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Thursday Breakfast CPD talk series - Living Under Two Laws At Once (ADVERTISEMENT)

Fri Apr 29 2011

Members are invited to the Thursday Breakfast�CPD�talk series - Living Under Two Laws At Once - exploring Western culture's desire to challenge the status quo and have an open and diverse society. Western culture is dynamic and open-ended, embracing inherent dilemmas-�we admire total commitment�yet resist total control, and welcome yet�are vexed by alternatives. These dilemmas create�Western culture’s desire to improve and do things better, and foster within each individual a tension between conflicting duties, which are not capable of being integrated into a unified whole. In exploring these issues, Edwin Judge will examine both classical and biblical sources. His previous series�at CBF Legal was very popular with both lawyers and judges.

The�first talk on 5 May will explore Western culture’s esteeming of an individual’s exuberance and passion (for a good cause) even if in contravention of�the current legal order.

Emeritus Prof Edwin Judge of Macquarie University is one of the leading academic figures in Australia. Professor Judge will be speaking over four Thursday breakfasts (5, 12, 19 and 26 May)�at Silks Coffee Lounge (upper rear section), 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. No need to pre-register.

Attendance at�each talk 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-legal

For more information, contact: Peter.Kaldor@citybibleforum.org or Polly.Seidler@citybibleforum.org or 02 9232 8700.

29 April 2011

Half-Marathon Bar Association meet-up breakfast

Fri Apr 29 2011

Attention all those keen runners who have registered for the half marathon or who intend to register.� Arthur Moses SC from the Health, Sport and Recreation Committee would like to get the NSW Bar Association team together for a breakfast at Silks next Thursday, 5 May 2011 from 8:00 – 9:00 am.� There may also be some last minute training organised if people are keen. If you are able to attend the breakfast meet-up, please RSVP to Jaimee Dinihan at jdinihan@nswbar.asn.au

29 April 2011

Virtual Practice Fact Sheet for barristers

Fri Apr 29 2011

The Practice Development Committee has created a fact sheet on virtual practice designed to alert barristers to the potential problems that may arise if they provide legal advice through internet based ‘question and answer’ services.

29 April 2011

High Court of Australia Public Lecture

Fri Apr 29 2011

Members are invited to the High Court of Australia Public Lecture, to be delivered by Professor John Williams in Canberra on 8 June 2011 at 6.00pm. Titled 'Swelling the ranks of the peripatetic unemployed: the first decade of the High Court of Australia', the lecture will examine the manifold problems which beset the newly formed 'Federal Supreme Court'. RSVP by 20 May 2011.�

16 May 2011

Walker SC to monitor national security legislation

Wed Apr 27 2011

Bret Walker SC has been appointed as Australia's inaugural independent national security legislation monitor. Mr Walker will review the operation, effectiveness and implications of Australia's counter-terrorism and national security legislation, and report to the prime minister and the Australian Parliament, on an ongoing basis. Learn more>

27 April 2011

Bar FC bloodied but unbowed

Wed Apr 27 2011

NSW Bar FC played its first game of the DSL season last Thursday, 21 April 2011 against Corrs, but lost 2-0. The team had three new players and was without either of its regular goal keepers, which might have had some bearing on the result. Anthony Lo Surdo reports that Evan Walker fired a great shot on goal, only to have it rebound on the inside of both posts without going across the line. 
Corrs scored just before half time and scored a second goal on a long ball counter attack. 
Bar FC's next game is against Reserve Bank "C" on 3 May 2011 at 1.15 pm. Spectators are most welcome. Enquiries should be directed to Anthony Lo Surdo.

27 April 2011

Law Council's report card on human rights in Australia: more to do but heading in the right direction

Wed Apr 27 2011

Just over one year ago the Australian Government released its response to the findings of the 2009 National Consultation on Human Rights. The president of the Law Council of Australia, Mr Alexander Ward, said the Human Rights Framework, which includes a focus on improving human rights education and enhancing Parliamentary engagement with human rights standards, has made an important contribution to improving the protection and promotion of human rights in Australia.

