Upcoming Events

There's a lot of exciting events on the AWLA horizon, so mark your diaries and keep an eye out for more details.

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Open letter to the Law Society in relation to investigation by National Standards Committee

Following recent events AWLA would like to share the contents of a letter it has sent to the New Zealand Law Society.

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#TimesUp for the legal profession

The recent media focus on issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace has generated a lot of discussion amoung our members and within the AWLA Committee. It is an issue that has arisen across all industries worldwide, and law is no exception.
AWLA is passionately committed to supporting our members, and being a voice for change. In fact, our theme for the year, 'Agents of Change', is now even more pertinent. We wish to focus on the future and take steps that will help promote a culture that condemns inappropriate behaviour and supports women who have been on the receiving end of such behaviour.
AWLA's role is, and has always been, to provide support and opportunities for our members, and to advocate for women in the profession more generally by engaging with organisations like NZLS, ADLS and firms about issues that affect women in the profession. Sexual harassment is one of those issues.
As part of our role in supporting members, we would like to set up a network of women who would be willing to listen and provide support on a confidential basis to any woman who may have experienced inappropriate behaviour. We are currently working through some practical issues and drafting guidelines for this programme, but we would welcome volunteers who would be willing to become part of a panel to assist in this way. It would be wonderful to have a range of women with different levels of experience participate in this initiative. If you would be interested in this, please contact us.
We are also planning events for 2018 that address the issue, including:

- facilitating an event during the graduate recruitment period for law students from both Auckland University and
AUT to hear from each of the large firms (including Russell McVeagh) about their polices and culture around
gender diversity and harassment.

- a panel discussion event for later in the year addressing topics such as identifying inappropriate behaviour,
what steps can be taken to address it, and what learnings have been taken from the reported incidents.

In our advocacy role, we have had initial discussions with NZLS about the initiatives that they are taking and how we can assist with the work they are doing, and discussions with Russell McVeagh about the recent media coverage and the steps that Russell McVeagh have taken to encourage a 'speak out' culture and address gender diversity issues more generally.
We will also continue to support, and advocate for, greater gender diversity within all law firms, as that will help promote a culture that condemns sexual harassment and does not allow it to thrive.

Alicia Murray
AWLA President

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2018 Inaugural Breakfast Club

AWLA is proud to present it's first ever Breakfast Club event - if you feel like a pre-work get together with like-minded women, join us at 7:30am on Wednesday 27 March 2018 at The Lunchroom, 45 Queen Street.

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AWLA Statement

Over the past few days there has been significant media attention over incidents of sexual assault and harassment at Russell McVeagh that occurred two years ago. Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association condemns that type of behaviour as inappropriate and applauds the bravery of the young women involved in making complaints to the firm, their universities and to the police. It is important that within the legal profession, and across all industries, we continue to have discussions about these issues and effective and appropriate responses to allegations, to help create a culture that discourages and condemns this type of behaviour and is supportive of people who come forward

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President's Function 2018

A great way to start the AWLA calendar with the President's Function 2018.

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AWLA Networking and Mentoring Function 2018

An opportunity to find out how the AWLA Mentoring Programme can work for you!

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Miriam Dean's Leading Your Career Auckland Workshops 2018

We are pleased to advise that Miriam Dean’s Leading Your Career workshops are now available for registration. This year the workshops have been extended to include practitioners with 2+ years PQE as well as those for practitioners with 6+ years PQE. Places are limited and registrations fill quickly.

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NZ Women's Law Journal is Recruiting for 2018

​The New Zealand Women's Law Journal — Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine is looking for staff and content for the 2018 issue.

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2018 President's Function

On Tuesday, 27 February 2018 at 5.30pm at ADLSi's Rooftop Garden (2 Chancery St) we will host our annual President's Function to introduce our new President Alicia Murray and the rest of the AWLA Committee. Our guest speaker will be Justice Christine Gordon.

This event has now sold out.

