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15 Bobber for the Hon Justice D J Hammerschlag

Mon Feb 26 2007

A 15 Bobber will be held in the Bar Common Room on Thursday, 1 March 2007 to celebrate the appointment of David Hammerschlag as a judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

VENUE: Bar Common Room

DATE: Thursday, 1 March 2007

TIME: 5:00pm, Speeches at 5:30pm

SPEAKER: Justin Gleeson SC

Download a registration form

**P A Selth Executive Director

27 February 2007 **

Part-time employment opportunities wanted for Indigenous law students

Thu Feb 22 2007

As part of the Bar Association's Indigenous Barristers Strategy, all barristers, clerks and chambers are encouraged to identify part-time employment opportunities for Indigenous law students. Ideally, this would be for a day or half day a week on a regular basis doing loose-leaf filing, administrative or clerical tasks or research and include some mentoring and guidance for the student.

This initiative has been highly successful for a number of Indigenous law students and needs the ongoing support of the Bar to ensure its continued success. Contact with the Bar as well as some financial security significantly contributes to the success of the student at their law studies. There are a number of students currently looking for an opportunity.

Please contact Chris Ronalds SC on ronalds@fjc.net.au or 9229 7378 if you are able to assist.

P A Selth Executive Director

22 February 2007

Appointments to the District Court of New South Wales

Wed Feb 14 2007

Mr Robert Stephen Toner SC and Ms Leonie Flannery SC have been appointed as judges of the District Court of New South Wales.

Ms Leonie Flannery SC has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales, effective 20 March 2007.

Mr Robert Stephen Toner SC has been appointed as a judge of the District Court of New South Wales, effective 16 April 2007.

Details of swearing-in ceremonies will be announced closer to the date.

P A Selth

14 February 2007

Swearing out ceremony for the Hon Justice Bignold

Mon Feb 12 2007

The Hon Justice N R Bignold will be sworn out as a judge of the Land and Environment Court at 9.30am on Tuesday, 13 March 2007 in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Members of the legal profession and of the public are invited by the chief judge to attend. Full ceremonial robes will be worn without wigs.

**P A Selth

12 February 2007**

Funeral service for Russell Francis Wilkins

Mon Feb 12 2007

A funeral service will be held for the late Russell Francis Wilkins at St James Anglican Church, King Street, Sydney on Thursday, 15 February 2007 at 3.30pm.

In lieu of flowers, all donations should be sent to:

The Archbishop’s Drought Relief Appeal PO Box 1416 **Parramatta **NSW 2124 or via ph:1800 653 903.

**P A Selth

12 February 2007**

Retirement of the Hon Justice Bryson

Fri Feb 09 2007

The Hon Justice Bryson is to retire as a judge of appeal of the Supreme Court. A formal ceremony will be held in the Banco Court at 9.30am on Wednesday, 28 February 2007.

P A Selth

9 February 2007

Bar Cricket

Thu Feb 08 2007

The NSW Bar cricket team will play the Qld Bar in Brisbane on the weekend of 24/25 March 2007 for the Callinan Trophy. Any interested players should contact Lachlan Gyles ( gyles@tenthfloor.org or ph: (02) 9232 8616)

13 February 2007

Vale Russell Francis Wilkins

Thu Feb 08 2007

Russell Francis Wilkins of Henry Parkes Chambers died today, Thursday, 8 February 2007.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when available.

P A Selth

8 February 2007

'A Fair Go For Injured People' TV campaign is underway

Mon Feb 05 2007

In September last year the New South Wales Bar Association, the Law Society of New South Wales, the Law Council of Australia and Australian Lawyers Alliance launched a joint public information campaign entitled 'A Fair Go For Injured People'. Our participation is for seriously injured people who are now unable to claim just and fair compensation for pain, suffering and permanent disabilities. Today marks a significant stage in the escalation of that campaign in the lead up to the state election.

The peak legal organisations have arranged for the production of aTV commercial, which will be aired by Prime Television. By the time you read this circular, the ads will have begun airing across New South Wales. The campaign will continue up to the election with radio and television coverage in select parts of the state.

It is unprecedented for the Bar Association to be actively engaged in airing advertisements on commercial TV. Sadly, such a move is necessary. It is important to note that neither the Bar, the Law Society nor other bodies will be campaigning for or against any political party. The purpose of the campaign is to create public awareness of a policy issue which is important for all people in New South Wales.

The then New South Wales Government first made drastic changes to motor accidents and workers compensation personal injury laws in 1999 and 2001. With the objective of reducing of the number of so-called 'minor' claims the government introduced harsh whole person impairment threshold tests to make it more difficult to receive compensation for injuries on our roads and in our workplaces. The campaign will ask the politicians of all major parties to take a policy position which will restore consistency and fairness to injury compensation laws in this state.

Members may view or download a copy of the commercial by clicking on this link. You may wish to forward this e-mail to other interested parties.

Michael Slattery QC

President

06 February 2007

Maurice Byers Address

Fri Feb 02 2007

The 2007 Sir Maurice Byers Address will be delivered by the Hon Justice J D Heydon AC on Thursday, 3 May 2007 in the Bar Association Common Room.

P A Selth 2 February 2007

Bench & Bar Dinner 2007

Fri Feb 02 2007

The Bench & Bar Dinner will be held on Friday, 11 May 2007 at the Hilton Hotel. The guest of honour will be the Hon Michael McHugh AC QC. Invitation and registration brochures will be distributed closer to the date.

P A Selth 2 February 2007

Appointments to the Local Court of New South Wales

Fri Feb 02 2007

Mark Richardson and Robert William will be sworn in as magistrates of the New South Wales Local Court at a full bench ceremony on Monday, 5 March 2007 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre.

P A Selth **12 February 2007**