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    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom

    The AALA invites you to attend the third session of the Career Workshop Series (as part of the National Digital Events Series), on the topic of Legal Careers in the Asia-Pacific.

    The details of this event are as follows:

    Date: Thursday 30 September 2021 

    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm AEST

    Venue: Zoom (dial-in details provided upon registration)

    Cost: Free (for both members and non-members)

    The Career Workshop Series is an initiative specifically targeted at law students and graduates from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. 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.

    Following on from the success of the previous two events in the Career Workshop Series, this next event is designed to provide you with more information about a career in the Asia-Pacific region, beyond Australia. Students and lawyers from all around Australia are welcomed to join this free event on Zoom. 

    If you are considering a legal career in Hong Kong SAR, Singapore, Mainland China, Japan, or other areas in the APAC region, and would like to find out more about working and living in Asia, come along to this unique panel event to hear from established legal professionals talk about their international legal careers, including:

    • Shojeeb Alam, Lawyer at Ashurst;
    • Yang Yang, Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons;
    • James Wan, Head of IP at Harrison.AI; and
    • Wilfred Ho, Counsel at Skadden.

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

    If you have any queries, please contact Chelsea Wu at chelsea.wu.m@gmail.comWe looking forward to seeing you at this event. 

    • 07 Oct 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (WAST)
    • Zoom

    The AALA WA Branch and Leo Cussen warmly invite you to attend a panel event on managing your mental health.

    Law students and lawyers often face the pressures of excelling in a fast-paced environment with huge workloads. Often, these pressures lead us to feel stressed, overwhelmed and anxious. Join us as we explore ways that we can achieve balance, overcome feelings of imposter syndrome and build resilience.

    We will be joined by our esteemed panel:

    • Desi Vlahos – Mental Health First Aid Instructor at Leo Cussen;
    • Larissa Meysner – Clinical Psychologist; and
    • Linda Nguyen – Solicitor and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Herbert Smith Freehills

    who will share their insights, tips and tricks on taking care of your own mental health!

    This event will run over zoom from 5.30pm – 6.30pm on Thursday 15 September 2021.

    RSVP by Wednesday 5.00pm 6 October 2021.

    • 08 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • The Foreign Qualified Lawyers (FQL) Sub-Committee of the NSW Branch of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association is pleased to invite you to a webinar by Daniel Ajak on 'Discovering opportunities through adversity: Lessons from a trailblazing young lawyer", moderated by Subhashree Sundar, Legal Counsel at Reckitt Benckiser.

      We are delighted to invite Daniel to share his thoughts and expertise on:

    • redefining past adversities and using it as a leverage to grow and maximise your potential;
    • broadening legal perspectives and values through embracing new opportunities and experiences;
    • the importance of 'giving back'; and
    • how to be a well-rounded lawyer, through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.


    Time and Date: Friday 8 October 2021

    Event Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm (AEDT)

    Moderator: Subhashree Sundar, Legal Counsel at Reckitt Benckiser.

    Speaker: Daniel Ajak, Director at Ajak, Wolan and Tut Lawyers

    Details: Zoom link to be provided following registration

    Please register before 5 October to secure your seat.

    • 13 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (WAST)
    • BamBamBoo, 25/140 William St, Perth WA 6000

    A reminder that our 'Dim Sum Wednesdays' occur every second Wednesday of the month.

    Details for the next one are below: 

    Venue: BamBamBoo, 25/140 William St, Perth WA 6000 

    Time & Date: Space reserved between 1pm and 3pm, 13 October 2021  

    Price of meal to be paid directly to BamBamBoo on the day 

    • 21 Oct 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 42, 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane


    Registration is essential as spaces are strictly limited.

    AALA Members will be prioritised for registration.

    Non-AALA Members can register for the wait list. If there are remaining tickets after 31 July 2021, registration will be open for those on the wait list.

    Join AALA now to secure a seat!

