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  • 03 Jun 2019 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    Victorian Asian Australian Lawyers Association and Maurice Blackburn held its second instalment of the Court Advocacy Series on 30 May 2019. County Court Commercial Division Judicial Registrars Sharon Burchell and My Anh Tran presented on interlocutory advocacy.

    We were treated to a behind-the-scenes perspective of the Judicial Registrars who provided invaluable tips on oral and written interlocutory advocacy as well as negotiation. It was an information-rich session which covered a substantial amount of practical content in a very concise, engaging and accessible way.

    Their Honours said that promoting cultural diversity in the law is something that is close to their hearts. We thank them for their ongoing support and are delighted to announce that AALA member Gillian Lee is the successful applicant to undertake an internship in the County Court Commercial Division with the Judicial Registrars.

    We look forward to the next part of the Court Advocacy Series.

    Special thanks to Judicial Registrars Burchell and Tran, as well as Jenny Tran and the team at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers for jointly holding the event with AALA Victoria.



  • 29 May 2019 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Australian Bar Association is holding its first international conference in Singapore, on 11-12 July 2019 entitled Convergence: the world-class conference for litigators

    At a time of both significant challenge and opportunity, Australia’s legal profession embraces its future with Asia.

    The carefully curated conference program will explore a range of commercial law and litigation topics and include sessions delivered by inspiring senior members of the legal profession and business sector along with the latest developments in practice development.

    Delegates will engage in ground-breaking discussion and return to practice with quantifiable skills.

    This is an exciting opportunity for like-minded professionals to engage with international colleagues – forging meaningful connections. In addition to an excellent and inspiring educational program, there will be an outstanding social, accompanying partner, and family program catering to those visiting Singapore specifically for the conference and for those passing through on the way to or from another destination.

    Featured Speakers include the Hon Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice, High Court of Australia and the Hon Sundaresh Menon, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Singapore

    For more information visit:

    https://convergence2019.com.au/



  • 24 May 2019 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    The William Ah Ket Scholarship was officially launched at the Chinese Museum in Melbourne on Wednesday night (22 May 2019). It was great to hear from Jane Lee, reporter at the ABC (as moderator), Blossom Ah Ket, descendant of William Ah Ket (in whose honour the Scholarship is named), Mark Wang, Deputy Chairman of the Chinese Museum, and Kingsley Liu, National President of the AALA. 

    Thanks to all those who attended, including William Ah Ket’s family members, members of the judiciary, presidents of other associations and prominent members of educational institution. 

    The Scholarship involves writing a paper on a topic relating to equality, diversity and the law, and is open for expressions of interest until Friday 31 May 2019. For those who are interested in submitting an expression of interest, please do so here.

    The ‘One Million Stories’ exhibition is open for viewing at the Chinese Museum in Melbourne. To listen to Jane Lee’s podcast (on ABC) about William Ah Ket please go here.




  • 13 May 2019 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    The road for our cultural diversity may actually be unplanned but a cohesive journey with other parallel travellers. What started as a simple council development application to build a local prayer hall in Kemps Creek snowballed into a politically charged litigation fought in the media and the court room. Kingsley Liu tells Melissa Coade how his pro bono work for a small Indian Islamic community led him to represent other important human rights causes. See: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ei9obi76n8vtn5/The%20case%20that%20changed%20me.pdf?dl=0

    The article appeared in Issue 55 Law Society Journal, May 2019 at p 66

  • 07 May 2019 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    We are honoured to present the next installment of Victorian AALA and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers' Court Advocacy series. This event will feature County Court Judicial Registrars My Anh Tran and Sharon Burchell sharing their knowledge on interlocutory advocacy.

    The event details are as follows:
    Time: 5.15pm for 5.30pm start of presentation
    Date: Thursday, 30 May 2019
    Venue: Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Level 21 Boardroom, 380 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

    There will be no cost to attend for AALA members and Maurice Blackburn guests.
    Refreshments will be provided for networking after presentation.

    Please refer to the event flyer for more information.

    RSVP by Thursday 23 May 2019 via vicrsvp@mauriceblackburn.com.au or call Jessica Ogilvie at (03) 8792 7102.



