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, Secretary
Marija Yelavich is in her final year at Western Sydney University, studying a Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of International Studies (Asian Studies and Mandarin) with a Bachelor of Critical Thinking and Leadership. Marija is currently completing her clerkship with Piper Alderman and was named as Lawyers Weekly, Women in Law Awards 'Law Student of the Year' in 2017.
In 2013, Marija founded Dare to Know Publications and is the Chief Editor of the Western Sydney University law student magazine, 'Sapere Aude.' Under her leadership, the magazine has welcomed figures such as Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane to explore the topics of cultural and gender diversity. 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 has been recognised by a number of community and University awards and she looks forward to expanding the outreach of the 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.
Pei CHOW, Committee Member
Pei is a solicitor in the property team at Salvos Legal. She graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Music. A passionate supporter of cultural diversity, Pei looks forward to working with the AALA in exploring opportunities for young Asian-Australian lawyers.
Matthew FLORO, Committee Member
Matt advises on public interest environmental and planning law as a Solicitor at the NSW Environmental Defenders Office. Matt has worked for top-tier law firms in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales and has worked in a central government agency. Admitted as a lawyer in October 2013, Matt holds a Master's degree in Law and is currently completing a Master's degree in Public Administration. Passionate about community, he has led Out for Australia Victoria, the Australian Law Students' Association and his university law society.
Originally from Seoul, Ken first came to Australia in 1994. He was admitted as a lawyer in NSW in 2004 and currently works as a principal lawyer at H & H Lawyers. Ken has more than 10 years of experience in advising and acting for clients who are private and public companies, government agencies as well as small to medium businesses and individuals. Ken is an active member of the Korean and Australian community in Sydney. He previously served as the president of the Korean Australian Lawyers Association (“KALA”) and the Korean Australian Young (“KAY”) Leaders. Currently, Ken is the principal solicitor of the Korean Community Legal Services, an advisory board member of Multicultural NSW, and a council member of the Medical Council of NSW. Ken is fluent in English and Korean.
Edwina Kwan, Committee Member
Edwina is a lawyer in the International Arbitration team at King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney. Edwina has particular expertise in China and regional Asian-related disputes. Currently based in Sydney, Edwina has also practiced as a lawyer in Beijing, Hong Kong and Perth. Edwina co-founded the China Young Arbitration Group in Beijing and has lectured at the Tsinghua University Master of Laws Program in International Arbitration & Dispute Settlement. She is admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales, Hong Kong and the High Court of Australia and speaks English and Mandarin. Edwina was also one of 25 young leaders chosen for the Cultural Diversity and Leadership Fellowship program at University of Sydney Business School & the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2018 and looks forward to continuing the work of the AALA in representing Asian Australian lawyers.
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
Elizabeth is a Korean Australian Solicitor and she has recently completed GD in Law at University of Sydney. She is a solicitor of NSW Supreme Court and the High Court. Previously, she worked in the fields of Information Technology (Computer Science) and Project Management in Orange Business Services and thus she has acquired extensive knowledge and experience from those professional areas. She has worked a NSW Branch Committee member of AALA since 2017. What inspired her to commit herself to this endeavour was her passion for cultural and gender diversity. She is proud to support cultural diversity in legal profession in AALA and she is the President of AAWA (Asian Australian Women Association).
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