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  • NSW Student Subcommittee Event

    On the 31st of March 2022, Asian Australian Lawyers Association NSW Student Engagement Subcommittee invited Andrew Chew (partner from Corrs Chambers Westgarth), Sina Kassra (partner from Piper Alderman), Joy Chen (lawyer from Clayton Utz) and Kai Nash (lawyer from King & Wood Mallesons) to speak as panelists at the AALA Cultural Diversity in the Legal Profession Talk. The event took place online, but it does not stop 63 attendees from listening to the insightful discussions between the four speakers! The speakers touched upon their personal journeys in terms of how diversity has helped them to develop their legal careers, what cultural diversity means to them and to the entire legal profession. The speakers also provided invaluable advice to law students and young legal professionals on how to leverage their cultural differences in their early careers, as well as ways in dealing with discrimination in the workplace. They also introduced various initiatives of their respective firms to hire more diverse talent and support people from diverse backgrounds to the attendees. A big thank you to Andrew, Sina, Joy and Kai for their involvement and contribution to the panel event! NSW Student Subcommittee

  • WE WANT YOU! APPLY TO BECOME AN AALA VOLUNTEER OFFICER TODAY

    AALA is the peak body for Asian Australian lawyers and lawyers with an interest in Asia regardless of background. We are a national, not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation with Branches in all States and Territories. In 2021, we ran almost 60 events across the country, reaching over 1,000 members from all parts of our profession. But we can only run our events and initiatives through the amazing generosity of our volunteers (including all our Executive Committee and Branch Committee members). To successfully run our packed schedule of events and initiatives for 2022, we need your support. Please consider applying for one of the ten available 2022 national volunteer positions today (see position descriptions below). Applicants can be from any background but must be current or prospective members of AALA - please become a member if you are not one already. All applications for volunteer positions close at 6pm AWST Sunday, 20 March 2022. Apply now! We will be interviewing on a rolling basis so please apply as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application! AALA National Events Officer (Volunteer) AALA National Finance Officer (Volunteer) AALA National Marketing Officer (Volunteer) AALA National Media and Policy Officer (Volunteer) AALA National Membership Officer (Volunteer) AALA National Operations Officer (Volunteer) AALA National Partnerships Officer (Volunteer) AALA National Secretariat Officer (Volunteer) AALA National Student Engagement Officer (Volunteer) AALA National Summit Deputy Convenor (Volunteer)

  • Media Release: Sexual harassment in the workplace – Further statement from the AALA

    MEDIA RELEASE Sexual harassment in the workplace – Further statement from the AALA National Executive Committee The Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) notes the recent findings of sexual harassment and discrimination experienced by two former judge’s associates at the hands of former Victorian Supreme Court judge Peter Vickery. These arise from the independent investigation undertaken by Kate Eastman AM SC and commissioned by the Supreme Court of Victoria. Further to its statement regarding sexual harassment in the workplace published on 30 June 2020,[1] the National Executive Committee of AALA supports the statements made by other legal organisations, including the Women Barristers’ Association and Victorian Women Lawyers in respect of these findings. This follows in the wake of: the Commonwealth reaching a financial settlement with, and apologising to, three former associates to former High Court judge Dyson Heydon (whom he was found to have sexually harassed, following an independent investigation undertaken by Dr Vivienne Thom AM and commissioned by the High Court of Australia) last month; and the report and recommendations from the Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts and VCAT conducted by Dr Helen Szoke AO (Victorian Review), published early last year. AALA reiterates that sexual harassment has no place in any workplace and that all members of the legal profession must work together to ensure that it provides a safe environment for everyone, including women. This issue is particularly topical in light of International Women’s Day being earlier this week. AALA understands that the Supreme Court of Victoria has accepted the recommendations from the Victorian Review, is committed to their implementation and has begun that work.[2] Similar changes need to be made across the legal profession as a whole. If you have experienced sexual harassment in your workplace, in addition to accessing your workplace’s policies, you may wish to lodge a complaint with the relevant anti-discrimination or equal opportunity Board or Commission in your State or Territory, the Australian Human Rights Commission or Safe Work Australia. [1] https://membersuite.aala.org.au/page-7738/9069063 . [2] For the full text of Chief Justice Anne Ferguson’s statement, see: https://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au/news/statement-from-anne-ferguson-chief-justice-of-the-supreme-court-of-victoria Download the Media Statement here:

