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Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Tue Oct 20 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tomorrow: "Conversations about Equitable Briefing". Presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Zoe Hillman and chaired by Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

Election of 2016 Bar Council - the Ballot

Mon Oct 19 2015

Ballot papers for the election of the 2016 Bar Council have been mailed to all those eligible to vote. Any member who has not received their ballot paper by COB Friday, 23 October and who wishes to cast a vote should contact the Association’s Certification Officer, Mr Barrie Anthony, on ph. 9232 4055 or e-mail certification@nswbar.asn.au.

Members should take care to complete the ballot paper in accordance with the instructions provided. If any member has a query concerning the completion of the ballot paper they should contact the Bar Association for assistance. The ballot closes at 1.00pm on Thursday, 5 November 2015.

PA Selth
Executive Director & Returning Officer

Mentors wanted for the Indigenous Law Students Mentoring Program: Sydney location

Mon Oct 19 2015

Have you been at the bar between three and seven years and are looking for a new challenge that provides an important opportunity to assist Indigenous law students on their way through law school? The Indigenous Barristers Trust is now seeking mentors for its Indigenous Law Students Mentoring Program.

We are specifically looking for two barristers practising in Sydney – one specialising in criminal law and one in intellectual property and property law. The program provides barristers with the opportunity to share their professional expertise and life experiences with New South Wales Indigenous law students. It is hoped the experience will provide guidance to the students and encourage them to one day consider the NSW Bar as a realistic and interesting career choice.

If you are interested in making a difference and becoming a mentor, please complete a registration form and send it to Wendy Incoll at wincoll@nswbar.asn.au or call ph: (02) 9229-1760 for more information. Those who express interest will receive further information about the program.

Coming up: AACL seminar on judicial appointment reform

Mon Oct 19 2015

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law will host a seminar on "Revisiting Judicial Appointments Reform in Australia", to be held on Monday, 19 October 2015 in Court 18B of the Federal Court, Queens Square, between 5.30pm and 7.00pm. The paper will be presented by Professor Andrew Lynch (University of NSW). Commentators will include the Hon Justice Julie Ward (NSW Court of Appeal); Mr Philip Selth OAM (executive director, NSW Bar Association); and Professor Gary Edmond (University of NSW). The chair will be the Hon Justice Steven Rares (Federal Court of Australia). Learn more about this and other seminars in the AACL program [here]. • Membership applications can be made at the door.

Ten years ago, a number of Australian proposals for the selection of judicial officers were influenced by reforms in the United Kingdom: the Judicial Appointments Commission and the selection processes created under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (UK). It is now timely to reconsider the key Australian reform proposals in light of the UK experience.

This paper addresses the objectives of the reform process, and how these objectives might influence design choices. In keeping with the UK discussion, the paper considers that judicial diversity warrants greater attention in the existing Australian proposals, and that it should inform structural decisions about the allocation and constraint of power in the selection process.

2015 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – Friday, 30 October – all welcome!

Mon Oct 19 2015

Members and their friends are invited to the 2015 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 30 October, 7.45am at Hyde Park Barracks Café. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with over $6,000 worth of prizes available to be won! Raffle tickets can be purchased individually at the Bar Association Reception, or a booklet of tickets can be obtained from Megan Black. There are 20 tickets in a book, and prices are: 1 for $5, 3 for $10, 7 for $20 or 20 for $50. Register for the breakfast today, RSVPs will be accepted until Friday, 23 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the EO Committee.

Supporting charities

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.

Reminder: CIArb Centenary Celebrations Australia

Mon Oct 19 2015
23–24 November 2015, Sydney

Members are invited to help celebrate the centenary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The program includes discussion on "Opportunities and Challenges presented by Australia’s new Free Trade Agreements", "Australia and New Zealand as Seats for Arbitration", "The Hague Convention on Court Agreements and the Establishment of Regional International Commercial Courts" and more. For a program or to register, please visit the CIArb website.

