Victorian Women Lawyers | VWList | March/April 2016
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Call for mentors!

Ninth annual VWL & WBA Law Student Mentoring Program

After the excitement of International Women's Day and its 'Pledge for Parity' call to arms, a thrilling oration by Professor Megan Davis - following her appointment to the Prime Minister's Referendum Council - at the annual Dame Roma Mitchell memorial lunch and the launch of a new women barristers lunch series, VWL has settled into the business of offering great events, programs and projects for women lawyers and law students. A snapshot of what is coming up is listed below. Visit for more details and to stay up to date with VWL's activities.

Progression and Promotion for Women Lawyers in the Public Service
An inspiring panel will provide insights into successful planning of legal careers in government.
Join in the discussion on 11th May 2016, 12:30pm at Treasury Theatre - Lower Plaza, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne. Free for members, $20 for non-members. Find out more and register.
Geelong Networking Drinks
VWL is delighted to present the first in a series of events in regional Victoria. Women lawyers and law students are warmly invited to join us for after work drinks on 12th May 2016 at The Edge, 6-8 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong. Find our more and register.
Family Violence in Australia: migrant women slip through the cracks
Join us for a panel discussion on the challenges facing migrant women battling the visa process and relationships of family violence. Come along on 19th May 2016 to King & Wood Mallesons, Level 50, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne from 5:30pm (members $5, non-members $10). Find out more and register.

2016 Members & Guests Evening 
VWL invites you to join us at our 20th Annual Members & Guests evening on 24th May 2016 from 5:30pm at El Coco, 120 King Street, Melbourne. FREE for members (and your guests) if you bring at least two non-members (otherwise $15). Find out more and register.

Competition time!
We have nine double passes to give away to members to see Marguerite - a film inspired by the life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Florence was a 1920s socialite and amateur operatic soprano, who persisted with her singing despite lack of natural ability.

Marguerite is in cinemas now after receiving 11 nominations at the 41st César Awards, winning Best Actress, Costume Design, Sound, and Production Design.

The first nine VWL members to email with their name and address will be sent a double pass. Good luck!

2016 VWL & WBA Law Student Mentoring Program
Applications for mentees have now closed for the ninth annual VWL & WBA mentoring program. However, applications for mentors are still open! Please ensure none of our students miss out on this valuable experience by registering as a mentor online at

The program is endorsed by Commissioner, the Honourable Marcia Neave AO and the Honourable Justice Rita Zammit, and will be formally launched on 9th June 2016 at K&L Gates, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne. Find out more and register.

Please direct any queries about the program, including getting involved as a mentor, to

Committee vacancies

Join VWL's rejuvenated membership committee and contribute to the broadening of VWL's membership base. A key focus of the committee's work this year is designing and delivering events tailored for women lawyers in suburban Melbourne and regional Victoria. 

New members are also sought for VWL's justice committee, which focuses on human rights issues affecting women, as well as our work practices and communications committees.

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. In March/April we feature Lucy Terracall, Insurance Partner at Clayton Utz.

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