    Please contact qld@aala.org.au if you have any questions

    The AALA gratefully acknowledge the support provided by Corrs Chambers Westgarth in hosting this event.

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CADT)
    • Sparkke at the Whitmore

    AALA SA - End of Year Mentoring Event

    The AALA SA Branch want to say a big THANK YOU to all mentors and mentees by inviting you back to where it all started at Sparkke at the Whitmore for some food and drinks. This event is proudly sponsored by Laity Morrow.

    Details of the event are:

    Date: Thursday 28 October 2021

    Time 6.00pm to 9.00pm 

    Venue: Sparkke at the Whitmore, Queen's Room, 317 Morphett Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000

    Cost: FREE!

    This event is only for SA mentors and mentees who have participated in the AALA mentoring program for 2021. 

    Thanks to our generous sponsor, Laity Morrow, we will be providing finger food and drinks. 

    Please register your attendance as soon as possible as spots are limited. 

    Please email sa@aala.org.au for any questions. 

    • 03 Nov 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Manchuria Bar, Level 1/7-9 Waratah Pl, Melbourne
    Registration is closed

    The Victorian Branch of the AALA invites you to join us for drinks, food and festivities for our End of Financial Year Dumplings & Drinks. 

    Date: TBC (Note, the date noted on the event page is a placeholder only)

    Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    Location: Manchuria Bar, Level 1/7-9 Waratah Place, Melbourne VIC 3000 

    Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

    Dress Code: Smart casual

    Please RSVP by 16 August 2021 through this link.

    The ticket price includes a selection of finger food and drinks. We have a limited capacity for this event, so be sure to purchase your ticket as soon as possible

    This event is proudly sponsored by Svenson Barristers. 

    Svenson Barristers is a list of over 200 barristers and mediators based in Melbourne Victoria, being a generalist list with counsel who individually specialise across all areas of the law. The list is run by Anna Svenson (LLB/BA) who has been the director since 2016.

    This event will be conducted in a COVID-safe manner and attendees will be required to comply with the public health guidelines and Chief Health Officer’s directions as in force at the date of the event (including maintaining a safe physical distance and wearing masks indoors, if required).

    In the unfortunate event there is sudden tightening of restrictions affecting the event, we will either look to postpone the event or if unsafe, cancel the event. If the event is cancelled, we will provide a full refund to all registrants.  

    If you have any queries, please contact vic@aala.org.au

    • 11 Nov 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Trainer profile

    Having previously practised for 12 years as a commercial lawyer at Clayton Utz, Sue has since amassed 20 years of extensive experience in communication consulting and training. She specialises in helping a broad range of clients in Australia, New Zealand and across Asia to become more effective and efficient communicators, which has significantly contributed to their success. ‘

    Her training on drafting contract clauses combines best-practice approaches she developed during her 12 years as a commercial lawyer in private practice, in-house in one of the world’s largest corporates and in-house in the public sector, including while drafting legislation for the Queensland Parliament. She won an Australia Day Council achievement award for the work she did for the Queensland Government.

    She has helped graduates to senior legal practitioners in: 

    ·       many law firms (Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, Clayton Utz, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith Freehills, Minter Ellison and Norton Rose Fulbright)

    ·       legal teams in Australia's major banks (NAB and Westpac)

    ·       public and government legal teams and associations (Department of Premier & Cabinet VIC, NSW Law Society, Law Institute of Victoria, QLD Law Society, Victorian Bar Association, Victorian Government Solicitor's Office).

