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  • 29 Oct 2018 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    If you are a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, please support our very own Vice-President, Molina Asthana, in her bid to be re-elected to the LIV Council at the upcoming elections.

    Molina's statement can be viewed here.

  • 25 Oct 2018 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    The Law Institute of Victoria will be holding a workshop on diversity and inclusion in workplaces as part of its Wellbeing Program. Details of the event are as follows:

    Tuesday 30 October 2018
    1 - 2pm
    LIV Lecture Theatre, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne
    FREE for all to attend

    Further details are available on the LIV website.

  • 24 Oct 2018 9:24 PM | Anonymous

    On Tuesday evening 16 October 2018, Daniel Nguyen (Victorian President of AALA), Kerry Truong (Victorian Secretary of AALA) and John Leung (barrister) spoke on a panel about career pathways outside of top-tier commercial law firms, the importance of cultural diversity in the legal profession and the AALA’s role in promoting greater cultural diversity in the law. 

     

    The Q&A session was thought provoking and the law students raised issues concerning the collection of cultural background data as well as how a person born overseas might go about maintaining their cultural traditions whilst adapting to Australian culture. 

     

    Many thanks to Monash Law Faculty for holding and sponsoring the event with AALA which was held at Monash Law Chambers. Law students are encouraged to support and join the AALA (for a small fee of $10) via http://www.aala.org.au/membership-application



  • 10 Oct 2018 8:56 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    As many of you would know, the elections for the Law Institute of Victoria are underway. One of our members, Zubair Mian is seeking election this year.

    If you are an LIV member, we encourage you to support diversity in the LIV council and consider voting for our member. A brief introduction is as below.

    Zubair Mian 

    I am humbled, privileged and honoured to be seeking re-election to the LIV Council having been elected for a three year term in 2015. 

    I Graduated from Melbourne University in1985, was admitted to practice in 1986, and member of the LIV since my admission. I am an experienced commercial litigator at Mian Phillips & Co, the firm I established in 1988 after a two year stint as employee solicitor.

    I believe Strong leadership is essential in representing LIV member’s interest.I understand the issues and concerns faced by practitioners on a daily basis. My diverse experience gained over decades of Legal Practice, inspires me to represent you with compassion, sincerity and conviction. I believe some values are worth fighting for. LIV members must always come first and receive value for money, paid through their membership fees. After all, The LIV is a Member based organisation.  It has moved too far to the right and has been operating as a business in recent times rather than representing the interest and welfare of its members. Member’s health & wellbeing is of utmost importance. I am a strong advocate for cultural, ethnic and gender diversity in the Legal Profession. I am passionate about improving conditions for young lawyers; assisting new graduates find work experience and employment in their chosen profession to gain experience and to progress in their carrier. I currently serve as:- 

    ·       LIV Council/Board member, I am on  Committees including, LIV Executive committee as 5thExecutive, Bail review, building working Group, Committee overseeing Investing Building sale proceeds, Diversity, Access to Justice, LIV Awards, Membership and various other Committees;

    ·       President, of ESLA Inc. since 2012; 

    ·       Founding member and Vice President of AALA Asian Australian Lawyers Association, Inc. (AALA) until 2017, President Vic AALA until October 2018 AGM and now Committee member, www.aala.org.au;

    ·       Registered Mentor with LIV & AALA;

    ·       LIV Council Liaison for Northern Suburbs Law Association (NSLA) & MPLA.

    For more information, please visit LIV's website at : https://www.liv.asn.au/About/Council-Governance/LIV-Council-Elections

  • 10 Oct 2018 5:19 PM | Sining Wang (Administrator)

    The National President and Committee of AALA congratulates former VMC Commissioner on his appointment as Australian Human Rights Commission's new Racial Discrimination Commissioner. We look forward to working with Chin Tan, who is a lawyer, to seek cultural diversity outcomes in our legal profession. 

    To read the official announcement on the AHRC website, please click here.

  • 06 Oct 2018 8:38 PM | Anonymous

    The AALA recently held its 2018 Annual General Meeting in Melbourne, broadcasting live in different cities, including Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. 
    It would not have been possible without the generous sponsor of Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers.
    Congratulations to all committee members recently elected, or re-elected.
    Looking forward to a new year of exciting events, collaborations and new opportunities, onwards and upwards!
    #aalaeventsmelb #culturaldiversity


  • 24 Sep 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The 2018 AGM of the AALA will be held on Thursday 4 October 2018 at 6.30pm AEST / 4.30pm AWST.

    Branch Meetings for each of the AALA State Branches will be held immediately prior at 5.30pm AEST (4.00pm AWST for the WA Branch Meeting).

