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Film night tonight

Wed May 19 2010

The Equal Opportunity Committee invites you to attend a film night in the Common Room tonight, 10 June 2010.� The film is My Cousin Vinny starring Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio and Marisa Tomei in her Academy Award-winning role.

The film is fast, funny and best watched with friends.� Tickets are $20 ($25 if purchased on the door).� Drinks and popcorn will be provided. Be sure to reserve your seat.

10 June 2010

Registrations close Friday 11 June - NIDA: Present and Persuade

Wed May 19 2010

The New South Wales Bar Association, in partnership with NIDA’s Corporate Training division presents a comprehensive two day course designed to assist to barristers be more concise, confident and persuasive presenters. The course will run on Friday, 18 and Saturday, 19 June 2010. You will complete the programme confident you are equipped to engage an audience genuinely, authoritatively and persuasively. Registrations close on Friday, 11 June 2010. For full details, download a flyer. Complete the registration form to attend.

7 June 2010

Fundraising for Oxfam Trailwalker

Tue May 18 2010
Philanthropy

Two members from the NSW Bar are participating in the Oxfam 100km Trailwalker event. Trailwalker Team Classic Combinations – comprising Malcolm Holmes QC, Susan Phillips and Kerrie and Paul Carroll� are hosting a fundraising event (coinciding with the launch of Amelia Cormack’s new album) at The Vanguard, Newtown, tonight, 31 May 2010 (doors open at 6.30pm, show at 8.30pm).� Tickets are $25 for general admission, $54� for dinner and show.� The tickets can be purchased online. There will be some special guests as well as performance of some of the tracks from Amelia’s new album which will also be on sale.� There will be a raffle with great prizes. Rob Mills (Millsy to those who watch TV) as compere/MC and Steve Leibmann will draw the raffle. This will be Malcolm’s second attempt at Trailwalker, Kerrie and Paul’s 5th and Susan’s 10th with nine previous finishes each year since 2001 – most in under 24 hours. Team members will greatly appreciate any support and look forward to it being a great night . 31 May 2010

AON (CGU) PII policy is approved

Tue May 18 2010

In addition to the Marsh and Suncorp policies, NSW Attorney General John Hatzistergos has now approved the Aon (CGU) professional indemnity insurance policy pursuant to s 403 (2) of the Legal Profession Act 2004. _One further policy, being offered by Willis Australia Limited (Allianz), is with the attorney for his consideration. Members will be advised through _In Brief if/when it is approved. Copies of the approved policies are on the Bar Association’s web site. Learn more>

18 May 2010

Appointments to the Land and Environment Court

Tue May 18 2010

David Neil Galwey, Philip David Hewett, David Owen Johnson, Michael Desmond Ritchie, Robert Patrick Smith and Ms Jennifer Lee Smithson have been appointed as acting commissioners of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales for the period commencing on 12 May 2010 and expiring on 27 February 2011.�

18 May 2010

Appointment to the Judicial Commission

Tue May 18 2010

Professor Brian Charles McCaughan AM has been appointed as a member of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales for the period commencing on 16 May 2010 and expiring on 15 May 2013.

18 May 2010

Cases selected for reporting in NSWLR by the editor, Bret Walker SC

Tue May 18 2010

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth) v Della-Vedova [2010] NSWSC 8 Platinum Investment Management Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue (No 2) [2010] NSWSC 1 R v B [2008] NSWCCA 85 Yazgi v Permanent Custodians Ltd [2007] NSWCA 240

For further information, please contact the Council of Law Reporting office: office@nswlr.com.au, phone 9266 0768.

18 May 2010

PhD scholarship in anti-terror laws

Mon May 17 2010

Professor George Williams is seeking to appoint a PhD scholar to work with him on his Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship project "Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge". Applications close on Monday 31 May 2010 Learn more>

17 May 2010

Breakfast talk series: Is there an ‘ultimate law’, the one for freedom?

Fri May 14 2010

This is the� fourth� talk� in a� series of five Thursday breakfast talks,"Athens and Jerusalem - Must I live under two laws at once?" where Emeritus Prof Edwin Judge explores both the classical and biblical cultural traditions whose interaction have created the distinctive dynamic mix forming Western civilisation. The talk will be held on Thursday, 20 May.

Classical philosophy’s concept of freedom meant to live in harmony with nature, which was expressed in the decrees of fate. For example, Socrates found it reasonable to accept the death penalty which his country imposed on him. By contrast, the biblical apostle James advocated "the ultimate law" as "one for freedom" – which looked beyond the established order to the promise of freedom from penalty under the law and personal fulfilment. The biblical concept of personal freedom through the law will be explored.

Emeritus Prof Judge of Macquarie University is one of the leading academic figures in Australia.

Venue:� 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

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 ph: (02) 9232 8700.

14 May 2010

National legal profession reform consultations

Fri May 14 2010

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has released the National Legal Profession Reform draft Bill and accompanying materials for public consultation. The consultation package includes draft national conduct rules for barristers and solicitors prepared by the Australian Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia, a consultation report from the National Legal Profession Reform Taskforce, a regulation impact statement, and independent economic analysis conducted by ACIL Tasman. Note for downloading / printing: the consultation package is 362 pages long.

The New South Wales Bar Association is a constituent body of both the Australian Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia. The Bar Council will have its input into the consultation process through those national organisations. The president would welcome any comments or suggestions members of the bar may wish to make to him to assist the Bar�Council in formulating its views.

