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Speeches from the Australian Legal Convention

Tue Mar 27 2007

I draw to members attention two speeches given last weekend at the 35th Australian Legal Convention. The first is the State of the Judicature address given by the Hon Justice A M Gleeson AC, Chief Justice of Australia.

This address is given biennially by the Chief Justice of Australia. Sir Garfield Barwick gave the first State of Judicature address in 1977. The address always commands our attention. This year’s address is the last to be given by Chief Justice Gleeson, who retires in August next year.

The second address entitled “Access to Justice and Access to Lawyers” was given by the Hon J J Spigelman AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales. The address draws on scenes from classical antiquity and Elizabethan times to give a fresh perspective on the law and lawyers in popular culture.

Members may also access the other speeches at the convention, which include "The State of The Profession" by Tim Bugg, the President of the Law Council of Australia and "Law and Government" by Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock.

Michael Slattery QC

President

@theLCA

Fri Mar 23 2007

Download and view the Law Council of Australia's periodic electronic bulletin. This bulletin is designed to provide timely information to lawyers about issues of national importance.

March 2007 is now available.

P A Selth

23 March 2007

Bernie Coles QC elected the new treasurer of the Bar Association

Thu Mar 22 2007

At a meeting of Bar Council on 21 March 2007 Bob Toner SC resigned as treasurer of the Bar Association , and as a member of the Bar Council. Toner SC will take up his appointment as a judge of the District Court on Monday 16 April.

Bernie Coles QC was elected the new treasurer .

Pursuant to cl. 12.5.1. of the Bar Association Constitution, Elizabeth Olsson SC has replaced Toner SC as a member of the Bar Council.

**P A Selth

22 March 2007**

NSW Women Lawyers Awards

Thu Mar 22 2007

Members are invited to a major Law Week event, a free cocktail function to celebrate the launch of the NSW Women Lawyers Awards 2007. The distinguished speakers for the evening will share their insights into the importance of recognising the achievements of outstanding women in the law. Come and hear about the awards and how to nominate an outstanding woman lawyer for the awards.

Details:

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday 29 March 2007**Law Society Building, 170 Phillip St, SydneyAttendance is FREE Speakers: Geoff Dunlevy, president of the Law Society of NSWMichael Slattery QC, president of the Bar Association of NSWIan Knight, crown solicitor, for the Attorney-General's Department of NSWAnna McPhee, director of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency

**Download a registration form for the evening is attached. Bookings are essential for catering purposes. Please contact Kathryn McKenzie, Executive Officer, on Ph:(02) 4392 1185, Fax:(02) 4392 9410, Email: executive@womenlawyersnsw.org.au, for registration and enquiries.

2007 Bench & Bar Dinner invitation

Thu Mar 22 2007

The president and the Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of The New South Wales Bar Association to the 2007 Bench and Bar Dinner on Friday, 11 May 2007 at Hilton Sydney.

The guest of honour is the Hon Michael McHugh AC QC. 'Mr Senior' is Peter Garling SC and 'Ms Junior' Sandra Duggan. Tickets are $180 per ticket, $140 for Under 5s. Dress is formal.

Seating arrangements are provided on a first in basis. Tables of 10 will be accepted, with smaller bookings also accommodated. RSVPs will only be accepted with full payment.

Please click on this link for your invitation and return it with your RSVP. P A Selth 22 March 2007

Guest lecture by Chief Justice Myron T Steele, Delaware Supreme Court

Wed Mar 21 2007

The New South Wales Bar Association is honoured to present a guest lecture by Justice Myron T Steele, the chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, on Thursday, 22 March 2007 at 4.30pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Chief Justice Steele is present here in Australia for the Australian Legal Convention which commences in Sydney on Friday. His visit is very timely for members of the New South Wales Bar. Last month the United States Conference of Chief Justices resolved to urge improved access for Australian lawyers in the US. The resolution urges the Supreme Court of every US state and territory to consider permitting Australian university law graduates who have been admitted to practice here to sit US bar exams for admission to practise there without having to undertake further study.

Chief Justice Steele is able to tell us more about current developments in the United States to give greater access by Australian advocates to practise in US state courts.These developments follow lobbying by the Australian Government and the Law Council of Australia as part of an initiative under the Australian-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA).

