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Portia - VWL’s year in review

Victorian Women Lawyers has published Portia 2014. You can find Portia 2014 at www.vwl.asn.au.

As well as reporting on events through the year and the committees' work, it includes a number of interesting articles on topics such as, the portrayal of women in the 21st century, a letter to a Yr 12 student, using social media to help victims of sexual assault, and Lady Justice. Portia 2014 also features the artwork of Margot Westhorpe.

Good reading.

WLWA release executive summary of Gender Bias research

Women Lawyers of WA has released an executive summary of the 20th Anniversary Review - Gender Bias in the Law. The executive summary highlights some of the most important recomendations made in the report to combat gender bias and improve access to justice. WLWA commends the recomendations and encourages us all to start implementing change.

To read the executive summary and WLWA's media release, click here: www.wlwa.asn.au/publications/latest-news-from-wlwa/828-release-of-executive-summary-for-gender-bias-taskforce-report-in-time-for-international-women-sday-2015.html.

Trailblazing Women’s Project needs your help

The Trailblazing Women in the Law Project receives Australian Research Council funding to assist in the establishment of an online exhibition to showcase the many women who have blazed a trial into the legal profession. But, that funding does not cover all of the Project's costs. The Project asks that you assist also by making a tax deductible donation through the National Foundation of Women's website so that this research and the exhibition built on that research can proceed.

For more information, go to www.tbwl.esrc.unimelb.edu.au/2015/03/10/donate-now-support-a-permanent-record-of achievement-by-australian-trailblazing-women-lawyers.

What’s news in New South Wales

Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales recently launched its 2015 program, themed engagement, with a cocktail party that raised $1,500 for The Katrina Dawson Foundation. Recipient of the 2014 AWL Woman Lawyer Award, Professor Ros Croucher spoke at the cocktail function.

WLANSW's next function is a networking event for women in taxation and corporate law on 31 March 2015, with guest speaker the Hon Justice Jacqueline Gleeson of the Federal Court.

To keep up with what is happening in New South Wales, and to download a copy of Professor Croucher's speech, go to www.womenlawyersnsw.org.au.

Australian Volunteers International Development Program

The Australian Volunteers for International Development Program is an Australian Government initiative that currently has opportunities available that may be of interest to members. Those opportunities include such things as:

- Gender and Legal Expert with the Law and Policy Department of the Vietnam Women's Union in Hanoi for 18 months; and

- Compliance Program Development Adviser with the Yap State Environment Protection Agency in the Federated States of Micronesia for 18 months.

For more details, contact Ann Ray, Recruitment Consultant - Projects, Australian Volunteers International, ph 61 3 9279 1707 or 1800 331 392, email aray@australianvolunteers.com.