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Our Patron and Life Members

Life Membership is the highest award offered by WLSWA, recognising the remarkable contribution of individuals to the purpose and values of the organisation. These members include:

Antoinette Kennedy AO

Antoinette Kennedy AO was appointed WLSWA Patron in 2010. Antoinette is one of the most exceptional women to have been a member of Western Australia’s legal profession and is acknowledged for her mentoring work within the community. When she became a lawyer, there were only five other women practising in WA. She was the first woman appointed as a judge in 1985 and the first woman appointed as Chief Judge of the District Court of WA in 2004.

Linda Savage

Linda Savage is a lawyer and former Member of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Western Australia. Throughout her working life, Linda has had a strong focus on law reform, social justice and the rights of women and children. She was previously a Director of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and more recently employed to develop the Valuing Children Initiative.

Nicoletta Ciffolilli

Nicoletta Ciffolilli is also a lawyer, and has been a mediator since 1993, and currently the Director of Solutions for Conflict. Nicoletta has extensive experience in conducting grievance, misconduct and breach of standards investigations. She was Instructing Solicitor for the King Edward Memorial Hospital Inquiry. She is currently a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Mairead McCoy

Known for her significant work in advocacy, training and volunteering in the disability sector, Mairead has developed and worked in early intervention programs for young people. Mairead is now retired.

Marnie Williams

Marnie Williams is a solicitor for Aboriginal Family Law Services and the Kalgoorlie Regional Representative for WA Family Law Planning Network. Prior to becoming a lawyer she worked as a trauma counsellor with culturally diverse people, including people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

The latest news & insights

The 32nd Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March

29 November 2022 News

Today the WLSWA team joined the 32nd Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March and Rally, the longest running FDV march in Australia. We were proud to partner with Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing to organise this event. Powerful speeches from Dr Ann O’Neill and Alison Gibson were courageous reminders of the lived realities of women and children who are killed by …

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Tania Cecconi Chair of WLSWA Board

21 November 2022 News

Women’s Legal Service is excited to announce the appointment of Tania Cecconi as Chair of the WSLWA Board. Tania brings a wealth of experience, insights and ideas to this role. She has worked across the public and not for profit sectors, specialising in education, training and employment. She is motivated by improving the workforce participation of vulnerable groups in society, …

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