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About The Committee - NSW branch

NSW Branch Committee Members 2019-2020

Wai Kaey Soon
NSW Branch President
Marija Yelavich
NSW Branch Secretary  
Kripi Bhatt
Committee Member   

Ronny Chen

Committee Member  
Stefanie Cheong
Committee Member  
David Bobby Chong
Committee Member  
Jeffrey Choy
Committee Member
Daniela Lai
Committee Member  
Eleanor Lau
Committee Member  
Diana Liu
Committee Member  
Peter Luo
Committee Member   
Heather Pang
Committee Member   

Tin Lok Shea

Committee Member   
Elizabeth Wang Committee Member  
Samantha Wong
Committee Member
Gillian Woon
Committee Member

AALA National Round Table in NSW 2018

Wai Kaey SOON, NSW Branch President     

Wai Kaey Soon is a barrister at Frederick Jordan Chambers. Prior to his admission to the Bar in 2014, Wai Kaey spent 4 years as a litigation solicitor with a particular expertise in insurance and insolvency law and litigation. His practice spans matters in Courts and Tribunals across Australia and he has expertise in commercial, equity, corporations, and intellectual property law.

Wai Kaey believes that the legal profession in Australia has open before it the vast markets and opportunities of the entire Asian region, and wants all practitioners to find and take advantage of those opportunities, at whatever level. Wai Kaey is also a passionate believer in providing support networks for legal practitioners, and ensuring that all practitioners feel welcome and accepted by others in the profession, no matter their background.


Marija YELAVICH, NSW Branch Secretary

Marija Yelavich graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) / Bachelor of International Studies (Asian Studies and Mandarin) and a Bachelor of Critical Thinking and Leadership from Western Sydney University. Collaborating with Western Sydney University in research and publishing, Marija's academic work explores the intersection between climate change and aviation. 

Admitted in early 2020, Marija is a Solicitor at Lexia Wilson Lawyers, focusing on commercial real estate. This follows her time at Piper Alderman where she completed her graduate rotation in commercial litigation, property and insolvency.

Marija has now been an AALA Member for four years, active on the NSW State Committee and supporting various National Executive projects. Harnessing her skills and networks as the Founding Chief Editor of the Western Sydney University law student magazine, 'Sapere Aude,' Marija enjoys connecting on a creative and provocative level. As an activist, mentor and community advocate, Marija is passionate in contributing to the growth of the legal profession and broader community. Marija's work and leadership have been recognised by a number of industry awards and she looks forward to expanding the outreach of AALA.

Kripi BHATT, Committee Member

Kripi Bhatt is a Legal Counsel at BGIS. Kripi is admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales, High Court of Australia and India and has over 3 years of experience in top tier law firms and as an in-house counsel in both India and Australia. Kripi currently practices commercial law and construction law in facilities and property management industry with prior experience in banking and finance and human rights in India. With an Indian background, Kripi is proud to promote cultural diversity in the legal profession. Kripi is particularly passionate about extending peer support to overseas qualified lawyers migrating to Australia who are seeking to re-qualify in Australia and in need of professional guidance. Kripi also makes a significant contribution to pro bono legal services by volunteering and supporting different Community Legal Centres.

David CHONG, Committee Member

David is a first year lawyer at PricewaterhouseCoopers, prior to this, David attended Monash University in Melbourne and was active in its clubs and societies.  David was the President of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at Monash, where he promoted asian cultures and provided a social environment for students of Asian heritage, and non-asian heritage alike, to form long lasting bonds of friendship. Having a solid foundation in Mandarin, David pursued his desire to become a connection point between Australia and China. He joined the committee of the Australia China Youth Association where he helped strengthen ties between young people in Australia and China through bilateral initiatives in the areas of Careers, Education, and People-to-People Exchange. David hopes to play an important role in achieving AALA's mission of diversity in the legal profession and is excited about what the future holds.

Peter Xuan LUO, Committee Member

Peter Xuan Luo is the China Business Specialist at Torch Innovation Precinct, UNSW and admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. With ten years’ experience in Chinese telecommunication industry, the intersection between emerging technologies and the law is of particular interest to Peter. With a Chinese background, Peter is passionate to promote cultural diversity. Peter is experienced in helping Australian businesses take advantage of emerging opportunities in the China market including R&D, knowledge exchange, intellectual property and market analysis. Mentoring young international legal post-graduates is his primary pro-bono interest along with migration law and international student welfare. Peter is a UNSW graduate with Juris Doctor degree.

Elizabeth WANG, Committee Member     

 I was born in Seoul, South Korea and came to Australia in 1992. I am a solicitor of the NSW Supreme Court and the High Court. I am also a Trade Marks Attorney. I have practised in family law and migration law since I was admitted as a solicitor in NSW. Previously, I worked in the fields of Information Technology (Computer Science) and Project Management for Orange Business Services. I have acquired extensive knowledge and experience from those professional areas.

I have served as an AALA NSW Branch Committee member since 2017. I am a former Executive Committee Member of the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW and continuing Member of the WLANSW Diversity Subcommittee. I am the founding President of the Asian Australian Women’s Association. My passion for cultural and gender diversity has inspired my involvement with AALA NSW, and I am proud to support cultural diversity in the legal profession via AALA. Prior to COVID-19 I taught law at several universities & colleges and I am committed to quality professional legal education. 



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