“However, there is more work to do – particularly in terms of implementing certain Framework initiatives that require legislative or policy change,” Mr Ward said.�Learn more>

27 April 2011

TONIGHT: Practice and Advocacy in the Court of Appeal

Wed Apr 27 2011

This first session in the Appellate Advocacy Series will be presented by the Hon Justice Beazley AO. The seminar will be chaired by Alexander Street SC and will cover essential requirements for appearing in the NSW Court of Appeal. Particular focus will be given to grounds of appeal, challenges to factual findings, rules and practice notes and melding� grounds of appeals and submissions. For further details and to download a registration form for the seminar series' follow-on session relevant to you, please refer to the flyer. Registration is NOT required for tonight's seminar.�

27 April 2011

Women in Law Commemorative Dinner

Thu Apr 21 2011

Members are invited to attend Macquarie University Law Society's annual Commemorative Law Dinner on Wednesday, 4 May 2011 at 6.30pm at the Parkroyal Hotel, Darling Harbour. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of Sandra Day O'Connor's appointment to the US Supreme Court and the centenary of International Women's Day. Keynote addresses will be delivered by the Hon Justice Ruth McColl AO of the Court of Appeal and the Hon Catherine Branson QC, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

3 May 2011�

Martin Place homeless thanks

Thu Apr 21 2011

Greg Curtin SC would like to thank all who have volunteered to assist the Martin Place homeless on Easter Sunday. As happened for our barbecue last year, numbers have well exceeded the fifteen sought, but no volunteers will be turned away if you still wish to come. Greg extends his thanks to Brian Ralston (Latham Chambers), of Self Tort fame, who will be singing and playing his guitar at the barbecue.� Thanks also to Investa Property Group for allowing the use of their power for Brian’s equipment.� An important part of the evening is simply chatting to the homeless and making them feel part of the community, not ignored by it, and it's conversation that does the trick. �They are very approachable and all of them respond to a smile and a hello.

21 April 2011

Date for your diary - National Indigenous Legal Conference, 12-13 August 2011

Thu Apr 21 2011

The New South Wales Bar Association and Ngalaya, the NSW Association of Indigenous lawyers and law students, invite you to attend the National Indigenous Legal Conference, which will take place in Sydney on 12 and 13 August 2011. The conference will be held at Dockside, Cockle Bay from 9am – 5pm each day with the conference dinner to take place on Friday evening in the Ivy Ballroom where the prestigious Indigenous Lawyer of the Year award will be announced. The themes for the 2011 Conference are Indigenous Identity, Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Governance. There will also be sessions on The Northern Territory Intervention, Protecting Culture and Sentencing Indigenous Offenders.

Further details regarding the programme and the registration form will be sent out shortly. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Jaimee Dinihan�jdinihan@nswbar.asn.au�or Katie Hall khall@nswbar.asn.au�at the Bar Association.

21 April 2011

CIArbs Asia Pacific Conference 2011 - special rates for members of the NSW Bar Association

Wed Apr 20 2011

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is offering members of the New South Wales Bar Association a discounted rate to register for the Asia Pacific Conference 2011, which will be held on 27-28 May 2011 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel. Barristers may register at the discounted CIArb membership rate by entering NSW Bar in the "discount code" box.

Titled "Investment and Innovation:� International Dispute Resolution in the Asia Pacific"� this regional conference is being jointly organised by the North American, East Asia, Thai, Indian, Singapore, Malaysian and Australian Branches of CIArb - a truly regional event for a region whose trade flows are enormous.