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  • AALA SA BRANCH | Asian Australian Lawyers Association

    AALA SA BRANCH ABOUT THE SA BRANCH The Members of the South Australian Branch of AALA work across a broad range of practice areas. Most are based in the Adelaide central business district but a significant number practise in the suburbs and regional areas. The SA Branch Committee has been active in establishing the SA Branch, and has already formed strong relationships with a variety of law firms, other professional services firms and professional bodies to achieve AALA’s Objectives. Our focus is on mentoring and strengthening the support networks for Asian Australian lawyers in SA. Whilst our emphasis is on supporting Asian Australian lawyers, the SA Branch is not, and has never been exclusive, and we welcome all members of the SA legal profession so long as they have an interest in supporting cultural diversity in the profession. The SA Branch Committee pays our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work, live and learn. We acknowledge Elders, past, present and emerging and will continue to advocate for the respect of elders, land and community with the objective of celebrating intersectional diversity and empowerment of all First Nations people worldwide. READ MORE ABOUT OUR PATRONS 2022 SA BRANCH MEMBERS JESSICA TEOH SA Branch President NATHAN SCHWARZ SA Branch Secretary EDWIN FAH SA Branch Committee Member TINA TRAN SA Branch Committee Member BRIAN VUONG SA Branch Committee Member JESSICA LE SA Branch Committee Member AUDREY LIAN SA Branch Committee Member VANESSA HO SA Branch Committee Member Out of gallery HOW WE OPERATE The SA Branch consists of the Committee Members and Members. The Committee Members are elected by Members at each Annual General Meeting. The purpose of the Committee is to set the direction of the SA Branch and carry out the AALA Objectives. The Committee is the first point of contact between the SA Branch and the National Executive. The Committee meets at least monthly to plan events that seek to further establish and entrench networks for its Members. You do not need to be formal Committee Member to participate in planning or organising events. The Committee frequently draws from the expertise of its Members on an ad hoc basis. We encourage you to reach out to the Committee to assist in planning or organising some events before applying to be a Committee Member. That said, the Committee, like AALA more broadly, appreciates and strives to obtain a diversity of viewpoints so encourages all Members to consider joining the Committee, or otherwise to assist it in an informal capacity. For more information about the SA Branch Committee and how we operate, please read our Constitution and Policies, or contact us at sa@aala.org.au WORK WITH US Established in 2020, the SA Branch is continually growing and we encourage you to join our team: Jessica Teoh, SA Branch President Nathan Schwarz, SA Branch Secretary Brian Vuong, Committee Member Edwin Fah, Committee Member Tina Tran, Committee Member Vanessa Ho, Committee Member Jessica Le, Committee Member Audrey Lian, Committee Member < BACK TO ALL BRANCHES