Invitation to apply

Mon Oct 19 2015
The Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Justice

The Office of the General Counsel of the Department of Justice invites applications from junior counsel for appointment to a prequalified panel to provide legal representation to the Department of Justice and to assist in coronial inquests and inquiries (the Panel). Applicants will be appointed to the Panel following an application, evaluation and selection process.

Successful applicants will be appointed to the Panel for a period of 3 years with an option to extend for a further 2 years. Information on the Panel, including the application form, can be found on the Office of the General Counsel website. If you have any questions, you may contact Lida Kaban, A/General Counsel on 8346 1388 or via email to enquiries_generalcounsel@justice.nsw.gov.au.

The right to engage counsel outside of the Panel is reserved and there should be no expectation that appointment to the Panel will generate any work. Appointment to the Panel is independent of any arrangement you may have with the Crown Solicitor’s Office.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Mon Oct 19 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm tomorrow: "The 2015 Plunkett Lecture". Presented by Dr Widdows and chaired By Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Oct 19 2015

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm this week:

Tuesday 20 October:"The 2015 Plunkett Lecture". Presented by Dr Widdows and chaired By Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

Wednesday 21 October:"Conversations about Equitable Briefing". Presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Zoe Hillman and chaired by Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

Candidates for 2016 Bar Council now listed online

Fri Oct 16 2015

Nominations for the 2016 Bar Council closed at 4.00pm on Monday, 12 October. Thirty-one senior counsel and 59 members of the junior bar (including 16 under 5s) have nominated. A list of the nominated candidates is now available on the Bar Association website. Each candidate’s entry includes a link to their Find A Barrister page. Voting forms are being dispatched to eligible members (Ordinary members Class A and life members) today, Friday, 16 October. Pursuant to clause 11.6.2 of the Constitution of the New South Wales Bar Association, members may vote for up to 21 candidates. Voting closes at 1.00 pm on Thursday, 5 November 2015.

2015 Justice Awards

Fri Oct 16 2015

The Justice Awards dinner was held last night at the Strangers' Dining Room, Parliament House, Macquarie Street. The Bar Association sponsors the Law and Justice Volunteer Award, which is presented to an individual or group of individuals who, in a voluntary capacity, have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. The 2015 award was presented by President Jane Needham SC to Leonie Duroux for her 23-year fight for justice for the families of three Aboriginal children murdered in Bowraville. A full list of award winners can be found here.

The annual Law and Justice Address was delivered by the Hon Catherine Branson QC

The ALRC is turning 40

Fri Oct 16 2015

The Australian Law Reform Commission is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Join Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, ALRC president; the Hon Robert French AC, chief justice of the High Court; Attorney-General George Brandis QC; and the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG for a celebration on the 23 October 2015 at 5.00pm in the Ceremonial Court of the Federal Court, Queens Square. RSVP by Monday, 19 October 2015 to ph: (02) 8238 6304 or email: tina.obrien@alrc.gov.au

Launch of Asian Australian Lawyers Association in Sydney

Fri Oct 16 2015

The Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) is excited to announce that the NSW branch of the association will be officially launched on Monday 2 November 2015 at 6pm, at Baker & McKenzie, Level 27 AMP Centre, 50 Bridge St, with the keynote address from the Honourable Mr Michael Kirby. The AALA seeks to promote Asian cultural diversity in the Australian legal profession, provide advocacy and support to its members and develop links with Asian legal associations. To register for the event, please click here.