Since 2000, Justice Steele has served on the Delaware Supreme Court, before his elevation to chief justice in 2004. Previously, he served as a vice chancellor of the highly respected and influential Delaware Court of Chancery from 1994 to 2000.

The fortunes of many large American corporations, not to mention the subsidiaries of some Australian companies, may be determined by judges in the state of Delaware, which is the leading venue for incorporation in the United States. More than half a million business entities have their legal home there, including more than 50 per cent of all US publicly-traded companies and 60 per cent of the Fortune 500. Many are drawn by the flexible regulatory system and the Delaware Court of Chancery, which is now pre-eminent in US corporate law.

In addition to his judicial activities, Chief Justice Steele is a member of the Corporate and Business Litigation Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the Judicial Section of the American Bar Association. He is a former deputy attorney general of Delaware and chairman of the Consumer Affairs Board. He has presided over major corporate litigation matters and writes frequently on issues of corporate document interpretation and corporate governance.

Please note early start time for this lecture -? 4.30pm

Michael Slattery QC

President

21 March 2007

Swearing in ceremony for Robert Toner SC

Tue Mar 20 2007

Robert Stephen Toner SC will be sworn in as a District Court judge on Monday, 16 April, 2007 at 9.30 a.m. in Court 21A John Maddison Tower, level 21, 86-90 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

P A Selth

20 March 2007

A Fair Go For Injured People - you're invited to a reception at Parliament House

Tue Mar 20 2007

You are warmly invited to a pre-election reception at Parliament House to meet injured people who have been caught by the inconsistencies in the compensation system, and other campaign supporters.

Over 90% of people injured as a result of someone else’s negligence don’t get fair compensation.

Since the commencement of the campaign hundreds of NSW residents injured in the workplace or motor accidents have come forward, speaking out against the unfair compensation regime.

Where: Jubilee Room, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney When: Wednesday 21 March From: 6 pm Speakers: Michael Slattery QC, President, NSW Bar Association & Hugh Macken, Senior Vice-President, Law Society RSVP: Claire McKendrick, Government Relations Adviser, Law Society T: 9926 0218 E: cmckendrick@lawsocnsw.asn.au

2007 Australian Bar Association Conference

Mon Mar 19 2007

The Australian Bar Association is holding its conference in Chicago from 26-29 June 2007. Major themes to be explored include:

>> Regulation and independence >> Litigation in the US: from depositions to witnesses >> The appointment of judges: tenure, confirmation and discipline >> The US Constitution and terrorism >> Scepticism and the judicial method >> Charters of rights and the role of courts.

For more information, visit www.austbar.asn.au.

Swearing in ceremony for Leonie Flannery SC

Mon Mar 19 2007

Leonie Flannery SC will be sworn in as a District Court judge on Tuesday, 20 March, 2007 at 9.30 a.m. in Court 21A John Maddison Tower, level 21, 86-90 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

P A Selth

19 March 2007

Fitness to plead: mental disability and our criminal justice system

Sat Mar 17 2007

Join moderator Julie McCrossin and a panel of experts for a lively yet informative discussion regarding people with a mental disability who commit criminal offences. The 2007 Law Week hypothetical will discuss the current response of our criminal justice, health and community services.

Julie will guide the panel and the audience through the often complex decisions confronting police, lawyers, magistrates and doctors alike. What is the appropriate role for our legal system? Can it provide an effective, but compassionate response that protects the community and assists people with mental disabilities?

Tuesday, 27 March 2007, 12.30-2.00pm The Wesley Theatre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney

Contact: Lorraine Clark Ph: (02) 9926 0287 E-mail: lgc@lawsocnsw.asn.au For more information about Law Week activities, visit www.lawweek.com.au

The Making of Australian Property Law: book launch in the Bar Association Common Room

Fri Mar 16 2007

The Making of Australian Property Law, by A R Buck, will be launched in the Bar Association Common Room on today, at 5.30pm. The master of ceremonies will be the Hon Justice Keith Mason, and the book will be officially launched by the Hon J P Bryson QC.

Also on that evening, the Francis Forbes Society, in conjunction with the Bar Association, Macquarie University and Federation Press, will announce the establishment of the 2007 Australian Legal History School Essay Competition. For further information about the competition, visit the Forbes Society web site at www.forbessociety.org.au

P A Selth

20 March 2007

President

Fri Mar 16 2007

The New South Wales Bar Association is honoured to present a guest lecture by Justice Myron T Steele, the chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.