  • AALA ACT BRANCH | Asian Australian Lawyers Association

    AALA ACT BRANCH ABOUT THE ACT BRANCH The ACT Branch was established in 2021 and has received overwhelming support from colleagues from within the private and government sector. Uniquely positioned in the nation’s capital, the ACT Branch aims to be the key touchpoint and advocate for advancing cultural diversity in both the private and public legal sector. We believe that this goal can only be achieved with the support of members across all levels of the profession and we welcome allies from all backgrounds. We are proud to have built a close-knit community of members across the profession, including students, public servants, practising and in-house lawyers, barristers and consultants. The ACT Branch Committee pays its respects to the Ngambri and Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land on which we live. We acknowledge their Elders, past, present and emerging and we are committed to working with their community to fulfil a vision of diversity that celebrates and empowers all First Nations people. READ MORE ABOUT OUR PATRONS 2022 ACT BRANCH MEMBERS EVELINE KUANG ACT Branch President DOMINIQUE YAP ACT Branch Secretary RAHUL BEDI ACT Branch Committee Member MADHULI KANGO ACT Branch Committee Member ROHAN REDDY ACT Branch Committee Member ANGEL LI ACT Branch Committee Member MACKY MACKAR ACT Branch Committee Member VEENA BEDEKAR ACT Branch Committee Member JAMES KWAN ACT Branch Committee Member Out of gallery HOW WE OPERATE The ACT Branch consists of the Committee and Members. The Committee is elected by Members at each Annual General Meeting. The purpose of the Committee is to steer and lead the ACT Branch, building the ACT Branch membership, advocating for and on behalf of Members and working with the National Executive to achieve the collective AALA Objectives. The ACT Committee meets every two months to plan regular events and projects that serve and celebrate our Members. To join the ACT Branch Committee, you must be a registered Member of AALA. We encourage you to attend the ACT Branch events and participate in our work before applying to be a Committee Member. We are an intersectional Branch and enjoy a diversity of voices, backgrounds and experiences and encourage all students and practitioners to join the ACT Branch Committee. For more information about the AALA and how we operate, please read our Constitution and National Policies. WORK WITH US The ACT Branch is new and growing! We always welcome new Members and ideas. If you have a particular interest, such as representing students, government or delving into a particular area such as advocacy, please contact our Committee at act@aala.org.au and we would love to hear from you. < BACK TO ALL BRANCHES

  • AALA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE | Asian Australian Lawyers Association

