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Breakfast talks - Athens and Jerusalem: Must I live under two laws at once? (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Apr 16 2010

Over five breakfasts, Emeritus Prof Edwin Judge will explore both the classical and biblical cultural traditions whose interaction have created the distinctive dynamic mix forming Western civilisation. In each session, Prof Judge will pinpoint key texts that explain the philosophical foundations of our legal system, rule of law and theory of evidence. His series in 2008 and 2009 at CBF Legal was very popular with both lawyers and judges.

Emeritus Prof Edwin Judge of Macquarie University is one of the leading academic figures in Australia. Professor Judge will be speaking over five Thursday breakfasts: 29 April, 6, 13, 20, 27 May at Silks Coffee Lounge, 170 Phillip St (next to Selborne Chambers). Breakfast from 7:20am, (at own cost), please order by 7.30am –talks commence 7:40am, conclude 8:20am.

Attendance at this event will attract 0.5 points under the Continuing Professional Development Programme.

See the flyer for the series. For more detail see: http://www.citybibleforum.org/sydney-city-legal/ For more information, contact: Peter.Kaldor@citybibleforum.org or Polly.Seidler@citybibleforum.org or 02 9232 8700.

16 April 2010

Vale Ted Woodward (1928-2010)

Thu Apr 15 2010

The Hon Sir Edward Woodward AC QC, judge of the Federal Court 1977 - 1990 and head of the Aboriginal Land Rights Royal Commission of 1973-1974, died this morning.

15 April 2010

Federal Court seeks native title mediators

Thu Apr 15 2010

The Federal Court of Australia is compiling a list of suitably qualified mediators to assist in the management of its native title work. The court has drafted an expression of interest document, which provides more detail about the process for inclusion on the list. Members who wish to be included on the list should e-mail an expression of interest to Ms Louise Anderson, Registrar Native Title and eServices. For further information, contact Louise on ph: (03) 8600 3507.

15 April 2010

Cheap and Quick Bench and Bar Lunch

Thu Apr 15 2010
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A Bench and Bar Lunch will be held tomorrow at 1.00pm in the newly-renovated Hellenic Club, 251 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. The lunch will be banquet style, including tea or coffee, for just $25.� (Desserts and drinks will attract an additional charge, and can be purchased on consumption at the restaurant.) To book a place, please send your name, e-mail address and $25 to Kylie Nomchong, Denman Chambers, DX 185 SYDNEY. Payments can be made by cash or cheque (payable to ‘Kylie Nomchong’) or by direct deposit (details will be provided by return email).� Please ensure that you send a confirmation email to ktn@denmanchambers.com.au upon payment.� Unless you hear otherwise, your booking will be automatically confirmed. � The service will be prompt and people who need to return to court will be able to have their lunch comfortably within one hour. � Seating will be limited, so it is not too crowded or noisy and so people can move around more comfortably. � Bench and Bar lunches will also be held later this year on the following dates: 20 July 2010; 14 September 2010; and 16 November 2010. We suggest that you note these dates in your diary now. Any enquiries about the lunches may be directed to Joshua Knackstredt or Kylie Nomchong 3 May 2010

President Tom Bathurst QC salutes a DPP above and beyond the fray of politics

Wed Apr 14 2010

The president of the New South Wales Bar Association, Tom Bathurst QC, has paid tribute to Director of Public Prosecutions Nick Cowdery QC for his dedicated service since 1994.

“Mr Cowdery will be remembered for his resolute defence of the independence and impartiality of criminal prosecutions in New South Wales”, Mr Bathurst said.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was set up in 1986 in such a way as to ensure public confidence in a criminal justice system that is free from political and personal interference.

“At all times Mr Cowdery fulfilled the duties of his office. He is, and will remain, an exemplary DPP”, Mr Bathurst said.

Mr Cowdery has announced that he will retire in March 2011.

14 April 2010

Queensland Law Reform Commission report: Review of Jury Directions

Wed Apr 14 2010

The Queensland Law Reform Commission has published its report into the directions and instructions given to juries. Two of the key recommendations are: the provision of written material to the jury at the start of a trial covering matters such as the burden and standard of proof, the role of the judge and jury, and elements of each offence being considered; and amending the Criminal Code to allow both the prosecution and the defendant to make submissions to the judge before the summing up about any directions or warnings they may want the judge to include in, or leave out, of the summing up. Download the report - Volume 1 and Volume 2.

14 April 2010

Michael Kirby on TV and available on DVD

Wed Apr 14 2010

Daryl Dellora's documentary, Michael Kirby: Don't Forget the Justice Bit, will make its Australian television premiere on ABC1 at 10.20pm on Sunday, 27 June 2010. Filmed before, during and after his final days on the High Court of Australia, this documentary explores the personal, moral and spiritual convictions of one of Australia's most compassionate thinkers and greatest legal minds. The DVD of the film, with additional special features, can be ordered online. Special features include: an hour of extra interview material with Michael moving effortlessly from the Communist Party case, Mabo, Mallard, Roach, Thomas and Al-Kateb cases to terrorism laws and international human rights law; and a conversation with Bob Ellis at Gleebooks.

18 June 2010

Domain Soccer League campaign kicks off tomorrow

Tue Apr 13 2010

The NSW Bar Football Team will play its first game in the 2010 Domain Soccer League tomorrow, Tuesday, 20 April at 1.15 pm against Reserve Bank ‘B’. Members are invited to come down to the Domain and give a big cheer for the bar. For further information, contact Anthony Lo Surdo on ph: (02) 9223 3181.

