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Legal History Discussion Group meets this afternoon

Mon Oct 17 2011

The Legal History discussion group will�meet this�afternoon at 5.30pm in�Hearing Room 2, Level 1 Selborne Chambers. All welcome. Paula Byrne will discuss, among other things,�Ellis Bent and�the Select Committee into electoral bribery at Aylesbury in 1802.

17 October 2011

South Australian silk appointment

Mon Oct 17 2011

The South Australian Bar Association has advised that Geraldine Davison of Carrington Chambers was appointed senior counsel by Chief Justice Doyle on 11 October 2011 under Practice Direction 12 of the Supreme Court Civil Rules 2006 (SA). Learn more>

17 October 2011

Robing rooms at the Sydney District Court, John Maddison Tower

Mon Oct 17 2011

Combination locks have been fitted on the doors of the robing rooms situated on levels 13 to 16 of the John Maddison Tower.�New secure lockers will also soon be installed in each of these four rooms and the windows frosted.

The code for each door is C12XY.

17 October 2011

A Smorgasbord of Trust Issues (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Oct 17 2011

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) invites you to an address by�Michael Heraghty, barrister,�on "A Smorgasbord of Trust Isses - Common Problems Encountered in Practice". The discussion will take place on Wednesday, 26 October 2011�at 5.30pm sharp in Court 8D of the Supreme Court, L8 Queens Square. Refreshments will be served at 7.00pm. For more information, or to register, download a flyer>

24�October 2011

The conduct of Magistrate Brian Maloney

Fri Oct 14 2011

The Hansard for the Legislative Council debate regarding the conduct of Magistrate Brian Maloney is now available and may be viewed by clicking here.

14 October 2011

Fundraiser for Martin Place Homeless

Fri Oct 14 2011

The results are in from the�2011 fundraising�dinner for the Martin Place homeless, which�was held on Wednesday evening at the Pavilion in the Domain. A total of $24,000 was raised for the Matthew Talbot Homeless Service, a special�project of�the St Vincent de Paul Society.�Organisers are particularly grateful for the entertainment provided by the attorney general, the Hon Greg Smith SC MP, crown prosecutors Lou Lungo, Phil Hogan and the blues band, BLUE GROOVE.�

14 October 2011

Bench & Bar v Solicitors Annual Chess Match

Fri Oct 14 2011

The annual clash between the Bench and Bar and Solicitors for the Terrey Shaw Memorial Shield will take place this year on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 at 6 p.m.�at Allens Arthur Robinson, Level 28 Deutsche Bank Place, Corner of Hunter & Phillip Streets, Sydney.�Tribute will be paid to former Australian Chess Champion, John Purdy.

9 November�2011

Edwin Judge: the Ten Commandments for today? (ADVERTISEMENT)

Thu Oct 13 2011

CBF Legal Thursday breakfasts invites members to to hear a two-part talk by Emeritus Prof Edwin Judge of Macquarie University, who has dedicated himself to the lifelong study of culture and inherited traditions. Biblical and other ancient texts will be explored. No need to book, just turn up.

Thursday, 20 October - "The Ten Commandments - a Mesopotamian relic?" Why did Israel rejoice in their law?

Thursday, 27 October - "The Ten Commandments - sidelined by Jesus?" Why did Jesus insist on the law while liberating people from it?

Venue: Silks Coffee Lounge 170 Phillip St - upper section 7:30am (ends 8:20am) Free (breakfast at own cost). No need to book, just turn up.

25�October 2011

Lifetime Care & Support Authority newsletter

Wed Oct 12 2011

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, LTCS E-News. Issue 59 is a special feature focussing on participant care needs and how attendant care services are requested.

12 October 2011

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Wed Oct 12 2011

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be on Wednesday, 2 November at 6pm in the library. The book is The White Devil by Justin Evans.

31�October 2011

This Friday - 15 Bobber for the Hon Justice A Meagher

Wed Oct 12 2011

The 15 Bobber to celebrate the appointment of the Hon Justice A Meagher to the Supreme Court of NSW will be held on Friday, 18 November 2011. Speaking for Justice Meagher will be Tony Bannon SC. The 15 Bobber will commence at 5.30pm with the speeches beginning at 5.45pm. Pre-registration is $15 and MUST be received by the association by 3.00pm Thursday, 17 November. Reservations made after this time and at the door will be $25. Download a registration form and return it with payment to Reception at the New South Wales Bar Association, DX 1204 SYDNEY or fax 9221 1149. If you have any questions regarding the 15 Bobber, please contact 9232 4055.

16 November�2011

Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers

Tue Oct 11 2011

Members are invited to join the Women Barristers Forum, the Women Lawyers Association of NSW and their distinguished guests for their biannual lunch for new female barristers, to be held on Friday, 21 October 2011 between 12:45-2:00 PM at Buena Vista Cafe & Bar, Level 14, Law Courts Building. There is no charge. Non-reader attendees pay for their own lunch. Please register your attendance to ensure adequate seating and prompt service.

19 October 2011

Examination Power Seminars

Tue Oct 11 2011

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department is pleased to announce the 2011 Examination Power series of seminars. Presented by Open Door Productions the ‘Examination Power’ series focuses on focuses on how Barristers can maximise questioning techniques in the Examination in Chief and Cross-Examination phases of the trial to get the most from witnesses and underpin their case theory.

