALA in 2015 found that Asian Australians only accounted for around 0.8% of the judiciary, despite accounting for around 9.6% of Australia's population. The AALA supports a culturally diverse judiciary and legal profession which is reflective of our community.

    To view the official media release for the appointment, please click here.

  • 01 Mar 2017 10:51 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    NPR has recently published an article on unconscious bias in Canada. The article quotes a study which found that job applicants with Asian names were 28% less likely to be called for an interview.

    A similar study conducted by the Australian National University in 2010 found that in Australia, a person with a Chinese name needed to submit 68 per cent more applications to obtain the same number of interviews as a person with an Anglo-Saxon name.

    To read the article on NPR's website, please click here.



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