19 April 2010

New civil registry arrangements at the Supreme Court

Tue Apr 13 2010

The Supreme Court has issued a notice regarding new civil registry arrangements, which take effect from today, 13 April 2010. Among the changes, which are designed to reduce waiting times, is the introduction of a concierge to assist the registry's users. Feedback is welcome. Learn more>

13 April 2010

New practice note for Supreme Court Corporations List

Tue Apr 13 2010

Chief Justice Spigelman AC yesterday issued Practice Note SC Eq 4, regarding the new structure and operation of the Corporations List in the Equity Division. All proceedings and applications in the Corporations List (except those in the Corporations Registrar’s List) will be case managed with the aim of achieving a speedy resolution of the real issues in the proceedings. There will also be a duty judge available at all times to hear any urgent applications in corporations matters. This practice note commences on 31 May 2010.�

13 April 2010

Fear of Crime and its Political Purposes (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Apr 12 2010

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law invite members to attend a seminar, "Fear of Crime and Its Political Purposes", by Professor Sophie Body-Gendrot, on Monday, 19 April 2010 at 6.00pm in Carl Shannon Chambers, L13, 175 Liverpool Street. The event is free.

Fear has always accompanied the history of cities. But current macro changes have reinforced a general feeling of insecurity. The lifting of boundaries between domestic and foreign policy has allowed the globalization of dissent as well as the globalization of repression in meeting threats and risks. Since 9/11, the principle of precaution dominates most of metropolises’ governance, but its consequences may be questionable. In this lecture, Sophie Body-Gendrot differentiates fears from concerns, and examine strategies led by cities from the Global North to the Global South. One aim of the research is to counter the discourse associating violence and cities and bring out options to decision makers and scholars.

Sophie Body-Gendrot, Ph.D. in political science from Institut de sciences politiques, Paris, is a Professor in political science and American studies and the founder and Director of the Center of Urban Studies at the Sorbonne. She has lectured throughout Europe and in the U.S. With inter-disciplinary and cross-national approaches, she analyzes the representations and perceptions of the city and of the "dangerous Others", and the management of risks from the global to the micro-levels. She connects urban violence, ethnic and racial discriminations and socio-economic inequalities with broader societal dysfunctions and public policies.�

She has also published over one hundred scholarly articles on urban violence and unrest in Europe and the United States and on urban politics. She is a member of the French National Police/Civilian Review Commission and the current President of the European Society of Criminology.

RSVP: to astrid99@hotmail.com

16 April 2010

Yoga in the Bar Association Common Room

Mon Apr 12 2010

Working in legal services isn’t just hard on your brain; it’s hard on your body too. Sitting all day weakens and tenses up the body and dulls the mind. Combine it with the competing demands of clients, the system, schedules - and you have a recipe for frustration, ill health and burnout. We can help.

28 September 2010

Lawyers Ski and Snowboard Race 2010

Mon Apr 12 2010

The Health, Sport and Recreation committee is calling all skiers and snowboarders to the Lawyers Ski & Snowboard Race Weekend, to be held in Thredbo from Friday, 30 July to Sunday, 1 August.� To organise your team’s accommodation, contact Jessica Angliss at Travelplan ph: (02) 9958 9714, the Thredbo Resort Centre on 1 300 020 589 or Absolute Alpine ph: 1 300 278 483). To be added to the Lawyers Ski and Snowboard mailing list, please e-mail info@lawski.com.au

12 April 2010

Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

Mon Apr 12 2010

Following are the cases selected by V Kline for reporting in FCR:_

Santo v David �[2010] FCA 42 [_Clifford v Vegas Enterprises Pty Ltd (No 2) ]3�[2010] FCA 36 Anderson v Minister for the Environment Heritage and the Arts �[2010] FCA 57 Swee Yen Tay v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2010] FCAFC 23 Woolworths Ltd v Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association (Qld Branch) Union of Employees �[2010] FCAFC 29 Federal Commissioner of Taxation v BHP Billiton Finance Ltd [2010] FCAFC 25

12 April 2010

Review of laws governing DNA and related forensic procedures

Tue Apr 06 2010

The New South Wales Government will set up a Forensic Working Party, headed by Justice Graham Barr, to review the Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2000. The working group will include a crown prosecutor, a public defender, representatives from the Department of Justice and Attorney General, the NSW Police Force, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Health. Learn more>

6 April 2010

Galileo Personal Training: introductory offer for barristers (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Apr 06 2010

Galileo Personal Training is a small and friendly, health and fitness studio conveniently located on Elizabeth Street. As a special introductory offer to all members of the NSW Bar Association, Galileo Personal Training is offering you the opportunity to have a free Health and Fitness Assessment conducted in the privacy and convenience of your chambers or at the Galileo Personal Training Studio, plus 2 x free one-on-one personal training sessions.� Call us on 9264 0069 to book an appointment.

Galileo Personal Training combines conventional training with whole body vibration training, which is proven to get maximum results in the minimum of time!� It is gentle of the joints, enabling everyone to benefit regardless of age or fitness levels. Plus, we provide half hour sessions, making it easy to fit into your day.� The benefits include weight loss, increased fitness, increased strength, flexibility, stress reduction, plus more. For further information visit our website at www.galileopt.com.au or email us info@galileopt.com.au

6 April 2010

Position vacant: public defender based in Wagga Wagga

Thu Apr 01 2010

Attorney General John Hatzistergos is seeking expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as a public defender under the Public Defenders Act 1995 for a fixed term that may be renewed. Appointment will be subject to an initial twelve-month probationary period. This position will be based at Wagga Wagga/Albury but the successful applicant may be required to attend other nearby regional courts as directed. Learn more>

1 April 2010