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Tonight: The Refugee Justice Network Information Evening for Barristers

Mon Nov 09 2015

The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), in conjunction with the Bar Association and Justice Connect are seeking to develop the Refugee Justice Network: barristers who are willing to provide advice and assistance to asylum seekers seeking help with judicial review. Members of the New South Wales Bar are invited to an information evening tonight, 9 November 2015 at 6.00pm for 6.30pm. It will take place at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street. Learn more here

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Nov 09 2015

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

Monday 9 November:"Developing good tax and financial habits". Presented by Bill Nussbaum, Basil Scaravilli and Michael Hutton and chaired by Greg Antipas. Learn more here

Tuesday 10 November:"Suicide: It could be anyone of us. How to help". Presented by Robyn Bradey and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. Learn more here

Wednesday 11 November:"Forbes Lecture - The History of Legal Education in Australia". Presented By Professor David Barker AM and chaired by The Honourable Justice Leeming. Learn more here

Thursday 12 November:"Is your voice doing you justice" - maximising performance for advocates". Presented by Lucy Cornell and chaired by Kavita Balendra. Learn more here

Bar Library hours during the Christmas-New Year season

Mon Nov 09 2015

The Bar Library will be closed from Monday, 21 December 2015 to Friday 15 January 2016 and on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. The library will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm between Monday, 18 January 2016 and Monday, 25 January 2016. Normal opening hours will resume from Wednesday, 27 January 2016.

Common Law Practice Update 91

Mon Nov 09 2015

The Bar Association's Common Law Committee has published Practice Update 91, with case notes on section 15 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); section 34 of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW); exemplary damages and production of documents. Download CLPU 91.

New Barristers' Committee November breakfast

Mon Nov 09 2015

The New Barristers’ committee would like to invite you to attend the November breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop tomorrow. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. Craig Leggat SC and Tom Howard SC will be hosting the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Ingrid King.

CPD tonight

Mon Nov 09 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room tonight at 5.15pm "Developing good tax and financial habits". Presented by Bill Nussbaum, Basil Scaravilli and Michael Hutton and chaired by Greg Antipas. Learn more here. Refreshments will be provided after the seminar.

Registering for childcare? Make sure you tell them you are a Bar Association family

Fri Nov 06 2015

If you would like to register for childcare, and intend to contact Guardian Early Learning directly to do so, it is important that you tell them that you are using the Bar Association’s childcare scheme. If you do not do so, you will be placed on their "community waitlist", which is considerably longer.

If members are allocated "community" places when there are places available in the Bar Association program, that will also result in the association unnecessarily paying the daily rate for that unutilised Bar Association spot.

It is useful for the association to keep a record of families on the waitlist, so that we can cross-check our list with the list held by Guardian. If you are interested in placing your name on the waitlist, please get in touch with Megan Black on 9229 1739 or at mblack@nswbar.asn.au.

Teaching opportunities at the University of New England

Fri Nov 06 2015

The University of New England School of Law would like to hear from barristers who are interested in undertaking some sessional teaching work in criminal law, including for tutoring, marking and possibly lecturing. All teaching activities are able to be done entirely online. Interested members should forward a CV to Michelle Edgely.

ALAANZ seminar on Legal Rules of Engagement in Conflict

Fri Nov 06 2015

On Thursday, 19 November 2015 the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (ALAANZ) is hosting an evening seminar with a presentation from Squadron Leader Bryan Cavanagh - Air Force legal officer on rules of engagement and an insight into his recent posting in Iraq. Please join ALAANZ for this evening seminar followed by drinks and nibbles. Pushback is 5.30pm for 5.45pm takeoff at the offices of HWL Ebsworth Lawyers Level 14, Australia Square, 264-278 George Street, Sydney. RSVP by Friday, 13 November 2015 to Adam Vines - cost includes seminar, drinks and nibbles - members of ALAANZ $35 (incl GST) - non-members of ALAANZ $45 (incl GST).

Ceremonial welcome for Judge Steven Middleton

Fri Nov 06 2015

A ceremonial sitting to welcome the appointment Steven Middleton as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia will be held in Newcastle on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 at 9.30am. The ceremony will be held in Courtroom 1, Level 4 of the Federal Circuit Court, 61 Bolton Street, Newcastle. Peter Cummings SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

Coming up in CPD on Monday

Fri Nov 06 2015

A seminar will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm on Monday 9 November:"Developing good tax and financial habits". Presented by Bill Nussbaum, Basil Scaravilli and Michael Hutton and chaired by Greg Antipas. Learn more here. Refreshments will be provided after the seminar.

