The Sydney Law School Foundation is pleased to dedicate its annual event to The Hon James Spigelman AC QC, celebrating his significant contribution to the law and his work for social justice. The reception will take place on 19 October 2011 at Sydney Law Schoolï¿½between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. For registration and further information click here.
The Hon James Spigelman AC QC graduated from the University of Sydney in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts, before going on to complete his LLB in 1971 and receiving the University Medal in Law. The University subsequently awarded him an honoraryï¿½ LLD (2004). As a student leader, he took an active role in the 1965 Freedom Rides to rural NSW alongside student activist Charles Perkins. He was admitted to practise as a solicitor in 1972, but first served as Senior Advisor and Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister Gough Whitlam until 1975, at which time he was appointed Secretary to the Department of Media. On commencing his practice at the NSW Bar in 1976, three years after his admission, he served for several years as a member of the Australian Law Reform Commission and spent some time abroad. While at the Bar, he focused predominantly on constitutional law, administrative law and appellate work. In 1986, Mr Spigelman was appointed Queen's Counsel. He then served as Solicitor-General of NSW in 1997 before receiving his appointment as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1988.
On 18 March 2011, he announced his decision to retire as Chief Justice on 31 May 2011, and was succeeded on the bench by The Hon Justice Tom Bathurst QC.
Sydney Law School alumni: $40 inc GST
Others: $50 inc GST
Law Foyer, Level 2
Sydney Law School
New Law Building, Eastern Avenue
The University of Sydney (Camperdown campus)