Victorian Women Lawyers | VWList | May/June 2016
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Renewal time!

Renew your membership and make the most of everything VWL offers.

After the buzz of our wonderful Members and Guests evening, an enthralling panel discussion on migrant women slipping through the cracks, and an informative seminar on working in the public service, the first half of VWL's annual program of events is drawing to a close.

With a record-high interest in our Law Student Mentoring Program, we are excited to move into the second half of the year. 

We still have a couple more events to squeeze in before the end of the financial year. To keep up to date with VWL's activities, visit our website.

Gender, Sexuality and the Legal Profession
VWL welcomes you to join us in a discussion with the Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Rowena Allen.

Join us at 5:30pm on Wednesday 29 June 2016 at Clayton Utz, Level 18, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne.

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

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 (CALD) 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), Psychologist Jennifer Dawson and Court Support Worker, Adisa Muminovic.  

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.

This professional development activity contains content that may meet the CPD needs of lawyers. 

Reminder: Renew Your Membership
We encourage you to renew your membership for the 2016-17 financial year (if you haven't done so already) to ensure you are able to continue to make the most of what VWL offers.

Your current membership is valid until 30 June 2016, so please make sure to renew by 1 July 2016 to enjoy a membership valid until 30 June 2017. View the member brochure and renew.

Regional Networking
As you may know, this year VWL has launched a series of regional networking events for women lawyers and law students based outside Melbourne. So far we've held events in Geelong and Bendigo, with a few more to come!

Check out the photo galleries on our website

2016 VWL & WBA Law Student Mentoring Program
This year, we paired 183 law students with mentors!

We look forward to launching the program with the Honourable Justice Rita Zammit on Thursday 9 June 2016.  
Missed out on registering? Stay tuned for a live video of the event, coming soon!

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

Law Reform
Congratulations to Sophie Brown who is the new co-chair of the Law Reform Committee.

Expressions of interest are sought for the position of co-chair of the Communications Committee. The Committee is responsible for the production of our annual journal, Portia, and keeping VWL in touch with members and non-members via social media and more.
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 Lucienne Cassidy, Senior Associate at Ashurst.

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