President’s Report – November
Voting will soon open to elect the Law Society’s Council for 2017. Ballot papers will be transmitted electronically by CorpVote Pty Ltd; an independent company which specialises in the planning, management and delivery of secure, independent ballots and elections for all types of organisations.
Eligible members will receive ballot papers, together with instructions on how to vote, on Tuesday, 8 November 2016. Voting closes on Tuesday, 22 November 2016.
In this edition of Brief you will find information about who has been elected unopposed to the position of President and the two Vice President positions and nominated for a position on the Law Society’s Council.
I encourage you to make your voice heard and cast your vote to decide who will make up the Law Society’s Council in 2017. The Council has a vital role in setting the strategic direction for the Law Society and ensuring it maintains a high value membership and organisational excellence for its members.
LAW SOCIETY RESPONSE TO REVIEW OF WOMEN LAWYERS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC. 20TH ANNIVERSARY REVIEW OF THE 1994 REPORT OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE’S TASKFORCE ON GENDER BIAS
In September 2014, Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc. released its 20th Anniversary Review of the 1994 Report of the Chief Justice’s Taskforce on Gender Bias (known as the 2014 Gender Bias Review Report or GBRR). Chapter 2 of the GBRR deals with ‘Career Paths for Women in the Legal Profession’. It contains a total of 42 recommendations. The Society has completed a review of the GBRR and will be made available on the Society’s website shortly.
I was delighted to attend the final Society Club of the year on the evening of Thursday, 20 October 2016. Society Club is the Law Society’s regular social and networking event, which members can attend free of charge.
October’s Society Club was the first to be held at The Western Australian Club, situated at 12 St Georges Terrace, Perth. The venue offered guests magnificent, sweeping views of the Central Business District, Swan River, Kings Park and beyond.
Attendees enjoyed a pleasant evening of refreshments and canapés while catching up with colleagues and friends, as well as making new connections and broadening their networks within the legal profession.
Society Club was hosted by the Law Society’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee, which was formed with the purpose of encouraging, supporting and advancing Aboriginal lawyers, law graduates and law students, as well as providing advice to Council about issues of importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples which in turn aids the Council in setting policy, encouraging or responding to law reform, and engaging with the wider community about these issues. Attendees heard about the important work of the Committee from its Convenor, Krista McMeeken.
Thank you to our sponsors Profile Legal Recruitment and Leap Legal Software. Three lucky winners were thrilled to take home some great door prizes provided by Profile Legal Recruitment, Leap Legal Software and The Western Australian Club.
The Western Australian Club has recently become a member privilege partner of the Law Society and this Society Club event was an excellent way to begin the partnership. This means that Law Society members now have the privilege of having their WA Club nomination fee waived, upon application for membership. You can find out more by visiting lawsocietywa.asn.au/member-privileges.
END OF YEAR CELEBRATION
Registrations are now open for the Law Society’s End of Year Celebration. As the year draws to a close and with the holiday season about to start, celebrate with us in an intimate garden setting on Wednesday, 7 December 2016 from 5.30pm.
Lamont’s Bishops House will provide the perfect backdrop to an evening of refreshments, delicious canapés and relaxed conversation.
Entertainment will be provided by talented West Australian musicians and fantastic door prizes are on offer, courtesy of our sponsors.
Join friends and colleagues at the Law Society’s final event for 2016. Don’t miss out – book online now at lawsocietywa.asn.au/event/end-year-celebration/.
LAW SOCIETY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Law Society’s Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 at the offices of Herbert Smith Freehills, Level 36, QV1 Building, 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth.
Susan Fielding, the Hon Kevin Parker AC RFD QC and Chris Zelestis QC were nominated and approved for Life Membership of the Society at the Annual General Meeting.
Copies of the Annual Report and Audited Financial statements are available on the Law Society’s website.
CHIEF JUSTICE’S LAW WEEK YOUTH APPEAL TRUST – DONATION TO HOLYOAKE
Members will recall that Holyoake, a leading provider of drug and alcohol counselling services, was chosen as the recipient for funds raised at last month’s Gala Dinner, hosted by the Law Society and the Western Australian Bar Association.
Attendees at the Gala Dinner were incredibly generous in their support of a silent auction for the Chief Justice’s Law Week Youth Appeal Trust. Through the Trust, $15,000 was donated to Holyoake.
I was delighted to present a cheque to Angie Paskevicius, Chief Executive Officer of Holyoake, before October’s meeting of the Law Society’s Council.
The donation from the Trust will assist Holyoake in continuing its outstanding work to support young people to engage in education, employment and the community.