Offering leading edge perspectives on international dispute resolution as an integral part of good business practice, speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice James Allsop, president, New South Wales Court of Appeal, Australia
  • Chiann Bao MCIArb, secretary general, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong
  • The Hon Murray Gleeson AC, former chief justice of the High Court of Australia (Gala Dinner speaker)
  • Lord Peter Goldsmith QC, head of European Litigation Practice, Debevoise & Plimpton, UK and former UK attorney general (Blair Government)
  • Yu Jianlong, vice chairman and secretary-general, China International Economic Trade & Arbitration Commission, PR of China
  • Cheng Yee Khong, director and counsel, Secretariat of the ICC, International Court of Arbitration, Hong Kong
  • Damian Lovell, general counsel, BHP Billiton, Australia
  • The Hon Robert McClelland MP, attorney general of Australia
  • Rashda Rana FCIArb, general counsel, Australia, Project Management & Construction, Lend Lease, Australia
  • Peter Rees QC FCIArb, legal director, Royal Dutch Shell, The Netherlands and many more.

Delegates will learn about:

  • innovations in international arbitration – recent changes in legislation and practice in the Asia Pacific region;
  • technical innovation in arbitration;
  • regional challenges to and opportunities for international arbitration;
  • international arbitration and the courts – the Australian approach;
  • the growth of international mediation in the region; and

  • arbitration – a commercial client perspective �and much more.

Co-sponsored by global arbitral groups and international professional associations, the conference offers high level networking opportunities by bringing together:

  • judges and arbitrators
  • practitioners in international commercial arbitration and mediation
  • corporate counsel and legal directors of corporations engaged in international trade
  • lawyers advising corporations engaged in international trade
  • practising lawyers
  • policy makers
  • regional regulators
  • investors
  • financiers
  • chief executives and senior managers
  • academics and students

3 May 2011

Swearing-in ceremony for Federal Magistrate Garry Foster

Wed Apr 20 2011

Garry Foster will be sworn-in as a federal magistrate during a ceremonial sitting in Newcastle on Tuesday, 3 May 2011 at 9.30am. The ceremony will be held in Courtroom 3 of the Federal Magistrates Court, located on Level 4, 61 Bolton Street. Adam Mooney will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

20 April 2011

TONIGHT: Commercial Arbitration Act (Part 2)

Tue Apr 19 2011

Tonight, Ian Bailey SC will be presenting the second session of a two-part seminar series on the Commercial Arbitration Act. The seminar will be chaired by Angela Bowne SC. For further details, please refer to the flyer.

Please note that attendance at both of these seminars (together with attendance at a third seminar later in the year) will be necessary for those members seeking approval for the first time as BarADR arbitrators with the Association.

20 April 2011

A Charter of Rights review and other news from Victoria

Tue Apr 19 2011

The attorney-general of Victoria, Robert Clark, today announced the establishment of a parliamentary inquiry into the operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. Meanwhile, the attorney has announced the appointment of Stephen McLeish SC as the new solicitor-general.

19 April 2011

BOCSAR releases a feast of crime data

Tue Apr 19 2011

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has released the 2010 Recorded Crime Statistics Annual Report. According to the report, most categories of crime, such as motor vehicle theft, malicious property damage and robbery without a weapon are either stable or trending downwards. However, a number of drug offences showed an upward trend, such as dealing, trafficking in cannabis and prostitution. At the same time, BOCSAR has published research showing some categories of crime are now at the lowest levels they have been for over 20 years.

19 April 2011

Migration Law User Group Meeting - practice and procedure

Tue Apr 19 2011

The Federal Magistrates Court (General Federal Law)�Sydney�invites�legal practitioners appearing before the court in migration law matters to a professional user group meeting� to discuss current practice and procedure issues. The meeting�will be chaired by federal magistrates based in Sydney. The meeting will take place on Thursday, 19 May 2011 at 4.30pm in the Federal Magistrates Court, Level 5, John Maddison Tower, 88 Goulburn Street. Feel�free to forward to other interested members, but seating is limited so please RSVP with any specific agenda items by Friday, 13�May 2011�to: nswevents@fedcourt.gov.au Enquiries: Federal Magistrate Court, General Federal Law Registry (to�Kimm Conradsen) on (02) 9230 8264

13 May 2011

Australian Observance of The United Nations Day of Vesak 2011 (ADVERTISEMENT)

