National Conference 2016





The Australian Women Lawyers (AWL) 6th National Conference ‘AWL 2016’ was hosted in Perth from the 8– 10 April 2016 at the Crown Perth.

Conference Website

6th National AWL Conference - Perth WA 

Conference Photographs

Welcome Reception

Conference Programme

Gala Dinner

Conference Speeches

Attorney General, The Hon. Michael Mischin MLC - Conference Opening

The Honourable Diana Bryant AO - Keynote Speaker

Conference Presentations

Professor Rosalind Croucher - Resilience

Rosalind Croucher - The Seven Ages of Woman

David Caruso - NARS / Diversity / Inclusion update

Jane Needham SC - NARS / Diversity / Inclusion update

Kate Galloway - Driving Cultural Change

Kylie Hillard - Current Issues in Domestic Violence

Conference Sponsors

Gold Partner - Foley's List

Gala Dinner Sponsor - WA Bar Association

Welcome Reception Sponsor - DLA Piper

Key note Session Sponsor - SA Bar Association

Session Sponsor  (NARS) - NSW Bar Association

Session Sponsor (Resilience) - The College of Law

Morning Tea Sponsor - The University of Notre Dame

Satchel Sponsor - Foley's List

AWL Award Sponsor - Gordon and Jackson

Satchel Insert Sponsor - Griffith University Law School

Satchel Insert Sponsor - Scales/Thomson Reuters

Conference Supporter - Perth Convention Bureau/ Tourism Western Australia

Conference Speakers

Welcome Reception

The Hon Justice Siopis -Federal Court of Australia

The Hon Justice Carmel McClure -President of the Court of Appeal Supreme Court of Western Australia  

Conference Programme

  • The Hon. Michael Mischin MLC - Office of the Attorney General & Minister for Commerce (WA)
  • Ms Elspeth Hensler - President, Australian Women Lawyers
  • The Hon. Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO - Chief Justice, Family Court of Australia
  • Helen Cook -Deputy Chair, Fremantle Ports
  • Kate Galloway - Senior Lecturer in Law, James Cook University
  • Fiona McLeod SC -Senior Counsel, Victorian Bar (Chair)
  • Professor Stephen Smith - Former Minister for Defence and former Foreign Minister
  • Professor Rosalind Croucher AM - President, Australian Law Reform Commission
  • Ms Ann-Maree David -Executive Director, College of Law Queensland (Chair)
  • Mrs Elizabeth Heenan - Special Counsel, Culshaw Miller Lawyers
  • Jennifer Batrouney QC - Queens Counsel, Douglas Menzies Chambers
  • Ms Suzanne Kirton -Barrister, Gordon and Jackson (Chair)
  • Kirsten Adams -VWL Immediate Past Convenor, Victorian Women's Lawyers
  • Dr Juliet Behrens -Senior Associate, DDCS Lawyers
  • David Caruso - President Law Society of South Australia (LSSA)
  • Ms Catherine Fletcher -DPP (WA)
  • Miss Bronwyn Haack - Barrister, William Forster Chambers
  • Cassandra Heilbronn -Senior Associate, Minter Ellison
  • Mrs Caroline Kirton QC -Queens Counsel Victorian Bar (Chair)
  • Ms Jane Needham SC -Senior Counsel, NSW Bar
  • Ms Emma Peppler - Convenor, Victorian Women Barristers Association
  • Melissa Castan - Deputy Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law (Chair)
  • Miss Kelsi Forrest - Law student, The University of Western Australia
  • Professor Colleen Hayward AM -Edith Cowan University
  • Donna Chung -Professor, Curtin University
  • Ms Kylie Hillard -Chair Of National Advocacy, Soroptimist International Australia
  • Ms Leah Marrone - Legal Services Commission (Chair)
  • Senator Linda Reynolds - Liberal Senator for WA

Gala Dinner

    Sentor Penny Wong


File DescriptionDownload File
Conference Opening - Hon. Michael Mischin MLC Hon._Michael_Mischin_MLC-_AWL_2016_Opening_Address.pdf (74 KB, pdf)
Keynote Speech - The Honourable Diana Bryant AO Diana_Bryant_-_AWL2016_Keynote_Speech.pdf (408 KB, pdf)
Professor Rosalind Croucher - Resilience Rosalind_Croucher_-_AWL2016_Resilience_Recipes.pdf (267 KB, pdf)
Rosalind Croucher - The Seven Ages of Woman Roslaind_Croucher_-_AWL2016_The_Seven_Ages_of_Woman.pdf (222 KB, pdf)
David Caruso - NARS / Diversity / Inclusion update David_Caruso_-_AWL2016_LSSA_Diversity_and_Inclusion_Initiatives.pdf (585 KB, pdf)
Jane Needham SC - NARS / Dirversity / Inclusion update Jane_Needham_SC_-_AWL2016_NSW_Bar_Diversity_and_Inclusion_Initatives.pdf (0 Bytes, pdf)
Kylie Hillard - Current Issues in Domestic Violence Kylie_Hillard_-AWL2016_Metadata_Legislation_and_Impact_on_Domestic_Violence.pdf (968 KB, pdf)