Since 2000, Justice Steele has served on the Delaware Supreme Court, before his elevation to chief justice in 2004. Previously, he served as a vice chancellor of the highly respected and influential Delaware Court of Chancery from 1994 to 2000.

The fortunes of many large American corporations, not to mention the subsidiaries of some Australian companies, may be determined by judges in the state of Delaware, which is the leading venue for incorporations in the United States. More than half a million business entities have their legal home there, including more than 50 per cent of all US publicly-traded companies and 60 per cent of the Fortune 500. Many are drawn by the flexible regulatory system and the Delaware Court of Chancery, which is now pre-eminent in US corporate law.

In addition to his judicial activities, Chief Justice Steele is a member of the Corporate and Business Litigation Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the Judicial Section of the American Bar Association. He is a former deputy attorney general of Delaware and chairman of the Consumer Affairs Board. He has presided over major corporate litigation and writes frequently on issues of corporate document interpretation and corporate governance.

He has published over 300 opinions disposing of disputes among members of limited liability companies, and limited partnerships, and between shareholders and management of both publicly traded and close corporations.

The guest lecture will be held on Thursday, 22 March 2007 at 4.30pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

President Michael Slattery QC wishes to thank the Hon Justice Brian Preston for graciously agreeing to have his CPD seminar on ‘Sentencing for Environmental Law Offences’ rescheduled to Thursday, 29 March 2007.

Vale Daniel Edmund Horton QC

Wed Mar 14 2007

Daniel Edmund Horton QC, formerly of Blackstone Chambers, died on Monday, 12 March 2007. A requiem mass will be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, cnr. Willoughby and Carabella Streets, Kirribilli, on Friday, 16 March 2007 at 11 a.m.

The cortege will leave the church at the conclusion of the mass for Macquarie Park Cemetery, cnr. Plassey and Delhi Roads, Macquarie Park.

P A Selth

14 March 2007

Upcoming 15 Bobbers - His Hon Judge Richard Cogswell SC, His Hon Justice Ian Harrison, His Hon Judge Robert Toner SC

Mon Mar 12 2007

The following 15 Bobbers are to be held in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room.

>> To celebrate the appointment of His Hon Judge Richard Cogswell SC to the District Court a 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 23 March 2007. Speaker will be Michael Sexton SC. Download a registration form>>

>> To celebrate the appointment of His Hon Justice Ian Harrison to the Supreme Court a 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 30 March 2007. Speakers will be Paresh Khandhar and Garry McGrath. Download a registration form>>

>> To celebrate the appointment of His Hon Judge Robert Toner SC to the District Court a 15 Bobber will be held on Friday, 25 May 2007. Speaker will be James Poulos QC. Download a registration form>>

All 15 Bobber's commence at 5.00pm with the speeches at 5.30pm.

If you would like to attend any of the 15 Bobbers above, please complete the appropriate Registration Form and send it with payment to the New South Wales Bar Association, DX 1204 SYDNEY or Fax 9221 1149.

Please contact Katie Hall on 9229 1728 if you have any questions.

The Bar Association

Thu Mar 08 2007

This morning the New South Wales Bar released its Criminal Justice Policy for the attention of all parties in the present election campaign. This non-partisan policy has been developed by the New South Wales Bar in order to provide greater balance to the law and order policies which have been published by both major parties in this election campaign. Whilst the policy does not take issue with increasing front line police numbers, it emphasises that better funding of the prosecution and defence in our criminal justice system, better investment in court infrastructure and better focus on rehabilitation efforts for prisoners are of equal public importance. The policy also contains practical suggestions for reform of criminal procedure to make our criminal justice system both fairer and more efficient. I invite members to review the policy and today’s press release in relation to it.

I wish to thank all those who have been involved in developing this policy which was approved by your Bar Council at its January meeting. The policy ideas now being advanced are distilled from the Criminal Law Conference which was held on 1 September 2006. I wish to especially thank Stephen Odgers SC, the chair of the Criminal Law Committee and all of those who were involved in the organisation of that conference in September 2006. I particularly also wish to thank Bar Association staff members, Alastair McConnachie, Chris Winslow and Cindy Penrose, who have been closely involved in finalising and checking aspects of the policy and preparing its launch today.

