Victorian Women Lawyers | VWList | July 2016
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A new financial year!

We look forward to interacting with you! 

Thank you to everyone who has rejoined us for the next financial year, and welcome to our new members! We cannot wait to interact with you throughout the rest of the year and into the next. We have plenty more events lined up and we hope that you will come along.

So far we have received great feedback for our regional networking events and can't wait to bring you more. Check out the photo gallery from the Geelong Networking Drinks

To keep up to date with VWL's activities, visit our website.

Climbing the Career Ladder
Join us for a panel discussion on taking your career to the next level, and how to ask those "tough questions".

Our presenters are: Shobana Richmond, Manager at Taylor Root, Melanie Wilkinson, co-owner and director at Fenton Communications, Shivani Pillai, Barrister and Board Member of the Parole Board, Department of Justice and Jane Harvey, Partner at Ashurst. 

The event will be held at 5:30pm, Wednesday 13 July 2016 at Ashurst, level 26, 181 William Street, Melbourne. This event is FREE for VWL Members and $15 for non-members. Find out more and register.

Tackling Sexism, Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
Come along for a discussion on the issues facing female government lawyers in their workplaces from different perspectives, and how these barriers are being addressed and overcome.

Our special guests are:

  • Catherine Dixon, Director, Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission.
  • Luke Cornelius, Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police.
  • Raelene Sharp, Victorian Bar.  

The event will be held at 7:30am, Tuesday 19 July 2016 at Russell Kennedy Lawyers, level 12, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne. 

This event is FREE for VWL Members and $10 for non-members. Find out more and register.

Re-Live VWL's Events!
We have a new section on our website dedicated to videos of past events and a selection of videos to inspire, educate and influence.  Collected from around the web and curated by our executive. Visit

Culturally Sensitive Legal Advice: Family Law & Family Violence
Join us for a panel discussion on how to best support women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities who are experiencing issues of family law and family violence.

Our esteemed panellists will be Magistrate Noreen Toohey, and members of InTouch Legal Centre, Jane Penberthy (Lawyer), Jennifer Dawson (Psychologist) and Adisa Muminovic (Court Support Worker).  

The event will be held at 6pm, Wednesday 27 July 2016 at MetroWest, Victoria University, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray. This event is FREE for VWL Members and $10 for non-members. Find out more and register.

Work Practices
VWL apologises for an error made in the last issue. We would like to congratulate Sophie Brown who is the new co-chair of the Work Practices Committee.

We would also like to congratulate Isabella Kelly who is the new co-chair of the Communications Committee. 

To get involved in a committee, please email

Sponsor in the Spotlight
VWL members within our sponsor firms support us through active participation in the VWL community. We highlight the work of these women lawyers, and share their thoughts with members, through our regular 'sponsor in the spotlight' column. This month we feature Alicia Sheridan, Partner in the Construction and Projects team at Maddocks

Women World Changers Summit
VWL is proud to support the Women World Changers Summit hosted by The Growth Faculty this October.

Designed to drive a dialogue focused on the importance of greater workplace diversity and equality, it features a line up of speakers never seen before on one stage:
  • Amal Clooney, Human Rights Lawyer, Doughty Street Chambers.
  • Linda Riley, Managing Director, Global Diversity Company (UK).
  • Mai Chen, Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life.
  • Wendy McCarthy, mentor, author, change activist, campaigner for rights of women and children.
  • Carol Schwartz, Women's Leadership Institute Australia.
  • Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent Solutions.
  • Graeme Watson, Vice President, Fair Work Commission.
  • Giam Swiegers, Global CEO, Aurecon.
The event will be held at the Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, on Monday 10 October 2016. VWL members will receive over $200 off registration. For more information, visit The Growth Faculty website, or book now before 5th July 2016 - limited seats available. 
The Warren Moot - Registration Now Open!
VWL is thrilled to announce that registration for the second year of our mooting competition for Victorian women lawyers and law students is now open.

The Warren Moot is an initiative designed to address the small number of women lawyers in advocacy roles, encourage women lawyers to participate in public speaking and provide them with insight into a career at the Bar. 

The competition is endorsed by Chief Justice Marilyn Warren of the Supreme Court of Victoria. It's first come, first served, so get in quick!

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