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AALA Student Members

Asian Australians are heavily underrepresented at the senior levels of the legal profession. The Asian Australian Lawyers Association aims to promote cultural diversity in the law and break down the “bamboo ceiling” faced by so many Asian Australian lawyers. As the next generation of young lawyers, you are an important part of that change.

By becoming a student member of the AALA, you give Asian law students across Australia a collective voice to be heard on important student issues.

We are now calling for expressions of interest from students in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA. By registering as a member, you can keep updated about our upcoming events and activities. Your membership will also help the National Executive Committee gauge the level of interest from students in each state, so that we can plan our student engagement events and activities for the coming year. 

To register as a student member, please click here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact students@aala.org.au.

Upcoming events for students

    • 25 Feb 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Zoom meeting (dial-in details provided upon registration)
    Registration is closed

    Drafting Workshop by Sue Tomat of GumLeafGreen

    The Foreign Qualified Lawyers (FQL) Subcommitee of the NSW Branch of the Asian Australian Lawyers’ Association (AALA) is pleased to be seeking expressions of interest for a Drafting Workshop proposed to be held on Thursday, 25 February 2021 (6-7pm) by legal drafting guru Sue Tomat, of GumLeafGreen.

    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 is based on current best practice approaches which are aimed at always meeting readers' needs and priorities, and involves achieving context-specific objectives such as client centricity, persuasiveness, risk mitigation and 'seamlessness'. She has helped graduates to senior leaders in:

    • law firms (Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, Clayton Utz, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith Freehills, Minter Ellison and Norton Rose Fulbright);
    • Australia's major banks (ANZ, NAB and Westpac);
    • major investment banks (Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Macquarie Group);
    • 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).

    What do we need you to do?

    We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to access such training which will be interactive and conducted via a Zoom platform (requring participants to have their video on). While this session will not focus specifically on the art and science of contract drafting (for which a further workshop is being considered), some of the principles covered do translate into drafting contract clauses. It is invaluable for all lawyers - particularly for those originally from other countries and juniors, but also for those at mid or higher levels if you have not had the chance to undergo such training previously or need a refresher. In order for this workshop to be able to go ahead, you will need to register your interest and commitment to attend the workshop at a fee of $35 per person (plus GST) by Friday, 22 January 2021. Places are limited and registration will be on a "first in, best dressed" basis - it will be transferable, but not refundable once paid for.

    Once you register, we will notify you when final registration with payment is open.


    Time and Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021 from
    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 to be provided upon payment

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