A copy of the policy may be obtained from the Bar Association web site: www.nswbar.asn.au

M J Slattery QC

**President

8 March 2007**

Fair compensation forums in key marginal electorates

Wed Mar 07 2007

The president of the Bar Association, Michael Slattery QC, will address an election forum at 7:00pm on Thursday, 15 March 2007 at the Balmain Town Hall, Ground Floor Meeting Room, 370 Darling Street Balmain. Candidates for the seat of Balmain will be asked where they stand on the issue of fair compensation for people who are injured in the workplace or on the roads.

Another Fair Go For Injured People candidates forum will be held in Gosford on Tuesday, 13 March 2007 at 7:00pm in the Central Coast Leagues Convention Centre, Dane Drive, Gosford. Stephen Campbell SC will address the gathering.

Members are invited to attend.

12 March 2007

The Australian Legal Convention, Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney, 23-25 March 2007

Sun Mar 04 2007

I invite all members of the Association to consider registering for the whole or part of the Australian Legal Convention which will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney commencing on Friday 23 March. One of the most important events in the legal calendar is the 'State of the Judicature' address by the chief justice of the High Court, the Hon A M Gleeson AC. This will take place at the convention at 9.45 am on Sunday 25 March 2007.

The convention program provides many presentations of interest to the Bar. Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty, NSW Supreme Court Chief Justice James Spigelman and Telstra's chief counsel, Will Irving, headline an impressive gathering of guest speakers.

It is not necessary to pay full convention registration to attend these. Members may wish to use the convention as an opportunity to meet their 2006 – 2007 CPD obligations which this year must be satisfied by 31 March 2007.

For more information, visit the Law Council web site at www.lawcouncil.asn.au or download a registration brochure: http://www.lawcouncil.asn.au/alc\_registration.pdf

Michael Slattery QC

President

New Barristers Committee: Invitation to drinks on Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Sun Mar 04 2007

The New Barristers Committee will be hosting informal drinks at Bar Europa, 82-88 Elizabeth Street, Sydney on Wednesday 7 March 2007 from 5.30pm. All barristers are welcome. Drinks will be standard prices. No RSVP is required.

The committee believe it is important that barristers of all ages and levels of experience maintain a social connection with their colleagues, and as such the committee plans to organise social occasions such as this on a regular basis throughout the year.

The committee hopes to see you at this and others of these events.

Margaret Holz, Chair New Barristers Committee

Notice on behalf of Chief Justice Spigelman AC,Thursday, 1st March 2007

Thu Mar 01 2007

The following announcement has been posted on behalf of the chief justice of New South Wales, the Hon J J Spigelman AC.

On 1 March 2007 the _Sydney Morning Herald _published a front page story: 'Revealed; cable to PM on Balibo massacre'.

In the final sentence, under the headline 'Massacre cable went to Whitlam', Hamish McDonald's article reads: 'Mr Whitlam could not be reached for comment, nor his then private secretary, Jim Spigelman, now chief justice of NSW.'

In fact, the chief justice was no longer on Mr Whitlam's staff on 17 October 1975.

The chief justice has requested that the Sydney Morning Herald:

>> publish a correction with an appropriate headline;

>> admit, in the published correction, the newspaper's mistakes in:

a) not checking the public record; and b) failing to publish the correct information once informed by the chief justice's staff; and

>> remove, as a matter of urgency, the mistaken reference to Chief Justice Spigelman in all on-line stories relating to this.

Tonight: Bar Association president to address public meeting in Lane Cove

Thu Mar 01 2007

Tonight, the president of the NSW Bar Association, Michael Slattery QC, will address a public meeting of parliamentarians, candidates, representatives from the legal profession and local residents in Lane Cone. Candidates will be asked where they stand on the issue of fair compensation for people who are injured in the workplace or on the roads.

The following candidates have confirmed their attendance:

Shauna Forrest (Greens) Kate Botting (Democrats) Gabrielle O’Donnell (ALP)

The 'Fair Go for Injured People' campaign, mounted by the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Lawyers Alliance, seeks to draw public attention to the effect that changes to compensation laws have had on injured people.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Senior Centre (Upper Room), 180 Longueville Road, Lane Cove When: Thursday, 1 March 2007 at 7 pm.

Contact: Alastair McConnachie on mob: 0420 314 462