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TONIGHT: What to Do when things go wrong

Thu Mar 31 2011

The session tonight will be chaired by Jennifer English and will explore what� happens when complaints are made against a barrister. The topic will be� examined from a range of perspectives with Jennifer Pearce, Director,� Professional Conduct, outlining the role of the NSW Bar Association, Elizabeth Cheeseman discussing the barrister's position and Penny Johnston providing� an overview of the role of BarCare.

The seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee as part of its commitment to providing CPD seminars for members of the junior Bar. However, other barristers are very welcome to attend. For further details please refer to [the flyer][1].�

31 March 2011

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[1]: http://www.nswbar.asn.au/cpdattachs/When things go wrong - 31 March.pdf

An update on Wi Fi Services in federal and state courts

Wed Mar 30 2011

The Federal Court is piloting WiFi technology at the Law Courts Building in Queens Square in order to gauge the� likely level of useage by practitioners, along with its effectiveness in enabling practitioners to access material while in the courtroom or surrounds, such as mediation rooms.� At the time of writing, there is a WiFi service operational for courtrooms only on Level 18, Level 21 (Western end) and Level 22 (Eastern end), although it is expected that WiFi technology will be� operational on Level 19 in the near future.

The court has advised that if� the results of the WiFi pilot warrant it then the service may be installed in other registries subject to funding.

New South Wales Courts

NSW Courts are currently considering the policy and cost implications of both the use of internet access services by the profession and court users and the possible provision of those services by the courts themselves. �The Department of Justice and the Attorney General has indicated that it will be interested in the results of the current Federal Court pilot.

30 March 2011

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

Wed Mar 30 2011

The following cases will be published in a forthcoming volume of NSWLR: Director-General, Department of Environment and Climate Change v Walker Corporation Pty Ltd (No 3) [2010] NSWLEC 135 Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW v Birchfield; Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW v Dunlop [2010] NSWSC 1253 State of New South Wales v Radford [2010] NSWCA 276

Tchadovitch v Tchadovitch [2010] NSWCA 316 Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia Pty Ltd v Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd [2010] NSWSC 1295 International Greetings UK Ltd v Stansfield [2010] NSWSC 1357

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

30 March 2011

TONIGHT: How to run (and how not to run) a family provision claim

Wed Mar 30 2011

Presented by Bruce Townsend and chaired by Richard Jefferis, tonight's seminar is intended to give a basic practical overview of the topic and will cover the basics of� the jurisdiction as well as outline common errors which arise in the way the claim is prepared and pleaded.

This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee as part of its commitment to providing CPD seminars for members of the junior Bar. However, other barristers are very welcome to attend. For further details refer to the flyer for the event. �

30 March 2011

Web watch: Criminal CLE

Tue Mar 29 2011

Criminal CLE is a not-for-profit website for practising criminal lawyers in New South Wales. It contains CLE and CPD conference and seminar papers dealing with criminal law and closely related topics, such as appeals, bail, criminal responsibility, defences, police powers and sentencing. Many eminent members of the profession and the judiciary have contributed papers. Barristers are encouraged to contribute papers.

29 March 2011

Virginia Bell on the legal content of the fair go

Tue Mar 29 2011

Come and hear the Hon Justice Virginia Bell on The Legal Content of 'a Fair Go' - What does the concept of a Fair Go mean 
for the Australian legal system? The address will be held at Redfern Town Hall, 73 Pitt St, Redfern on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 at 5.45 for 6.00pm and concludes at 7.00pm. Admission is free but it is essential to register at
 sjp@unsw.edu.au by Monday, 18 April. The Law, Governance and Social Justice series promotes discussion about ways in which laws, legal processes and other aspects of governance can either help or hinder social justice in Australia and overseas. Addresses to date have been by Chief Justice James Spigelman, Malcolm Turnbull MP and Rev Tim Costello.

29 March 2011

Four tickets available for the Jessie Street Annual Lunch

Tue Mar 29 2011

The Jessie Street Annual Lunch will be held this Friday, 1 April 2011 from 12 noon at Parliament House and In Brief has heard that four tickets (at $95 each) are still available. Jessie Street (1889-1970) was an activist for peace and human rights. The trust was formed in 1989 to commemorate Jessie’s life and to assist activities she would have supported, in the areas of women’s rights, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, peace and disarmament and the elimination of discrimination. Justice Anna Katzmann and Sir Laurence Street are trustees. For more information, or to grab your tickets, contact Sarah Bradley, senior clerk at Maurice Byers Chambers, on� ph +61 2 8233 0300� or e-mail: s.bradley@mauricebyers.com�

29 March 2011

TONIGHT: - Reflections on Forensic Responsibilities and Privileges

Tue Mar 29 2011

This seminar will be presented by the Hon Thomas E F Hughes AO QC and chaired by Tom Bathurst QC. The paper will survey some leading cases about the public duties of barristers in the practice of their profession and incidentally will examine the development of the Bar in this State. For full details of this event, download a flyer.