    Please come along to the session prepared to contribute your perspectives and questions – Sue depends on these to be able to ensure she meets your needs


    Date: Thursday, 11 November 2021

    Time: 6 to 7 pm (NSW/VIC/ACT/TAS); 5 to 6 pm (QLD); 5:30 to 6:30 pm (SA); 3 to 4 pm (WA)

    Details: Zoom link and pre-workshop information to be provided upon confirmation of your place

Past events

24 Sep 2021 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
23 Sep 2021 In Conversation With AALA ACT: Career Experiences
18 Sep 2021 National Summit SA After Party!
18 Sep 2021 2021 National Summit: Cultural Diversity and the Legal Profession: Towards a More Inclusive Future
14 Sep 2021 AALA WA Branch - Superwomen Series: In Conversation with SAT Member Kah Yee Loh
08 Sep 2021 Dim Sum Wednesday
26 Aug 2021 Is Where I Am Because Of Where I Came From? In Conversation With Ravi Kewalram
17 Aug 2021 AALA National Digital Events Series - Career Workshop Series - Interview Skills
11 Aug 2021 Dim Sum Wednesday
29 Jul 2021 A Great Waste of Talent? Chinese-Australians in the Australian Public Service: In Conversation With Yun Jiang
22 Jul 2021 WA Branch - Student Speed Networking Event
14 Jul 2021 Dim Sum Wednesday
29 Jun 2021 AALA National Digital Events Series - Career Workshop Series - Written Applications
24 Jun 2021 Insolvency - An insider's guide
24 Jun 2021 ACT: Coffee & Breakfast Networking Morning
18 Jun 2021 WA Branch - Movie Night - Minari
08 Jun 2021 Foreign Qualified Lawyers Subcommittee - Webinar with Claire Bibby
04 Jun 2021 [QLD] Social Movie Night - Nomadland
02 Jun 2021 The William Ah Ket Scholarship Launch 2021
18 May 2021 LawRight Inc's Queensland Legal Walk 2021
13 May 2021 AALA ACT Branch Meeting
12 May 2021 Dim Sum Wednesday
05 May 2021 AALA WA Mentoring Program Launch 2021
05 May 2021 AALA VIC Mentoring Program Launch 2021
05 May 2021 NSW Branch - 2021 Mentoring Launch Event
05 May 2021 QLD Branch 2021 Mentoring Launch Event
05 May 2021 NSW March Madness: Hidden Gems of Family Law
29 Apr 2021 SA Branch - 2021 Mentoring Launch Event
29 Apr 2021 ACT Branch 2021 Mentoring Launch Event
21 Apr 2021 AALA ACT Dumpling Night
14 Apr 2021 Monthly Dim Sum
31 Mar 2021 AALA VIC CPD Webinar - "Playing the Victim" presented by psychologist Peter Hanley
29 Mar 2021 NSW March Madness: Personal Cost Orders against Legal Practitioners CPD
26 Mar 2021 AALA ACT Networking Breakfast
24 Mar 2021 SA Mentoring Panel Discussion
18 Mar 2021 NSW March Madness: Judicial Review of Migration Decisions CPD
12 Mar 2021 AALA WA - Lunar New Year Banquet 2021
11 Mar 2021 NSW March Madness: Mixed Use Developments CPD
04 Mar 2021 NSW March Madness: Intellectual Property - Challenges and Strategies CPD
25 Feb 2021 SA AALA Branch Launch
25 Feb 2021 AALA FQL Drafting Workshop with Sue Tomat of GumLeafGreen
23 Feb 2021 AALA VIC Lunar New Year Celebrations 2021
23 Feb 2021 AALA NSW Lunar New Year Event
21 Dec 2020 AALA ACT End of Year Drinks
17 Dec 2020 AALA Virtual End of Year Celebration: Mentoring Program Reflection x Scholars Forum
08 Dec 2020 AALA SA Branch - End of Year Virtual Drinks
03 Dec 2020 AALA BD Seminar "Professional Selling Skills for Professionals"
27 Nov 2020 AALA WA: End of Year Drinks & Dumplings
26 Nov 2020 AALA National AGM
25 Nov 2020 VIC Branch Meeting
24 Nov 2020 QLD Branch Meeting