Tue Apr 19 2011

An invitation is extended to members of the Bar Association to commemorate Vesak Day on Sunday, 29 May 2011. This year marks the 2600th anniversary of the Buddha’s enlightenment, and the Australian Observance will take place on Sunday, 29 May 2011 at the Sydney Town Hall from 6pm – 9pm. Buddhist teachings encourage being mindful of one’s actions and environment, and of karma and peaceful conduct. Members of the bar are invited to learn more about this Eastern way of life. More information can be obtained by contacting the Buddhist Federation of Australia at at_ bfa2011@live.com.au _or on the internet at www.bfa.org.au

18 May 2011

TONIGHT: Commercial Arbitration Act (Part 1)

Tue Apr 19 2011

Tonight, Peter Callaghan SC and Ian Bailey SC will be presenting the first of two sessions on the Commercial Arbitration Act. Both seminars will be chaired by Angela Bowne SC. For further details, please refer to the flyer. Please note that attendance at both of these seminars (together with attendance at a third seminar later in the year) will be necessary for those members seeking approval for the first time as BarADR arbitrators with the Association.

19 April 2011�

Lifetime Care & Support Authority newsletter

Mon Apr 18 2011

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, LTCS E-News. Issue 54 is now available and has articles on: "eligibility criteria for amputations", LTCS workshops in Goulburn and Albury, Spinal Cord Injury and Red Flag management workshop, revision of LTCS payment codes and more.

18 April 2011

Legalwise Seminars June MCLE events (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Apr 18 2011

Join experts from different areas of law to discuss a variety of topical seminars this June. The seminars include: Doing Business in China; Doing Business in India; IT Law; Patents and Trade Marks a year in review; Pharmaceutical Law; Planning Appeals Update; School Law. To view the full programs, speaker details and to register click here. � Venue: UNSW CBD Campus, Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney 
Contact: Legalwise Seminars
ph: 02 9387 8133 fax: 02 9387 8711 email: info@legalwiseseminars.com.au

18 April 2011

New court list for Supreme, District and Local Courts

Mon Apr 18 2011

A new online court list for the Supreme, District and Local Courts is now available on LawLink. 
The new list uses a search tool which enables people to type in search criteria and find court listing details. These details include the courtroom where the case will be heard, the time it is listed, and the name of the judge or magistrate. It is possible to search for matters listed two weeks in advance, and for those listed in the previous seven days. The list is updated several times a day. The online court list is also accessible from the Supreme, District and Local Court websites, where the courtroom lists also remain available.

18 April 2011

Wanted: volunteers for Easter Sunday BBQ for the homeless

Mon Apr 18 2011

The Night Patrol (who provide food etc to the Martin Place Homeless) are holding an Easter Sunday barbeque�in Martin Place (near Phillip St) for the homeless. Up to 300 homeless people are expected to attend. Greg Curtin SC is calling for�13 firm�volunteers:�six cooks,�four to do�salads, and three to hand out treats. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Greg Curtin on ph: (02) 9225-7200 or via e-mail: curtin@sirjamesmartin.com

14 March 2012�

Deceased estates and bankruptcy - bankruptcy beneficiaries (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Apr 18 2011

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Sally Nash on "Deceased Estates and Bankruptcy - Bankruptcy Beneficiaries". The address will take place on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 5.30pm sharp in the Banco Court, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer>

9 May 2011

Coming up in CPD: Appellate Advocacy Series

Mon Apr 18 2011

This seminar series will be jointly presented by the Hon Justice J L B Allsop, President of the Court of Appeal and the Hon Justice M J Beazley AO, Judge of Appeal. The sessions will deal with practical aspects of following the Rules and� Practice Note, in particular the role of oral address in the context of written submissions.

In the first session, to be held on Wednesday 27 April, Justice Beazley will cover essential requirements for appearing in the NSW Court of Appeal. For further details and to print out the registration forms for sessions 2 and 3, please see the flyer. Registration is not required for the 27 April session.

18 April 2011