29 March 2011

Prof Charlesworth to join ICC bench for whaling case

Mon Mar 28 2011

The International Court of Justice has accepted Australia’s choice of Professor Hilary Charlesworth AM as a judge ad hoc in the whaling case taken by Australia against Japan. Australia has initiated legal proceedings in the International Court of Justice against Japan challenging its whaling program in the Southern Ocean. Learn more >

28 March 2011

WLA NSW cocktail function - "A toast to our success"

Mon Mar 28 2011

The Women Lawyers Association of NSW invites members to “A toast to our success” Networking Cocktail Function, to be held at 6-8pm on Thursday 7 April 2011 at the Union, University & Schools Club of Sydney, 25 Bent Street, Sydney. Guest speaker for the evening is Louisa Fitz-Gerald, who was unanimously selected as the winner of the prestigious Australian Young Lawyer Award in 2011 for her work with patients dealing with chronic illness.

Over an 18 month period, Louisa embarked on a challenge to establish a legal referral service for cancer patients in New South Wales. The project has been a resounding success and made a huge difference in the lives of many patients and their families. � Louisa Fitz-Gerald is an inspiring and successful young woman and NSW Women Lawyers are pleased and excited to have her speaking at our inaugural event for 2011. � Please join us and distinguished guests in ‘A toast to our success’. � Cost (incl GST): Members $45.00pp; Non-Members $55.00pp (includes refreshment

5 April 2011

Recovery for reflective loss in breach of trust claims (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Mar 28 2011

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by Advocate Paul Tracey (Advocate of the Royal Court of Jersey) on "The operation of the bar against recovery for reflective loss in breach of trust claims". The address will take place on Wednesday, 6 April 2011 at 5.30pm sharp at Court Room 1, Level 21, Law Courts Building, Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer>

4 April 2011

Guidelines for collaborative practice

Thu Mar 24 2011

The Law Council of Australia has published the Australian Collaborative Practice Guidelines for Lawyers. Free copies are available from the Bar Association's reception.

24 March 2011

Volunteers needed for 2011 Barristers in Schools program

Thu Mar 24 2011

Want to give primary school students a better idea of the law and how it works? The Bar Association is seeking volunteers for its ‘Barristers in Schools’ program. The program was developed in 2008 by Margaret Cunneen SC and Karen Conte-Mills in consultation with the attorney general, the Department of Education and Training and the Bar Association. Participants in the program will give a two hour presentation to Year 5/6 students from schools across Sydney. The presentation will include:

��� •��� An interactive session on the justice system and general legal principles; and ��� •��� A mock criminal trial in which the students assume the roles of prosecutors, defence counsel, police, the accused and jurors. � Participation in the program requires: � ��� •��� Attendance at a training session held at the Bar Association on 12 April 2011, from 5-6 pm. ��� •��� Commitment to a date, between the hours of approximately 9 and 2. ��� •��� Some paperwork (ie: a ‘Working with children’ check, approximately 2 pages). � The program will be held in venues around Sydney, most within the Sydney CBD. Any travel-related expenditure incurred while participating in the program will be reimbursed by the association. � If you are interested in participating in this year’s program please contact Megan Black, Senior Policy Lawyer, at mblack@nswbar.asn.au or on 9229 1739 by close of business on Monday, 4 April 2011.

24 March 2011

Flu shots and health testing - cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure - today

Thu Mar 24 2011

The Health, Sport & Recreation Committee has organised for members to receive flu shots and get their cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure tested between 4.00 and 6.00 pm today, Thursday 24 March 2011 in conference room 3 at the New South Wales Bar Association. Prices are as follows: Flu Shot - $22, Health Test (cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure) - $18 and Flu Shot and Health Test - $38.� Prices are inclusive of GST. No pre-booking required and results are provided at the time.� Testing takes under 4 minutes.� Please bring cash/cheque on the day as there are no credit card facilities available.

