AALA members are invited to attend the 2018 CIArb Australia Business Lunch featuring Guest Speaker, Alan Oxley. To be held at the RACV Club, Melbourne, the lunch will be attended by distinguished guests including The Hon Martin Pakula, Attorney General of Victoria, members of the judiciary, institutes and commercial enterprises. As seats are strictly limited, be sure to register on time.
Australasian Lawyer has recently published an article on overcoming diversity challenges in the legal profession. The article references research from the AALA as well as the upcoming Women in Law Summit.
To read the article, please click here.
Further details are available at: https://aomevents.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/australian-womens-laywers-awl-2018/awl18/ExtraContent/ContentPage?page=1.
The AALA and Asian Law Centre invite you to 'An Introduction of the Korean Judicial System' presented by Judge Yun-Kyung Bae.
Date: Monday 30 July 2018
Time: 1 - 2pm
Venue: Room 608, Level 6, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton, 3053
All welcome. Please forward this information to those who may be interested.
The seminar introduces Korea's legal system briefly in comparison with the Australian legal system.
The seminar covers the organisation of the judiciary and composition of the court, and introduces recent changes in the legal training and appointment of judges.
It also explains some features of trials, which is the jury trial system in criminal trials and the operation of the ADR in civil trials.
Asian Australian Lawyers Association
Congratulations to our National Treasurer Divesh Patel, who is now a Partner at Johnson Winter & Slattery.
A previous study conducted by the AALA in 2015 showed that only 3.1% of partners in Australian law firms were Asian Australians. For more information about cultural diversity in the legal profession, you can see our infographic.
On 7 June 2018, Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) jointly held the third of its CEO series, featuring CEOs of Australian companies to explore their views on the importance of cultural diversity in the workplace.
On the panel of speakers were:
The ENGIE speakers shared their experiences and obstacles faced in the younger years of their careers.
We heard that ENGIE as a company seeks for their staff to represent the community that they serve.
It was interesting to note that in relation to hiring a culturally diverse team, ENGIE was interested in having a culturally diverse team but moreover, ENGIE was focused on having a diversity of mindset within its company and saw benefits to this.
AALA thanks the ENGIE panel of speakers and Kerry Truong for their work in preparing the excellent discussion on the night.
AALA would also like to extend its thanks to HFS for its collaboration and hosting the event at its offices.
On 4 June 2018, Asian Australian Lawyers Association and Melbourne Law School Asia Law Centre co-hosted Judge Yuri Takemura’s presentation on “Expert Evidence in Australia and Japan”. The event was well attended by members of the AALA, and students and representatives from Melbourne University.
Judge Takemura is from Yokohama District Court in Japan. She was a visiting scholar at the Melbourne Law School under the Overseas Training Programme of the Supreme Court of Japan (June 2017 – June 2018). The programme provides judges with an opportunity to gain insights on the administration of justice through comprehensive research on foreign jurisdictions.
Judge Takemura provided a very detailed and informative comparative analysis between how legal practitioners and our courts deal with expert evidence in Australia and Japan. The analysis included the advantages, the limitations and suggestions to improve the processes in Japan.
Judge Takemura has been a strong supporter of AALA during her stay in Melbourne, and has often participated in events organised by the AALA. The AALA wishes her well and all the best with her future endeavours upon her return to Japan.
The Asian Australian Lawyers Association is proud to officially launch our Queensland branch.
Our patron, the Honourable Michael Kirby, flew into Brisbane last evening to deliver a keynote speech and ring in this new chapter for our organisation. Our launch was hosted by our national sponsor, Baker McKenzie, who put on a sensational event for us.
Partner Aleisa Crepin opened the proceedings and celebrated the longstanding partnership between Baker McKenzie and AALA.
Our hosts for the evening, the Baker McKenzie team with Mr Kirby:
As part of our launch, we also held a panel session that discussed Asian Australian leadership in the Australian legal industry - what it looks like and, perhaps, what it could look like. Our panel comprised:
The panel was joined by Mr Kirby (who provided incredible commentary and responses to the reflections of our panel speakers), and was chaired by our National President, Tuanh Nguyen (Director, PwC).
We'd also like to introduce the committee for our Queensland Branch: (left to right) Tuck Chung (Baker McKenzie), Stephanie Tang (Allens), Leila Galung, Anand Shah, Nicholas Ng (Qld President and Partner, Allens), Catherine Chiang (Qld Secretary) and Brydon Wang (AALA National ExCo Member).
Thanks again to our national sponsor, Baker McKenzie.
We'd also like to thank our event sponsor, Leo Cussen:
Lawyers Weekly has recently reported on the launch of the Asian Business Alliance, an alliance of a number of local Asian business councils, chambers and associations in Western Australia.
Peter Le, the president of the WA branch of the AALA, is the group's inaugural chair.
For more information, please click here.
This year, Herbert Smith Freehills, in collaboration with the AALA, are hosting a series of events with CEOs of Australian companies to explore their views on the importance of cultural diversity in the workplace. These events will be held in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Melbourne office.
The third of these events will be held on the evening of Thursday 7 June and will feature Corinne Ong, CEO of ENGIE Services in Australia and New Zealand. Lawrence Kim, General Counsel at ENGIE Australia and New Zealand, and Andrew Chan, Head of Legal for ENGIE Services in Australia & New Zealand, will also be joining Corinne on the panel. Kerry Truong, a Melbourne-based lawyer and AALA Victorian Branch Secretary, will lead the panel discussion about ENGIE’s efforts to leverage the power of cultural diversity amongst its workforce. The panel will also discuss the wider importance of such issues for Australian businesses and the legal profession in Australia.
We are pleased to invite you to join us for this event. This is a unique opportunity to hear from leaders in the business world about diversity issues facing Australian businesses and the legal profession.
To register click here
We hope you can join us!
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