Copyright Law and Practice Symposium 2015

Fri Oct 16 2015

The Copyright Society of Australia together with the Australian Copyright Council will host the 17th Biennial Copyright Law and Practice Symposium in Sydney on 22-23 October 2015 at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Speakers will include, among others: Jon Baumgarten, former general counsel at the US Copyright Office and a leading US attorney; the Hon Justice David Yates, Federal Court of Australia; and his Honour Judge Nicholas Manousaridis, Federal Circuit Court of Australia. For more information about the program, or to register, visit the Australian Copyright Council's website.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Oct 16 2015

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm next week:

Tuesday 20 October:"The 2015 Plunkett Lecture". Presented by Dr Widdows and chaired By Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

Wednesday 21 October:"Conversations about Equitable Briefing". Presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Zoe Hillman and chaired by Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

Coming up in CPD this month

Fri Oct 16 2015

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm this month:

Tuesday 20 October:"The 2015 Plunkett Lecture". Presented by Dr Widdows and chaired By Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

Wednesday 21 October:"Conversations about Equitable Briefing". Presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Zoe Hillman and chaired by Jane Needham SC. Learn more here

Monday 26 October:"Depression: an issue in the practice of law. Presented by Justice Marshall and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. Learn more here.

Tuesday 27 October:"Second Annual Spigelman Public Law Oration". Presented by The Hon J Allsop AO Chief Justice and chaired by Neil Williams SC. Learn more here.

Thursday 29 October:"Under 5's - Could you improve your Performance at the Bar?". Presented by Shannon Dolan and Lucy Cornell and chaired by Phil Greenwood SC. Learn more here

Third edition of Sentence

Thu Oct 15 2015

A third edition of Sentence, the comprehensive discussion of the law of sentencing in NSW courts for state and federal offences, written by Stephen Odgers SC, has been published. This edition is current to 1 September 2015. It contains detailed discussions of sentencing procedure, principles, factors and options. Launched in 2012 by the chief justice, it has substantially increased in length, reflecting the number of High Court and CCA judgments since then.

It may be obtained from the Co-Op bookshop or ordered from odgers.net. An electronic version of the work may also be accessed at that website.

Spigelman Public Law Oration and Public Law Section Dinner

Thu Oct 15 2015

The Public Law Section of the Bar Association invites members to "Values in Public Law", the second Spigelman Public Law Oration, to be delivered by the Hon James Allsop AO, chief justice of the Federal Court of Australia. It will be held in the Bar Association Common Room at 5.15pm on Tuesday 27 October 2015. The oration will be followed by the annual dinner of the Public Law Section (formerly the Constitutional and Administrative Law Section) of the NSW Bar at 6.30pm at Fratelli Parlamento, 229-231 Macquarie Street. Learn more here.

Bench and Bar Lunch

Thu Oct 15 2015

The Bench and Bar Lunch is set to return, due to popular demand, on Thursday, 22 October 2015 at the Hyde Park Barracks Cafe. Learn more here.

Forbes Chambers – new rooms / membership

Thu Oct 15 2015

Three new rooms are available on level 12 at Forbes Chambers. Expressions of interest in these rooms and membership of Forbes Chambers are invited. Price is available on application. Enquiries may be made with the Clerk, Ryan Coleiro on 02 9390 7777 or ryan@forbeschambers.com.au Expressions of interest will be received in writing or via email until close of business Friday 16th October 2015. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

New Barristers' Committee Junior Drinks

Thu Oct 15 2015

The New Barristers’ Committee would like to invite you to attend Junior Drinks tonight at Verandah Bar, 55-65 Elizabeth Street starting at around 5:00 - 5:30pm.

2015 Tristan Jepson Memorial Lecture

Wed Oct 14 2015

The Annual Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Lecture will take place on 27 October 2015 at 6.00pm in the Federal Court of Australia, Level 21, Queens Square. The lecture will be delivered by Alex Malley FCPA, chief executive of CPA Australia. The 2015 lecture will be recorded and later distributed to those who cannot attend in person in Sydney.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Wed Oct 14 2015

The Bar Book Club will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 at 6.00pm in the Bar Library. For discussion will be Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, number 32 in the Guardian's 100 best books and available from the Gutenberg Project in Ebook and audio. For those of you who wish to immerse yourself in the story, consider watching Apocalypse Now and Hearts of Darkness.