  • 02 May 2019 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    The AALA and Maddocks are pleased to invite you to attend the launch event of the William Ah Ket Scholarship 2019 on 22 May 2019 to be held at The Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne. To register your attendance, please visit www.aala.org.au/event-3370351

    You will have the opportunity to view the Chinese Museum exhibition ‘One Million Stories’ which will include William Ah Ket’s story.


    The William Ah Ket Scholarship is an annual scholarship of $6,000 to be awarded to the applicant who produces the most outstanding research paper on a topic dealing with equality, diversity and the legal profession or law. There is also a prize of $1,000 each for the authors of two shortlisted papers.

    An initiative of the AALA and sponsored by law firm Maddocks, the Scholarship is designed to recognise the historical contribution of William Ah Ket to the legal profession as the first Asian Australian barrister in Australia.

    Please visit www.aala.org.au for more information about the William Ah Ket Scholarship 2019 and how to apply. 

    We hope you can join us at the launch.

    Finger food and drinks will be served.

  • 29 Apr 2019 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    As part of Law Week, His Honour Chief Judge Kidd of the County Court of Victoria will speak about the legal community’s burgeoning diversity, with increasing numbers of practitioners coming from different ethnic backgrounds. Even though this diversity is seen in practitioners it is yet to be appropriately reflected on the bench. The Chief Judge will talk about the strides made thus far to accomodate the diverse legal community; the challenges that lie ahead and the cost to our legal system if the bench does not reflect the diverse society in which we live. 

    Event title: Cultural Diversity in the Law

    Date and time: Monday, May 13, 2019 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    Venue: Australian Intercultural Society, Suite 2, 441 St Kilda Rd, MELBOURNE, VIC 3004

    His Honour Judge Kidd has been Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria since 28 September 2015 and previously was Senior Crown Prosecutor, Senior Counsel, Solicitor for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and an International Prosecutor at the War Crimes Chamber of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

    The event will be moderated by Molina Asthana, Vice President of the National Executive of the AALA and principal of Swarup Asthana Lawyers, practicing in commercial law. Molina has worked at top tier firms and at the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office. She has also received multiple awards for her work championing cultural diversity, including the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in 2014 and 2016.

    The event is organized by Australian Intercultural Society (AIS), a not for profit organisation operating in Melbourne since 2000 with the aims of promoting multiculturalism and fostering intercultural and interfaith dialogue. The event is free but bookings are essential. A light lunch with coffee and tea will be offered. 

    For more information on the event go to: https://lawweek.net.au/event/cultural-diversity-in-the-law/ or contact AIS on 03 9867 2248 or info@intercultural.org.au.

    Tickets can be booked at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cultural-diversity-in-the-law-with-chief-judge-peter-kidd-registration-59863860418



  • 23 Apr 2019 8:38 PM | Anonymous

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association is deeply saddened by the dreadful acts of violence in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday which took the lives of over 300 children, women and men, and injured many more, in two churches in Negombo and Batticaloa, and at several major hotels and other locations in and around Colombo. The tragic and senseless acts have occurred in a country that has already suffered so much tragedy over the last decades.

    The Association hopes that our members' families and friends are safe; we extend our heartfelt thoughts and wishes to the victims and sincere condolences to the victim’s families, friends and community.


  • 20 Apr 2019 7:38 PM | Anonymous
    The Anna McPhee Memorial Oration on Diversity and Inclusion is to be delivered by the former High Court Judge and leading Australian Jurist, and AALA patron, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, who will ask: ‘Has the time at last come for Australia to embrace a national Bill of Rights?’. The event will be held on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 at 11:30am to 2:30pm at Zinc, Fed Square for more information, see: https://www.dca.org.au/event/279 and to book https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=475266&
  • 16 Apr 2019 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    The Asian Australian Lawyers Association congratulates Shiva Pillai upon his appointment as a Victorian Magistrate (commencing 30 April, 2019). Shiva Pillai was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1999. He signed the Bar Roll on 22 Nov 2007 appearing in all jurisdictions and was an experienced criminal law advocate. Prior to coming to the Bar he practiced in criminal law for six years with Victoria Legal Aid and prior to that as a commercial litigator for four years. For further information, see: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/two-new-magistrates-appointed/

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