    For more information and to register for the Branch Meetings and AGM, please click on the relevant link below:

    New South Wales  Victoria Western Australia   Queensland


    Materials for the 2018 AALA AGM are available below:

    Notice of AGM

    AGM Proxy Form

    AALA Executive Committee Nomination Form

    Please refer to the relevant Branch Meeting pages above for the relevant proxy form and Branch Committee nomination form.

  • 21 Sep 2018 7:11 PM | Reimen Hii (Administrator)

    The Queensland Asian Australian Lawyers Association branch is holding its inaugural Litigation Workshop on Thursday morning 8 November 2018.  Tea, coffee, and a light breakfast will be provided.

    The topic will be “What to Do When Things Go Wrong”. What do you do when:

    • the day before a contested hearing you learn that your opponent has briefed a barrister that acted for your client 6 months ago on a direct access brief?
    • you go to receive a civil judgment and the judge has unexpectedly ruled against your client
    • your client is sentenced to an actual term of imprisonment and the corrective services officers start to circle?

    The Workshop will be delivered by a panel of barristers from a range of experience and practice areas. It is designed to give lawyers within the first 5 years of practice practical advice and tips they need when practising in litigation.  

    Date: Thursday 8 November 2018 
    Venue: Baker McKenzie, Level 8, 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane QLD 4000 
    Time: 7.15am for a 7.45am start 
    Cost: Free for AALA members, $10 for practitioners, $5 for students

    For further details and to register go to www.aala.org.au/event-3068023.

    Registrations are essential as spaces are strictly limited.

  • 20 Sep 2018 8:00 PM | Anonymous

    The co-authors of a paper on what parity in cultural diversity looks like are the winners of this year’s William Ah Ket Scholarship.


    The paper, by Kelvin Ng and Ming Kalanon, looked at cultural diversity by focusing on Asian Australians in the legal profession. The paper discusses the need and business case for cultural diversity, before focusing on how cultural diversity is measured.


    The paper was chosen by a panel of judges: The Hon. Justice Margaret Beazley AO, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal; His Honour Judge Joshua Wilson, of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia; Professor George William AO, Dean of UNSW Law; and Patrick Ibbotson, partner and Chairman of Maddocks.


    Kelvin and Ming, who are graduate lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright, will each receive $3,000 for their winning paper.


    Chuan Jun Yeap, a lawyer at Marshalls+Dent+Wilmoth Lawyers, and Gisela Nip, a lawyer at Clayton Utz, were each awarded $1,000 as runners up. Chuan Jun’s paper highlighted the impact of unconscious bias and disproportionate gender representation in the legal profession. Gisela’s paper examined the consequences of a lack of cultural diversity on Australian company boards.


    This year marks the second year of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, an initiative by the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA). The scholarship is named after William Ah Ket, who in 1904 became the first Australian barrister of Chinese origin.


    The winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship was announced at a ceremony held tonight in the Sydney office of Maddocks, who is the sponsor of the scholarship. William Ah Ket was an articled clerk at Maddocks in 1903.


    AALA vice-president William Lye, OAM, congratulated the winners of this year’s scholarship.


    ‘The scholarship honours the career of William Ah Ket by asking junior members of the legal profession and law students to think deeply about diversity and equality in the law and the way the law deals with equality and diversity.


    ‘This year’s papers were outstanding as they tackled major issues that William Ah Ket confronted as a solicitor and then a barrister and that we as a profession and as a wider community continue to grapple with today.’


    Maddocks partner and chairman Patrick Ibbotson said the firm was proud to be supporting the scholarship.


    ‘Maddocks takes great pride in leading the discussion within the legal profession about how we can encourage greater diversity and equality within our own places of work and the greater community.


    ‘We are proud that such an important legal figure as William Ah Ket began his legal career with Maddocks more than 100 years ago and that we are able to honour his contribution to the profession in this way.’

  • 16 Sep 2018 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    The "Stress Management The Eastern Way" workshop was held last Thursday, 13 September in conjunction with R U OK day. This workshop is a collaboration between AALA and Peace Lab, proudly sponsored by Bank of Melbourne

    The main discussion was about mental health issues in the legal profession from the framework perspective of Neuroplasticity whereby the nature of lawyers' work have cultivated the negativity bias of the brain. "Non Doing" was also discussed reflecting the studies of ancient Chinese Taoism.

    This is one of AALA's first initiatives in focusing on wellbeing. The workshop was a great success, and was well received by our attendees. There were also lucky draw gifts generously provided by Bank of Melbourne#aalaeventsmelb#culturaldiversity

     


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