24 Nov 2020 ACT Branch Meeting
23 Nov 2020 WA Branch Meeting
23 Nov 2020 NSW Branch Meeting
19 Nov 2020 SA Branch Meeting
19 Oct 2020 AALA VIC CPD Webinar - "Covid and the Criminal Law" - 19 October 2020
13 Oct 2020 AALA National Digital Events Series - Career Workshop Series - Interview Skills
03 Oct 2020 AALA National Cultural Diversity Summit - 3 October 2020
30 Sep 2020 Practice and procedure in VCAT's Administrative Division
29 Sep 2020 AALA National Digital Events Series - Implementing International Environmental Obligations at a National Level in the Asia-Pacific Region - 29 September 2020
23 Sep 2020 Asian Australian Families & Australian Family Law Webinar
01 Sep 2020 AALA National Digital Events Series: Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training Seminar - Part 1
27 Aug 2020 ‘How to Foster Effective Mentoring Relationships During COVID-19’ AALA Online Workshop sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills
25 Aug 2020 AALA National Digital Events Series - Launch of the Foreign Qualified Lawyers Initiative
20 Aug 2020 AALA National Digital Events Series - Career Workshop Series - Written Applications
30 Jul 2020 AALA WA: Q & A Panel Discussion for Students
30 Jul 2020 Live Q&A with Sharon Burchell & My Anh Tran
09 Jul 2020 AALA NATIONAL DIGITAL EVENTS SERIES: "Covid-19 Well-being Seminar for Adapting to a New Normal: A Change Brain for a Changing World"
10 Jun 2020 Coronavirus and you: The Asian-Australian law students’ guide to surviving the COVID-19 pandemic
03 Jun 2020 AALA National Digital Events Series: Adjusting to the New Now – Videoconferencing tips, tricks and tales
28 May 2020 AALA National Digital Events Series 2020 - CLE - Trends in Climate Litigation
19 May 2020 Queensland Legal Walk 2020
30 Apr 2020 AALA National Mentoring Program 2020 - Online Launch Hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills
30 Mar 2020 AALA VIC CPD Seminar - “Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals” – 30 March 2020
26 Mar 2020 AALA WA - Special Screening of MULAN - 26 March 2020
18 Mar 2020 NSW Branch - CLE March Madness "Cultural Sensitivity and dealing with Dishonesty" - 18 March 2020
09 Mar 2020 NSW Branch - CLE March Madness "Introduction to the Legal Framework of International Commercial Arbitration" - 9 March 2020
05 Mar 2020 NSW Branch - CLE March Madness "Acting for Start Ups" - 5 March 2020
28 Feb 2020 AALA QLD 2020 Social - The Neighbourhood Show
06 Feb 2020 WA Lunar New Year Celebration 2020
06 Feb 2020 AALA NSW Lunar New Year Event
06 Feb 2020 VIC Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner 2020
04 Dec 2019 AALA VIC End of Year Trivia Night
03 Dec 2019 AALA NSW Christmas and End of Year Party
29 Nov 2019 AALA (Qld) - End of Year Celebrations
27 Nov 2019 2019 AALA Annual General Meeting (and Branch Meetings)
12 Nov 2019 Being Your Own Best Friend - Cultivating Self-Appreciation
31 Oct 2019 NSW Branch - Diversity Series Event 5 - Intersectional Diversity Panel
24 Oct 2019 AALA (Qld) and JATL - Lessons in Diversity: A Lecture
23 Oct 2019 The AALA Celebrates Diwali – the Festival of Lights
23 Oct 2019 AALA (Qld) and QLS - Young Professionals Networking Evening
16 Oct 2019 NSW Branch - CLE - PEXA Transactions
09 Oct 2019 The William Ah Ket Scholarship Award Ceremony 2019
08 Oct 2019 Beyond Diversity – the Next Step
