Victorian Women Lawyers | VWList | September / October 2015
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Inaugural Warren Moot

Supreme Court advocates reign supreme

After three hard fought rounds, the Grand Final of VWL's inaugural Warren Moot took place on 14 October. Two Supreme Court teams competed before a full bench comprised of Chief Justice Warren, Justice McMillan and Justice Almond. The trophy went to Amy Yeap, Reegan Morison, Alice Smith and Katherine Farrell, with Amy Yeap awarded best advocate. Congratulations to all who participated in the 2015 Warren Moot!  
Also in this edition of VWList:
> President Maxwell, Male Champion of Change for the Legal Profession, to participate in an important conversation about women's representation in all areas of the law
> 2016 Executive Committee positions
> Opportunity to participate in Deakin University psychology survey.

Career Interrupted: How 14 Successful Women Navigate Career Breaks
7:30 to 9am Wed 21 Oct
Mr Mason
Shop 10, 530 Collins St, Melb

Join us for breakfast and a panel discussion on how women can get their careers back on track after a break, with:

> Lisa Croxford, Capability Development Manager, Herbert Smith Freehills
> Samone McCurdy, Department of Social Work, Monash University
> Norah Breekveldt, author and leadership coach.
Find out more and register.

From 5:30pm Tues 27 Oct
King & Wood Mallesons
L50, 600 Bourke St, Melb
A panel discussion about the contribution and experiences of women working in areas of the law traditionally dominated by men.
With the Hon Justice Maxwell AC, Associate Justice Ierodiaconou and
 > Zoe Maud, barrister
 > Mary Polis, CEO of the Royal Commission into Family Violence
 > Ruth Shann, barrister.
Find out more and register
The Royal Commission into Family Violence - Question & Answer
From 5:30pm Thurs 29 Oct
Logie-Smith Lanyon Lawyers
L12, 575 Bourke St, Melb

A Q&A session with:
 > Rosie Batty, family violence campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year
 > Rob Hulls, Director, RMIT Centre for Innovative Justice
 > Kaye Swanton, Violence Free Families
 > Luke Ablett, former Sydney Swans footballer and respectful relationships campaigner.
Moderated by Jocelyn Bignold, CEO, McAuley Community Services for Women.
Find out more and register.

> 26 November 2015 - VWL Christmas Party and Annual General Meeting.

Fitted For Work - Clothing Drive
VWL's Fitted For Work clothing drive has been extended to the end of October. Drop off any work wear no longer needed to VWL's Administrator at the LIV on Bourke Street, Melbourne (please email to confirm drop off time). The ABC for Fitted For Work clothing donations:   

> Appropriate for interviews 
> Best possible condition
> Clean, clean, clean

Call for participants in study seeking to establish test norms around aggression and violence. The study looks at attitudes and beliefs about impulsive behaviour, how people interact and communicate, how we see ourselves, and how we regulate our emotions. It is hoped the resulting norms can be used by clinicians delivering offender treatment programs to determine whether participants have changed on these measures over treatment.
Find out more and participate.

Jobs Shared is a free online job sharing platform that makes job sharing easy. You simply create a profile, search the database for someone with similar experience and use the platform's secure online messaging service to contact potential job sharing partners. There are also tips for combining resumes and applying for full time jobs as a team. For more information:


2016 Executive Committee - Nominations open soon
Are you interested in joining VWL's Executive Committee in 2016? Nominations will soon open for the following roles:
> Convenor
> Assistant Convenor
> Secretary
> Treasurer
> General Members.
Appointments will be made at the Annual General Meeting on 26 November 2015.

VWL's committees focus on:
> justice, law reform and work practices
> communications and networking
> women in government
> women migrant's legal information.

Getting involved in a VWL committee is a valuable way to work on some great projects, meet like-minded women lawyers, get a feel for how VWL operates, learn about governance and leadership, and earn CPD points (up to 3 points for committee participation). To get involved in a committee, please email

Evaluation of 2012 Family Violence Amendments
The AIFS research report, as well as the Court Outcomes Project component of the evaluation, is now available at the AIFS website.

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