The AGM of the Irish Women Lawyers Association elected the new committee for the 2020/2021 session-
Chair Maeve Delargy
Vice-Chair Aoife McNicholl
Secretary Ciara Hanley
PRO Jane McGowan BL
Committee members Rosemarie Hayden, Anne Conlon BL, Aisling Mulligan BL, Catherine O’Sullivan, Cliona Kimber SC, Audrey Byrne, Fiona McNulty, Sylvia Julius, Linda Ni Chualladh
The winner and runners up of the IWLA Covid19 Article competition were announced. Following this Her Excellency, Frau Deike Potzel spoke to us about “A Woman’s life in Diplomacy”. Born in East Berlin in 1968, Ambassador Deike Potzel joined the German Foreign Office after reunification of Germany in 1993. She was posted to Singapore and later Tehran (Iran) heading the cultural/press/protocol sections of the embassies. She later worked on the Iran desk in Berlin, followed by roles in HR, heading the Office of Federal President Gauck and later serving as Deputy Director General for Central Services/HR in the German Foreign Ministry before coming to Ireland on her first ambassadorial posting in November 2017. Ambassador Potzel is married with two grown-up children.