18 Sep 2019 AALA (Qld) and QLS - Panel: Supporting Diversity in the Legal Profession
17 Sep 2019 NSW Branch - Diversity Series Event 4 - Women in Law Breakfast, Lean in!
27 Aug 2019 NSW Branch - CLE - Documents and Best Practice
22 Aug 2019 VIC AALA Speed Networking Event
13 Aug 2019 NSW Branch - Diversity Series Event 3 - From Bamboo to Uluru - Foreign Qualified Lawyers and the Journey
01 Aug 2019 AALA (QLD) - Judicial Diversity in Australia Panel Discussion
17 Jul 2019 NSW Branch - Diversity Series Event 2 - Students of Law; Where to from Here?
12 Jun 2019 NSW Branch - EOFY Event in conjunction with Lander & Rogers and the Asian Leadership Project
05 Jun 2019 NSW Branch - Diversity Series Event 1 - William Lee Address
23 May 2019 WA Student Speed Networking Event
22 May 2019 The William Ah Ket Scholarship Launch 2019
14 Apr 2019 Student Internship with the County Court Commercial Division (VIC)
03 Apr 2019 AALA (VIC) - Voice and Presentation CPD Workshops with Richard Lawton
28 Mar 2019 NSW Branch - CLE March Madness - Using G-Suite in your Professional Practice
28 Mar 2019 WA Lunar New Year Celebration 2019
26 Mar 2019 NSW Branch - CLE March Madness - Ethics and Professional Conduct
20 Mar 2019 NSW Branch - CLE March Madness - Misrepresentations in the context of Insurance Contracts
13 Mar 2019 NSW Branch - CLE March Madness - Drafting Affidavits: Tips and Hints to Better Drafting
08 Mar 2019 AALA QLD 2019 Social - Single Asian Female play night
06 Mar 2019 NSW Branch - CLE March Madness - Proving Solvency in Winding Up and Bankruptcy Proceedings
28 Feb 2019 NSW Branch - Beginning of Law Term Event - 28 February 2019 at Baker McKenzie
21 Feb 2019 AALA - QLD Branch - Mentoring Program Launch
21 Feb 2019 AALA - NSW Branch - Mentoring Program Launch
21 Feb 2019 AALA – VIC Branch – Mentoring Program Launch
13 Feb 2019 NSW Branch - A CPD Reception with Judge Joshua Wilson QC at Frederick Jordan Chambers
12 Feb 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner 2019 (VIC)
11 Dec 2018 Commercial Law in the Asian Century - Is Western Sydney Ready?
07 Dec 2018 AALA QLD 2018 End of Year Social
06 Dec 2018 AALA VIC End of Year Meet & Greet 2018
05 Dec 2018 AALA NSW Christmas Party
08 Nov 2018 Litigation Workshop: What to Do When Things Go Wrong
04 Oct 2018 AALA - 2018 QLD Branch Meeting and National AGM
04 Oct 2018 AALA – 2018 VIC Branch Meeting and National AGM
04 Oct 2018 AALA – 2018 NSW Branch Meeting and National AGM
04 Oct 2018 AALA - 2018 WA Branch Meeting and National AGM
21 Sep 2018 Networking Drinks and Dinner (Sydney -Chinatown
21 Sep 2018 AALA National Roundtable 2018
20 Sep 2018 The William Ah Ket Scholarship Award Ceremony 2018 (NSW)
20 Sep 2018 AALA & ILAQ Indigenous cultural awareness training seminar
14 Sep 2018 AALA WA: 2018 Networking Drinks
13 Sep 2018 Stress Management the Eastern Way - Mindfulness for Lawyers
05 Sep 2018 Otto Kong Sing - A Lecture by Malcolm Oakes SC
28 Aug 2018 Annual William Lee Address NSW - Barriers and Enablers. Tues 28 August 2018
01 Aug 2018 Meet His Honour Judge J D Wilson QC and followed by Meet the Partners Panel Discussion (WA)
07 Jun 2018 Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: CEO Series - Part 3 with ENGIE
17 Apr 2018 Cultural Diversity in the Workplace- CEO Series- Part 2 with MLC Life Insurance