Download a copy of the consultation package and the regulation impact statement >

14 May 2010

State funeral for the Hon Jeff Shaw QC

Fri May 14 2010

A state funeral will be held for the Hon Jeff Shaw QC, former New South Wales attorney general and justice of the Supreme Court. The funeral will be held on Wednesday 19 May, 2010 at 10:30am in Sydney Town Hall. Doors will open at 9:30am.

14 May 2010

Legislative Council inquiry into s 132 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986

Thu May 13 2010

The Legislative Council's Standing Committee on Law and Justice has launched its Inquiry into Judge Alone Trials under s 132 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1986. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 30 June 2010. The committee intends to hold public hearings in September 2010. Further information, such as the inquiry's terms of reference and how to make a submission, may be obtained from the committee's web site.

13 May 2010

Legislation to note: Model Commercial Arbitration Bill

Thu May 13 2010

The New South Wales Government has introduced the Commercial Arbitration Bill 2010, which Attorney General Hatzistergos believes will transform Australia (and Sydney in particular) into "a major player in the growing international market for commercial dispute resolution" and "lay the legislative foundations for a major expansion of the legal services sector in NSW".

The object of the Bill, as provided by the explanatory notes, is to repeal the Commercial Arbitration Act 1984 and facilitate the use of arbitration agreements to manage domestic commercial disputes by adopting the provisions of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (the Model Law), taking into account the Commonwealth Act and with appropriate modifications for domestic commercial arbitration. The Bill also contains a number of additional provisions supporting the arbitration process and some optional provisions which may be used by the parties to an arbitration agreement should a dispute arise between them. These include provisions relating to assistance from the Supreme Court (or another court nominated by the parties), the consolidation of arbitral proceedings, the disclosure of confidential information and the awarding of interest and costs. The Bill also provides for the issue of subpoenas, and the recognition and enforcement of awards with respect to domestic commercial arbitrations.

View the attorney's media release >

13 May 2010

IAMA National Practitioner Certificate in Mediation Course

Thu May 13 2010

The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA) will present again the National Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation course in Sydney. The six day course, which meets the requirements of the National Accreditation Standards for Mediators, is divided into two intensive sessions, held over a three week period.� The next course will be held on 15 – 18 September and 24 & 25 September at IAMA's offices at the Dispute Resolution Centre (IAMA DRC) which is on Level 9, 52 Phillip Street, Sydney. Download a brochure >

13 May 2010

Australian Lawyers' Cricket Council tour to Barbados - July 2011

Wed May 12 2010

Are you interested in playing cricket for Australia? The opportunity to wear The Baggy Green may have receded into the distance, but there is still hope. The Australian Lawyers' Cricket Council has announced that a 'selection carnival' for next year's tour to Barbados will be held in Sydney on 5-7 January 2011. All selections are based on merit. Both male and female cricketers are urged to participate.

Australia is the reigning world champion after winning the 2nd International Lawyers' Cricket World Cup at Cambridge in 2009 and competition for places will be intense. Cricketing barristers who may be interested in trying out for the team should contact Alex Martin via e-mail or on 0414 367 906.

15 June 2010

2010 Law Week Breakfast

Wed May 12 2010

Members not taking part in the PILCH Walk For Justice may consider attending the 2010 Law Week Breakfast on Monday, 17 May 2010 between 7.30am and 8.45am at the Wesley Centre, 220 Pitt Street Sydney. The guest of honour and key speaker will be NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, who will discuss 'The Role of Legislative Support in Anti-Terrorist Policing'. The accomanying guest speaker will be Professor George Williams. To reserve your seat, download a registration form >

12 May 2010

Practising Certificate Renewals Update No.1

Wed May 12 2010

All New South Wales barristers' practising certificates expire on 30 June 2010. A new PC must be issued before a barrister may practise on and from 1 July 2010. Renewal forms were sent in today's mail. If you have not received your forms by next Wednesday, 19 May 2010, or have any questions regarding their completion, please contact the Certification Officer Barrie Anthony on ph: (02) 9232 4055. Learn more>

12 May 2010

Bar Running Team in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

Tue May 11 2010
Philanthropy

Barristers taking part in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon have taken delivery of their team shirts ahead of this Sunday's 21.1km race. Taking part will be: Arthur Moses SC, Carlos Mobellan, Daniel Tynan, David Jordan, David Mallon, Susan Phillips, Christopher Withers, Tom Thawley, Justin Hogan-Doran, John-Paul Redmond, Christopher O'Donnell, Iain Todd and Soruban Siva. Members are invited to come and cheer them on. The race starts at 7.30am on College Street, near St Mary's Cathedral. The course winds through major Sydney landmarks and finishes in Hyde Park at the Archibald fountain. 11 May 2010

Vale the Hon Jeff Shaw QC

Tue May 11 2010

The president of the New South Wales Bar Association, Tom Bathurst QC, has expressed his deep regret at news of the death of the Hon Jeff Shaw QC, former New South Wales attorney general and justice of the Supreme Court.

‘Jeff Shaw made a lasting contribution to the justice system, first as a leading industrial law counsel, then in his five year term as attorney general in the Carr government, and as a judge’ said Mr Bathurst.

Members will be advised of funeral arrangements when they are known. An obituary will be published in the next edition of Bar News. Learn more>

11 May 2010