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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

WLSWA Sexual Offence Reforms

17 April 2023 News

WLSWA Sexual Offence Reforms Apr 23

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Reform of WA Sexual Offence Laws – Key Learnings from other States and Territories – Meeting Recording

3 April 2023 News

To coincide with prospective changes to Western Australia’s sexual offence laws, WLSWA co-hosted WA Sexual Offence Laws: Key Learnings from other States and Territories, with the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing. We had presenters from around Australia who talked to their respective experiences of participating in processes to modernise sexual offence laws and improve victim-survivor’s access to justice. Nadia …

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