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New partnership supports cultural diversity

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Cite as: December 2015 89 (12) LIJ, p.12

A new partnership between the LIV and the Australia Asia Lawyers Association (AALA) recognises the LIV’s long tradition of supporting cultural diversity among its members, LIV CEO Nerida Wallace said. The partnership also demonstrates how the practice of law across Australia is moving to meet new and exciting opportunities presented by closer engagement with its Asian constituents, she said.

The LIV and AALA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations that will provide both with in-kind support and benefits. The MOU identifies the AALA as a special interest law association with the support of the LIV.

The AALA is a professional networking and advocacy group focusing on the growing number of Asian Australian lawyers in the profession, as well as other lawyers with an interest in Asia. It has members from more than 10 countries in Asia, who speak almost 20 different Asian languages and dialects.

AALA president Reynah Tang, who was LIV president in 2013, said that the LIV played an important role in setting up the AALA at a time when the issue of cultural diversity was not receiving much attention elsewhere in the legal profession.

The partnership will provide the AALA with the resources and moral support to help drive change in this area, Mr Tang said. “We look forward to the continuing close involvement between our two organisations.”

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