Regional Events Archive
Trivia Night for Orana Women’s Health Centre, 11 December 2015
Young Lawyers Regional Delegate, Jenna Lincoln and committee member Louisa McKimm of the St George Sutherland Regional Law Society organised a trivia night to raise funds for a local charity organisation, Orana Women’s Health Centre. Orana is a non-profit, non-government organisation that relies solely on donations to provide invaluable services to women in the St George Sutherland area. It was Orana’s work with domestic violence victims that inspired Jenna and Louisa to raise funds for them. Orana prides itself as a domestic violence specialist centre but struggles to fund a domestic violence counsellor for one day a week. Orana require $20,000 to help them fund such a counsellor for an entire year so Jenna and Louisa set out to raise funds for this purpose.
The night was attended by members of the regional law society, including young lawyers and more experienced practitioners as well as friends and family of members. As a result of the generous donations of those who attended and local businesses, the girls were able to raise $8,868.20. These funds will go a long way to help reduce the financial burden on Orana and allow them to continue to help domestic violence victims to ensure that they do no become another statistic of a women who dies at the hands of their perpetrator.
Sponsors of the event consisted of a number of local businesses and law firms including Around in June, Berkeleouw Books, Bianchini’s, Caltex, Chasing Willow, Clearskincare Clinic, Corbett Jessop Law, Cronulla Breeze, Cronulla RSL, Cronulla Sharks, Elite PT, Essenze Chocolates, Family Law Matters, Gelato Messina, HAM, Indigo Wines, Loaf Sandwiches, MCW Law, Peterson’s Wines, ReEvolve Fitness, Sealevel Restaurant, The Health Depot, The Little Book Shop, White Horse Coffee, WMD Law, Woolworths and Fingertipz.
NSWYL and Coffs Clarence RLS Joint Networking Event, 27 November 2015
The NSWYL and Coffs Clarence RLS Joint Networking Event was held on Friday 27 November. The event was built on the success of the previous introductory networking event, and assisted young lawyers in the region to build and strengthen relationships with one another. This opportunity was also used to inform attendees of the work of NSW Young Lawyers to assist in combating the isolation felt by many young lawyers in the region.
The event was a big success, with new attendees and lively discussion on issues such as employment prospects in our region, fair performance assessment, managing conflict with other practitioners, and work/life balance. Young lawyers in the region were also encouraged to take up membership of the Clarence River and Coffs Harbour Regional Law Society.
Clarence River and Coffs Harbour Young Lawyers Networking Event, 11 September 2015
Young Lawyers in the Clarence River and Coffs Harbour region met for a networking event on 11 September. The event was the first time most of the young lawyers had met face-to-face, which was very positive. Attendees discussed the challenges of being a young lawyer in a regional area and how those challenges might be met. The event was sponsored by the Clarence River and Coffs Harbour Regional Law Society and NSW Young Lawyers.
Central Coast Networking Event, 8 May 2015
On the evening of Friday 8 May 2015, a number of young lawyers, 'young at heart' local practitioners, and law students attended the first networking event on the Central Coast for the year at the local Elanora Hotel, East Gosford. The event was jointly funded by both the NSW Young Lawyers and Central Coast Law Society, with approximately 35 people in attendance, including Sally Davies, Chair of the Bushweb Regional Issues Committee. Melissa Marshall, the newly appointed Regional Delegate for the Central Coast, introduced herself, and there were some short informalities to thank everyone for attending the event, as well as to thank the outgoing Regional Delegate Alice Osborne for representing the region and the young lawyers from the Central Coast area. There were many young lawyers and local practitioners who spoke with Melissa during and after the event indicating that they hoped there would be further events throughout the year, so as to network with other young practitioners on the Central Coast from a variety of fields within the law profession.
Melissa is hopeful that with the continued support of the NSW Young Lawyers and the Central Coast Law Society there will be more networking opportunities, and a CLE event open for all practitioners later in the year.
Mid North Coast Young Lawyers Networking Night, 22 April 2015
On 22 April 2015 a networking night was held at The Fig Bar in Port Macquarie for young lawyers from the mid north coast. The event was jointly funded by NSW Young Lawyers and the Mid North Coast Law Society. With 18 attendees, this was the first ever event for young lawyers on the mid north coast, and will no doubt serve as a platform for many great events in the future. It was a fun night of networking, and an excellent opportunity to welcome the many young lawyers who have moved to the mid north coast in recent months. There was lots of enthusiasm from the group about future young lawyers events in the region, including CLE opportunities and more social events.
Macarthur NSW Young Lawyers Drinks, 26 September 2014
On 26 September 2014, New South Wales Young Lawyers, in conjunction with the Macarthur Law Society, held a social event at Camden Hotel for the Young Lawyers of Macarthur. The event was the first of its kind for Young Lawyers in the area and was the initial step towards building an engaged regional body for the Young Lawyers of Macarthur.
The event attracted a diverse and remarkable crowd of talented Young Lawyers from the Macarthur area. The topic of conversation was collegiality and included the sharing of an assorted array of advice from appearing before the Local Magistrate to dealing with unrepresented litigants.
The mood of the night was an exciting blend of networking, shared experiences and an enjoyable amount of legal discourse. The general consensus from those who attended was that the night was a success and should become a regular occurrence to build the Young Lawyers community in Macarthur and encourage engagement and future attendance at Young Lawyers events.