In sessions similar to an ‘actors’ workshop’, participants practise and analyse questioning sequences in detail, using a detailed case study in which the facilitators will role-play all witnesses, demonstrating emotionally-realistic personalities. Find out more about the series through this link. Places are limited, so to reserve your place, download a registration form.

10 November�2011

The Inaugural Barristers’ Clerks Association Conference a success

Tue Oct 11 2011

On Friday, 7 October 2011, the inaugural Clerks’ Conference was held at the Sun Room at the Ivy.� Over 60 clerks from NSW, Victoria and overseas were welcomed by the president of the Bar Association.� MC James O’Loghlin guided attendees through sessions including:

  • New Barristers Rules
  • Direct Access Briefs
  • Fee Recovery
  • The new national OHS laws and Chambers’ obligations
  • Bullying, harassment and discrimination
  • Difficult conversations and managing conflict
  • International practice
  • Marketing and business development

The overwhelming success of the conference was due in no small part to the generosity of the barristers – Jeffrey Phillips SC, Louise Goodchild, Rachel Fran�ois, and Janet McDonald – and other outstanding speakers who gave freely of their time and expertise.� Several speakers have agreed to conduct further professional development sessions for clerks, and to be available to discuss marketing, business development and international practice on an individual basis.

Following the conference, the annual dinner was held at the Establishment Ballroom, where Chief Justice French gave guests a highly amusing perspective on clerks and clerking, and honoured Paul Daley by presenting him with a gift from the association to mark his 50 years as a clerk.

The Bar Association has thrown its full support behind the conference, and recognises the enormous effort Andrew Laughlin, Angela Noakes, and the rest of the Clerks’ Association Committee, with the assistance of Katie Hall, put in to make the conference a reality.� We look forward to next year.

11 October 2011

Reminder - 2011 Pink and Blue Ribbon Breakfast is on Friday

Tue Oct 11 2011

The New South Wales Bar Association October Charity Breakfast is returning in 2011, bigger and better than ever. So big it now includes both Pink and Blue Ribbon causes! The breakfast is on Friday, 28 October and will be held in the Bar Common Room, 174 Phillip St, Sydney. The breakfast will run from 8.00-9.30am. There will be raffles and lucky door prizes with fantastic prizes including sessions with international award winning photographer Thomas Gallane, health and fitness packages from Alan Peacock, Galileo Fitness and Headquarters Fitness, a fashion voucher from Farage Clothing Store, four bottles of barrister-made vino from Pressing Matters and Whispering Brook and more!

Download a registration form. All are welcome.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you would like to make a direct donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Day, please follow the link - http://fundraise.pinkribbonbreakfast.org.au/nsw\_bar\_association

If you would like to make a direct donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s Blue Ribbon Appeal, please follow the link and use the reference NSW-11-74 - http://www.prostate.org.au/articleLive/pages/Donate-now.html

Contact: Joss Separovic, jseparovic@nswbar.asn.au or phone 02 9232 4055

26 October 2011

Reminder: memorial service for Simon Kerr SC

Tue Oct 11 2011

A public memorial service will be held for Simon Kerr SC tomorrow, 14 October 2011, at 2.30pm in St James Anglican Church. This will be followed by a wake at Verandah, 55-65 Elizabeth Street.

12 October 2011

Results of the SA Bar elections

Mon Oct 10 2011

At its�annual general meeting on 23 August 2011, the following were elected to the South Australian Bar Association's Bar Council.

President: Mark Livesey QC Vice President: Lindy Powell QC Secretary: David Crocker Treasurer: Darren Blight

Council members Michael Barnett Kerry Clark Graham Dart Michael Doyle Meredith Dickson David Edwardson QC Andrew Harris QC Noelle Hurley Angus Redford Neville Rochow SC Shane Spence Gillian Walker Jonathan Wells QC Dick Whitington QC

10 October 2011

Bar Association gives evidence on motor accident insurer profits

Mon Oct 10 2011

The New South Wales Bar Association gave evidence this morning before the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice Inquiry into the operations of the Motor Accident Council and Motor Accidents Authority. The Bar Association’s evidence said that the insurers will make in excess of $1.5 billion in super profits over a ten year span. President Bernard Coles QC�also called upon the NSW Government to hold a broad independent inquiry into the NSW system of tort law to examine options to ensure proper compensation for injured people in this state. View the media release>

10 October 2011

Vale Simon Andrew Kerr SC (1972-2011)

Mon Oct 10 2011

Simon Kerr SC, of Banco Chambers, died yesterday. Members will be advised of funeral arrangements as soon as they are known.

10 October 2011

Web watch: NSW bills

Fri Oct 07 2011

NSW bills (including explanatory notes and consultation drafts) are now available on the NSW legislation website. This is a collection of bills at all stages of the parliamentary process, of explanatory notes for bills as introduced into parliament and of consultation drafts of bills publicly released before introduction. The collection includes all bills introduced from 2007 onwards. These are static PDF documents and form a permanent archive. This material will be constantly updated and the addition of new bill, and updates to Bill information and PDF versions, will usually be completed within�three days of the relevant parliamentary event. Learn more >

7 October 2011