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AALA Cultural Diversity in the Legal Profession Talk

  • 31 Mar 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom

The modern professional world has developed an increasingly significant interest in cultural diversity and the legal industry is no exception. As more lawyers from overseas and diverse backgrounds look to practice in Australia, firms are beginning to see the value in leveraging that pool of knowledge and experience to further enrich the workplace both for their clients and employees.

This online session will introduce our group of experienced panellists Andrew Chew (Corrs Chambers Westgarth), Joy Chen (Clayton Utz), Sina Kassra (Piper Alderman) and Kai Nash (King and Wood Mallesons) who will speak on their experiences and opinions on the modern law firm’s commitments to cultural diversity, from the hiring process to firm-wide initiatives to upper-level management. In particular, discussion will address issues that are most of interest to students, graduates and young lawyers including the significance and impacts of cultural diversity, experiences with discrimination in the workplace, and initiatives targeted towards developing diversity.

Style of Event: Panel, two MCs (James Yuan and Chelsea Wu) with 4 speakers (Andrew Chew, Joy Chen, Sina Kassra, Kai Nash), Panel discussion (40 minutes) + Q&A (20 minutes)
Pricing: Free of charge

Date: 31st of March  6:00 pm- 7:00 pm AEDT

Venue: Zoom Link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89532105804?pwd=c1NocWFXZEh2TmVrd05jRFlXbTEwQT09 

Sina Kassra (LLB, BA (Psych), MBA)

Partner (Piper Alderman, Corporate)

Sina assists clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters with particular focus on equity capital markets (from startup to IPO), mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and compliance (with a focus on advising on ASX Listing Rules issues), as well as the drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements generally.

Andrew Chew

Partner (Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Project)

Andrew has wide ranging experience across various infrastructure fields, including PPPs, transport, hospitals and property development. He has established an excellent reputation in major projects, with his insightful legal knowledge and expert project management.

As a qualified engineer, Andrew infuses his legal advice with a highly unique perspective for his clients. This invaluable skill has benefited his work on a number of Australia's most significant transport, mining, energy and water infrastructure projects, as well as public and social housing facilities.

Andrew is a member of the Corrs Cultural Diversity Committee.

Joy Chen

Lawyer (Clayton Utz, Commercial Litigation)

Joy is a lawyer in the Commercial Litigation practice group at Clayton Utz. Previously, as a graduate, she rotated through the Financial Services Regulatory and Environment and Planning groups. She has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts and Business (International Relations) from UNSW, and the highlights of her university experience were the overseas programs in England, France and China. In her spare time, she enjoys writing novels and bouldering.

Kai Nash

Solicitor (King & Wood Mallesons, Technology Law)

Kai is a solicitor in the Tech Law team at King & Wood Mallesons.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business from QUT in 2017.  His practice covers tech transactions as well as general corporate and commercial transactions.  He also regularly advises clients on technology and data-related issues including AI and other emerging technologies.  Kai is a first generation Australian with a mix of family migrating to Australia from Asia, the UK and the Middle East.  He is passionate about engaging with a range of diversity initiatives both at his firm and outside KWM more broadly. 

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