Culturally Diverse Women in Law Panel


DWMA is pleased to invite you to the Culturally Diverse Women in Law Panel presented in collaboration with Lander & Rogers in Melbourne.


You will have the opportunity to hear from culturally diverse women who are different stages of their career about their experiences as culturally diverse women in the legal profession.  There are a limited number of places available for this event.  Registration closes on 6 December 2019.

Lunch is provided.

Due to a high volume of registrations, law student applications will be prioritised.  You will receive confirmation regarding your application shortly after registration closes on 6 December.

Panellist profiles:

My Anh Tran

Judicial Registrar, County Court of Victoria

Judicial Registrar My Anh Tran was appointed as a Judicial Registrar of the Commercial Division of the County Court in May 2015. She was initially appointed pursuant to a unique job share arrangement with Judicial Registrar Sharon Burchell. Together, JRs Tran and Burchell are principally responsible for the case management of over 2000 proceedings in the Commercial Division and also conduct judicial mediations and continuously review and reform Commercial Division procedures.  JR Tran graduated with First Class Honours in Law from the University of Melbourne and also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University. She worked for 12 months as a Legal Researcher at the Victorian Court of Appeal and then completed her articles at Freehills. She was admitted to practice as a lawyer in May 2001. Ms Tran practised at the Victorian Bar from 2002 to 2008, and from 2014. Her practice as a barrister was principally in commercial and administrative law.

Shivani Pillai


Shivani practices predominantly in criminal law as both Defence and Prosecuting Counsel. She also specialises in intervention orders. She is a dedicated advocate who regularly appears in criminal trials and pleas. She also appears in the Magistrates' court in matters ranging from diversion orders to contested committals.  Her criminal practice includes crimes family violence, crimes compensation, road safety offences, occupational health and safety (Victorian Work Cover Authority/Work Safe), Consumer Affairs, fraud, crimes mental impairment and murder. She has a broad criminal law practice, however, she has appeared in VCAT and quasi-criminal matters and has an interest in planning and environmental matters.  She has appeared in the Federal Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court and Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Lisa Newcombe

Partner, Lander & Rogers


Lisa is an insurance litigator with expertise in medical malpractice, personal injury, life insurance, Royal Commissions and other inquiries.  Lisa leads the firm’s Health team and is known for her expertise in complex litigated claims across a wide range of insurance lines. She is a passionate supporter of the firm's pro bono practice, working mainly with the Human Rights Legal Centre.

Lisa is highly regarded by clients for her calm, strategic approach to managing complex and often highly sensitive legal problems; skills she has developed over 20 years as a partner.  For many years Lisa’s expertise in litigation, insurance and medical negligence has been recognised by Best Lawyers in Australia. She is also recognised in Doyle's Guide and Chambers Guide to Leading Asia- Pacific Lawyers.

Awar Kuol

Lawyer, Lander & Rogers

Awar is a lawyer in the Family and Relationship Law group.  She has experience in child support and spousal maintenance matters; parenting arrangements for the care of children (including alternative dispute resolution, private mediation and litigation); property settlement; splitting of superannuation; de facto and matrimonial property matters in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia; divorce applications; and family violence intervention orders.

Jane Le

Graduate Lawyer, Lander & Rogers

Jane is currently a graduate lawyer at Lander & Rogers.

She has worked as a Liaison Officer at Heidelberg Magistrates' Court and as a Coordinator of Volunteers at

Darebin Community Legal Centre. Jane has also volunteered at Refugee Legal Centres, and joined in 2018 as an administration assistant in our Family & Relationship Law group.

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