15 Mar 2018 Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: CEO Series- Part 1 with Toll Group
13 Mar 2018 AALA WA Student Event- Your Personal Brand in the Growing Asia-Pacific Market
08 Mar 2018 Victorian AALA Lunar New Year Celebration
22 Feb 2018 2018 WA Lunar New Year Dinner
05 Feb 2018 AALA NSW Lunar New Year Celebration
21 Dec 2017 2017 AALA Victoria End-of-Year Celebration
13 Dec 2017 AALA NSW Christmas Party
13 Dec 2017 WA Social - Mini Golf on the Quay
07 Dec 2017 Setting up your own Practice - A Panel Discussion
21 Nov 2017 The Inaugral William Ah Ket Scholarship Award
17 Nov 2017 Cultural diversity and the bamboo ceiling
16 Nov 2017 2017 WA Mentoring Program
15 Nov 2017 Launch of NSW Mentoring Program 2017
08 Nov 2017 2017 Annual General Meeting
09 Oct 2017 Diversity- My Experiences in the Law
04 Oct 2017 Richard Lawton - Voice and Presentation Workshops (Vic)
07 Sep 2017 Reflections on lessons from four decades of legal and professional engagement with China
18 Aug 2017 The Changing Face of Law - A Global Perspective (Vic)
17 Aug 2017 The Asian Experience in America and What it Means for Australia: Professor Frank Wu and Perth Guest Speaker Julian Sher
16 Aug 2017 The Changing Face of Law - A Global Perspective (Sydney)
31 May 2017 2017 Vic AALA Launch with His Honour Magistrate Raj Malhotra
17 May 2017 Tarwirri and AALA present: Cultural diversity in the legal profession (VIC)
27 Mar 2017 CLE Event: Business with the Dragon - Enforcing Contractual Obligations in favour of Australian clients in China (NSW)
23 Mar 2017 For Lawyers: Strategies to develop a social media presence (QLD)
16 Mar 2017 POSTPONED: Address by the Federal Attorney General, the Hon. George Brandis
01 Mar 2017 Her Honour Magistrate Urfa Masood: Reflections from the Bench (VIC)
11 Feb 2017 Lunar New Year Dinner (including welcome cocktails) - AALA NSW
13 Dec 2016 AALA 2016 End of Year Celebration (Vic)
05 Dec 2016 AALA NSW 2016 End-of-Year Celebration
03 Nov 2016 AALA Mentoring Program Launch (VIC)
27 Oct 2016 2016 AALA Annual General Meeting
27 Oct 2016 2016 AALA NSW Branch Meeting (NSW)
04 Oct 2016 AALA Mentoring Program Launch (NSW)
07 Sep 2016 CPD workshops with Richard Lawton for voice and presentation training (VIC)
25 Aug 2016 International Perspectives on Cultural Diversity
11 Aug 2016 Where the Glass and Bamboo Ceilings Meet in the Australian Legal Profession - NSW Event
23 Jun 2016 What is it like to be an Asian-Australian lawyer in 2016? - Career Panel Discussion (NSW)
21 Jun 2016 Vincent Shin - My Story (VIC)
12 May 2016 Seminar - Legal, operational, and cultural challenges of doing business in China (VIC)
02 May 2016 Inaugural Annual William Lee Address (NSW)
12 Apr 2016 John Leung: 8 Things You Don't Know About Me
06 Apr 2016 AALA NSW Networking Event
10 Mar 2016 Richard Lawton - Elevate Your Voice and Presence (CPD Series)
19 Feb 2016 AALA and ACC - Getting the monkey off our backs: improving diversity and inclusion in the legal sector
07 Dec 2015 End of Year Event 2015 (VIC)
02 Nov 2015 AALA NSW Launch - 2 November 2015
08 Sep 2015 Annual General Meeting 2015
25 May 2015 CPD Session with Jason Yeap OAM & Jenny Taing
14 Apr 2015 Launch of AALA Cultural Diversity Analysis
26 Feb 2015 Asian Cultural Attitudes to Litigation and Mediation

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