24 March 2011

Hurry, reserve your seat at the 2011 Bench and Bar Dinner

Wed Mar 23 2011

The president and Bar Council have the pleasure of inviting all members of the Bar Association and the judiciary to the 2011 Bench and Bar Dinner. The guest of honour is the Hon Patrick Keane, chief justice of the Federal Court of Australia. Mr Senior is John Griffiths SC and Ms Junior, Angela Pearman. The dinner is on Friday, 13 May at the Hilton Sydney. Tickets are $190 and $150 for Under 5s until 29 April.� RSVP is Friday, 29 April and will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment. Download an invitation>

Seating arrangements of 10 per table will be accepted, as will smaller bookings. Seating will be offered on a first-in basis. If you have any questions regarding the dinner, please contact Katie Hall at khall@nswbar.asn.au or ph: (02) 9229 1720. 

The rate for guests wishing to stay the night of the dinner will be $259 room only, $279 with 1 breakfast and $299 with 2 breakfasts. Bookings should be made directly with Narae Park ph: (02) 9265 6059 or at, narae.park@hilton.com

29 April 2011

What is Australia's ranking in the Rule of Law Index?

Wed Mar 23 2011

The World Justice Project is a non-profit organisation which aspires to advance the rule of law around the world. Establishing the rule of law is fundamental to achieving communities of opportunity and equity. The WJP has published its Rule of Law Index —"a new quantitative assessment tool designed to offer a comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice". So what is Australia's ranking in the Rule of Law Index? Find out by downloading a copy of the report. [N.B. 5MB file]

23 March 2011

Flu shots and health testing - cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure - tomorrow

Wed Mar 23 2011

The Health, Sport & Recreation Committee has organised for members to receive flu shots and get their cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure tested between 4.00 and 6.00 pm tomorrow, Thursday 24 March 2011 in conference room 3 at the NSW Bar Association. Prices are as follows: Flu Shot - $22, Health Test (cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure) - $18 and Flu Shot and Health Test - $38.� Prices are inclusive of GST. No pre-booking required and results are provided at the time.� Testing takes under 4 minutes.� Please bring cash/cheque on the day as there are no credit card facilities available.

23 March 2011

Lunch Time Walking Group

Wed Mar 23 2011

The Health, Sport and Recreation committee has set up a regular lunch time walking group for members of all levels of fitness.� Sports gear not essential, just a pair of sneakers.� The group will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm (weather permitting) near the status of Queen Victoria near the Law Courts Building and walk through the botanical gardens.� It will be led by one of the Health, Sport & Recreation committee members and will take around 30 – 40 minutes.

23 March 2011

Retirement of the Hon Justice Stephen O'Ryan

Tue Mar 22 2011

The Hon Justice Stephen O'Ryan retired from the Family Court Appeals Division on 14 March. He was appointed in October 1994. At Justice O'Ryan's request, there was no farewell ceremony. Mr O'Ryan has returned to private practice.

22 March 2011

Law students honour memory of Indigenous rights campaigner through scholarship

Tue Mar 22 2011

Indigenous law students Aurora Milroy and Ashley Walker have been announced as the 2011 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship recipients. First established in 1994, the Scholarship commemorates John Koowarta, a member of the Winychanam community at Aurukun and a traditional owner of the Archer River region on Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.

"The Law Council of Australia has been involved with this initiative for over 15 years and it has helped 19 Indigenous law students pursue their legal education," said Law Council President, Alexander Ward.�

22 March 2011

Cases selected for reporting in the Federal Court Reports

Tue Mar 22 2011

The following cases were selected by V Kline for reporting in FCR:

Blackmagic Design Pty Ltd v Overliese [2011] FCAFC 24 Bargwanna v Federal Commissioner of Taxation [2010] FCAFC 126 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship v Khandakar [2011] FCAFC 22 Khan v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2011] FCAFC 21 Federal Commissioner of Taxation v Luxottica Retail Australia Pty Ltd [2011] FCAFC 20 FQM Australia Nickel Pty Ltd v Bullen [2011] FCAFC 30

Yarra Valley Dairy Pty Ltd v Lemnos Foods Pty Ltd [2010] FCA 1367 Re South Eastern Secured Investments Ltd [2010] FCA 1417 Mohamad v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2010] FCA 1414 Watts v Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Ltd (No 2) [2010] FCA 1429

22 March 2011