AALA establishes NT branch
The Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) is delighted to announce that a Northern Territory Branch has been established, marking AALA as being a truly national organisation, with State and Territory Branches across Australia.
The AALA was established in 2013 with the goal of promoting cultural diversity in the legal profession through a range of advocacy, mentoring, networking and education initiatives.
The newly appointed inaugural committee for the NT Branch has been described by the National AALA President, Mr Kingsley Liu, as "...an amazing and dynamic team that is well positioned in the NT's barrister and lawyer network. They represent both public and private sectors in Darwin".
Inaugural President of the NT Branch, Ms Lyma Nguyen, stated, “Australia’s Asian heritage is an enormous asset to this nation – and cultural diversity in leadership needs to be a priority if we are to ensure multi-dimensional perspectives in positions of influence – particularly in the legal profession where that influence has most impact.” (Ms Nguyen is a Darwin-based barrister who was awarded the overall winner of the 40 under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian Leadership Awards for 2020.)
New members from the legal fraternity in the Northern Territory and supporters of AALA’s vision, alike, including students and academics are most welcome to join us at AALA, or to come along and contribute to our local and national talks, seminars and functions, the details of which will be published from time-to-time.
The constitutional purposes of AALA are:
- to bring together members of the legal profession of Asian heritage and cultural background and others with an interest in Asia;
- to provide a cohesive professional network to advocate for, and provide support to, our Members and to benefit from shared learning and experience;
- to improve the capability and reputation of the Members in the legal profession through raising public awareness and providing education;
- to develop links with Asian legal associations and facilitate and promote access for Members to Asian legal markets;
- to promote and facilitate Asian cultural diversity in the senior ranks of the legal profession;
- to promote a mutual understanding of Australian and Asian legal systems; and
- such other purposes as the Association, by General Meeting, may determine, as an independent, politically unaffiliated and religiously tolerant organisation.