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2017 AGM & Christmas Dinner

Thursday 23 November 2017 at the Northern Club

Come to either or come to both! The AGM commences at 5.30pm, then the Christmas Dinner function will commence with drinks from 6.00pm - with dinner to follow.

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Reporting on the Dame Silvia Cartwright Lecture 2017

AWLA held its annual Dame Silvia Cartwright lecture this year at the Northern Club on the 5th of September. The turnout was absolutely amazing, and this year's speaker, Chief Coronor Judge Deborah Marshall, gave a riveting talk.

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2017 AGM & Dinner - Save the date

The date for the AWLA 2017 AGM & Dinner is 23 November 2017 at the Northern Club.
Please save this date - more details to follow.

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AWLA Moot 2017

Do you want to improve your advocacy skills? Get some feedback from the experts? Or just find out whether litigation is a part of the law you might be interested in?

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AWLA Quiz Night 2017

Following the launch last year of the annual Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association (AWLA) Charity Quiz, this year's Quiz was another huge success!

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ADLS Leading Your Career Workshop

ADLS is organising another Leading Your Career Workshop in Auckland on the 13th of September following the success of its last event.

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Mooting Training Session - for AUT and UoA Students

Calling all Women Mooters: The Auckland Women Lawyers' Association is hosting a ‘how to moot’ seminar for female university students. The seminar will be a casual session with plenty of opportunity for Q&A, and we will hear from some incredible mooters

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AWLA Writing Prize 2017

AWLA Writing Prize 2017 - all undergraduate law students at the University of Auckland and Auckland Universiyt of Technology are eligible.

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Margaret Wilson Scholarship 2017

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY! Calling all Auckland Female Law Students.

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The Family and Whanau Violence Legislation Bill

The Family and Whanau Violence Legislation Bill passed its first reading on the 11th of April 2017.

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ADLSI's Leading Your Career Workshop

AWLA committee member Anna Parker recently attended the ADLSI “Leading your Career” workshop. The workshop was run by Miriam Dean QC and Andrea Thompson from Catapult.

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NZLS Unconscious Bias Seminar

AWLA committee member Anna Parker attended the free unconscious bias training run by the NZLS - a fantastic initiative which the AWLA fully supports.

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President's Speech March 2017

Full text of the speech delivered by Janna McGuigan, AWLA President, at the President's Function on 1 March 2017.

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Welcoming the New Zealand Women's Law Journal

We are excited about the newly-created New Zealand Women's Law Journal ("NZWLJ"). The NZWLJ is an academic journal aimed at publishing legal work relating to women's issues and the law.

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Recent Reports on the Gender Pay Gap in New Zealand, and the Equal Pay Amendment Bill

The start of the year has seen a flurry of activity in the pay equity discussion, with the release of the Ministry for Women and AUT's report entitled Empirical evidence of the gender pay gap in New Zealand, the release of a short report by the Ministry for Women and Statistics New Zealand on the effect of motherhood on pay, and the introduction of the Equal Pay Amendment Bill in Parliament.

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AWLA joins social media

AWLA is now on Facebook and LinkedIn.  To view photos from events, connect with other members, or to receive updates on things of interest to the AWLA community, become a member of our Facebook Group

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AWLA Careers Evening 2017

You are cordially invited to attend AWLA's Careers Evening on the 10th of May!

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Drinks & Nibbles - 28 March

You are invited to celebrate with us as we mark the launch of our new website, new president and some new fresh and enthusiastic faces on our committee.

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Reporting on the President's Function 2017

AWLA held its first formal event for the year, the President's Function, on the 1st of March 2017 at the ADLSi Rooftop Garden.

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President's Function 2017

AWLA cordially invites you to the President's Function being held on 1 March 2017 at the ADLSi Rooftop Garden.

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International Women's Day!

Ladies! Today is International Women's Day and in honour of this year's theme #BeBoldForChange read more for some ideas of what you can do to partake today

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2016 Annual General Meeting

The AWLA held its Annual General Meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 at the Northern Club.

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2016 Christmas Dinner

Our annual Christmas dinner was held on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 at the Northern Club.

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