    AALA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ABOUT THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE The Members of the AALA National Executive reflect the cultural and thought diversity of the AALA Membership. The National Executive leadership model is collaborative and our leadership is inspired by a grass-roots, Member-led approach. Acknowledging the rich and complex history of Australia and the role of Asian migration, the National Executive seeks to celebrate the Asian Australian intersection, Australia's engagement with Asia, and the role of migration generally in shaping today's Australia. In celebrating today's Australia, the National Executive also acknowledges First Nations Peoples and the histories and communities that thrived on this land before settlement. Our National Executive Members value the role of Elders in leading the next generation and are inspired by their own cultures to continue to respect the roles of Elders and community leaders in guiding the growth and development of emerging generations. In 2021, the National Executive proudly announced the Hon Diana Bryant AO QC as our National Patron and the Rt Hon Lord Justice Rabinder Singh as our International Patron. The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG continues as Emeritus Patron. READ MORE ABOUT OUR PATRONS 2022 NATIONAL BRANCH MEMBERS MOLINA ASTHANA National President MATT FLORO National Vice-President MARY LIU National Secretary IVONNE MURYADI National Treasurer MARIJA GURLICA (NEE YELAVICH) NSW Branch President TONY WU NSW Branch Vice-President PAVITHRA JAIDEV NSW Branch Secretary DOMINIC NGUYEN QLD Branch President VERNON TING QLD Branch Secretary KELVIN NG VIC Branch President JENNY SI VIC Branch Secretary BELINDA WONG WA Branch President JULIE MOORE WA Branch Secretary JESSICA TEOH SA Branch President NATHAN SCHWARZ SA Branch Secretary TIFFANY TANG TAS Branch President JUSTIN HENG TAS Branch Secretary EVELINE KUANG ACT Branch President DOMINIQUE YAP ACT Branch Secretary LYMA NGUYEN NT Branch President ERROL CHUA NT Branch Vice-President JACINTA MU NT Branch Secretary WILLIAM ZHOU Executive Committee Member JOHNNY NGUYEN Executive Committee Member STEPHANIE TAN Executive Committee Member Out of gallery HOW WE OPERATE The National Executive includes the National President Molina Asthana, National Vice-President Matt Floro, National Secretary Mary Liu and the National Treasurer Ivonne Muryadi, and also includes the President and Secretary of each Branch. Further, the National Executive holds five seats for Executive Committee Members. These five seats are open to all Members of AALA and their role is to assist with the daily leadership and administrative responsibilities of the National Executive. The National Executive is elected for a one year term at each Annual General Meeting, usually held in late November. The National Executive meets every second month and these meetings are open to all Committee Members of each Branch to attend as observers. For more information in relation to AGMs and National Executive Meetings, please read our Constitution. WORK WITH US The National Executive is structured into various Portfolio Subcommittees. Each Subcommittee is convened by at least one member of the National Executive and operates to advance our Members' experience. To participate in a National Subcommittee, you must be a Member of AALA. For more information, email: info@aala.org.au 1. Branch Formation Portfolio Subcommittee The Branch Formation Portfolio Subcommittee works closely with external stakeholders to establish and nurture new Branches and work with existing Branches to strengthen Member and community engagement. The Subcommittee is convened by the National President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. 2. Marketing and Social Media Portfolio Subcommittee The Marketing and Social Media Portfolio Subcommittee is responsible for the 2021-2022 AALA brand refresh and works with the National Executive and each Branch to promote AALA in a consistent, clear and engaging manner. The Subcommittee Co-Convenors are Marija Gurlica and Stephanie Tan who work closely with Committee Members to maintain the website and provide digital and design training to ensure each Branch can operate creatively and independently. 3. Membership (Recruitment and Retention) Portfolio Subcommittee The Membership (Recruitment and Retention) Portfolio Subcommittee endeavours to learn about our Members by conducting regular analysis and surveys. By better understanding our Members, including demographics and interests, AALA can better serve our Membership. The Subcommittee Convenor is the National Treasurer. 4. Mentoring Program Portfolio Subcommittee The Mentoring Program Portfolio Subcommittee is a project-specific Subcommittee, and works to host the annual National Mentoring Program. The Subcommittee Co-Convenors are Alyssandria Lim and Tony Wu. For more on the National Mentoring Program, visit our National Programs page. 5. National Digital Events Series Portfolio Subcommittee The National Digital Events Series Portfolio Subcommittee is a project-specific Subcommittee, and works to facilitate the National Digital Events Series. The Subcommittee Co-Convenors are Johnny Nguyen and Sharlene Kuruppuarachchi. For more on the National Digital Events Series, visit our Events page. 6. National Summit Portfolio Subcommittee The National Summit Portfolio Subcommittee is a project-specific Subcommittee and works to host the annual National Cultural Diversity Summit. The Subcommittee Co-Convenors are the National President and Vice-President. For more on the National Summit, visit our National Programs page. 7. Partnerships and Sponsorship Portfolio Subcommittee The Partnerships and Sponsorship Portfolio Subcommittee is dedicated to improving the relationships AALA holds with the wider legal profession and community. The Subcommittee is responsible for reviewing and updating the AALA Partnerships and Sponsorships Prospectus and works closely with each Branch to maintain and grow the AALA network. The Subcommittee Co-Convenors are Kelvin Ng and Dominique Yap. For more information, visit our Partners and Sponsors page. 8. Secretariat and Governance Subcommittee The Secretariat and Governance Subcommittee is responsible for the formation of the AALA policies and procedures and the maintenance and enhancement of AALA's corporate governance. The Subcommittee works closely with each Branch to ensure that AALA remains a legitimate, progressive and transparent national association. The Subcommittee Convenor is the National Secretary. 9. Steering, Advocacy, Policy and News Media Portfolio Subcommittee The Steering, Advocacy, Policy and News Media Portfolio (SPAN) Subcommittee was established to ensure that AALA remains at the forefront of advocacy, collaborating with organisations and launching projects that directly aim to contribute to the AALA Founding Objectives. The SPAN Committee Co-Convenors are the National President and Vice-President. 10. Student Engagement Portfolio Subcommittee The Student Engagement Portfolio Subcommittee was especially established to focus on students. AALA recognises the role it plays to nurture young leaders and advocates and continues to work with universities and student bodies to strengthen the discourse promoting cultural diversity and intersectionality. The Subcommittee Convenor is William Zhou. 11. William Ah Ket Scholarship Subcommittee The William Ah Ket Scholarship Subcommittee is a project-specific Subcommittee, and works to host the annual William Ah Ket Scholarship competition and event. The Subcommittee Co-Convenors are Jenny Si and William Lye OAM QC. For more information, visit our National Programs page. < BACK TO ALL BRANCHES

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