Save the date : 2016 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Thu Nov 05 2015

The 2016 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 5 March. The conference offers 6.5 CPD points.

Speaker details and online registration will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact Bali Kaur, Director, Professional Development (9229 1722 or bkaur@nswbar.asn.au

CIArb Centenary Celebrations Australia - 3rd International Arbitration Conference

Thu Nov 05 2015

The 3rd International Arbitration Conference, Opportunities and challenges for dispute resolution in the next century, will be held on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 during Sydney Arbitration Week at the Sofitel Sydney. The conference will be part of the celebrations of the Centenary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), which includes a Welcome Reception, Sydney Harbour Cruise on the evening of Monday 23 November 2015, and a Black Tie Gala Dinner at the Museum of Contemporary Art on the evening of Tuesday 24 November 2015 at which The Hon Robert French AC, Chief Justice of Australia, will be the special guest speaker with Richard Ackland as Master of Ceremonies. To see the full programme and to register for the conference and other events, click here.

LTCS E-News Issue 83

Thu Nov 05 2015

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, LTCS E-News. Issue 83 is now available and includes information concerning: "My Plan", the new approach that Lifetime Care uses to help participants plan for the things they want to do and achieve; and the launch of the new Learning Management System (LMS) for use by service providers and other partners. View LTCS E-News No 83 here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Thu Nov 05 2015

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

Monday 9 November:"Developing good tax and financial habits". Presented by Bill Nussbaum, Basil Scaravilli and Michael Hutton and chaired by Greg Antipas. Learn more here

Tuesday 10 November:"Suicide: It could be anyone of us. How to help". Presented by Robyn Bradey and chaired by Peter McGrath SC. Learn more here

Wednesday 11 November:"Forbes Lecture - The History of Legal Education in Australia". Presented By Professor David Barker AM. Learn more here.

Thursday 12 November:"Is your voice doing you justice" - maximising performance for advocates". Presented by Lucy Cornell and chaired by Kavita Balendra. Learn more here

Legal Aid News for November

Wed Nov 04 2015

Legal Aid News for November 2015 is out now. There's a feature article on funding for specialist domestic violence legal support. There are articles on Bail Act changes, costs in legally aided criminal matters, specialist accreditation in criminal law for Legal Aid NSW lawyers and a White Ribbon Day workshop in Fairfield. There's the usual information on community legal education, courses and conferences and the Australian Human Rights Awards as well. You can view the newsletter here.

32nd Great Bar Boat Race - 2015 Invitational Challenge

Wed Nov 04 2015

The 32nd Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 21 December 2015 at 11.00am. Solicitors are invited to compete in a friendly competition with the Bench & Bar. This is a non-spinnaker race for monohull keelboats greater than 6.5m. The Organising Authority is the RAN Sailing Association ("RANSA"). For more information about the race, including the strict insurance prerequisites, or to enter, download a flyer here.

Arts Law Centre fundraising concert

Wed Nov 04 2015

The Hon Justice MJ Beazley AO, in her capacity as president of the Arts Law Centre of Australia, warmly invites members to attend a fundraising concert featuring renowned classical and jazz pianists Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt. The concert is on Thursday, 5 November, commencing at 7.00pm, and tickets are available here. A raffle with excellent prizes will be drawn on the evening.

Invitation to Share Your Views about Complainants' Evidence

Wed Nov 04 2015

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has commissioned a research project about the experience of relevant people in relation to mechanisms for complainants to give evidence in child and adult sexual abuse cases. To participate, please click on this link and complete the brief online survey. Participation is anonymous and confidential, and takes about 20 minutes. It must be completed in one sitting.

The NSW Bar needs you at its AGM

Wed Nov 04 2015

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Common Room of the New South Wales Bar Association, Lower Ground Floor, Selborne Chambers, 174-180 Phillip Street, Sydney this Thursday, 5 November 2015 at 5.00pm. Copies of the minutes of last year’s AGM are available at reception and will also be available at the meeting. The formal notice of the AGM was mailed to all members on Friday, 18 September 2015.

Voting for the 2016 Bar Council closes at 1.00pm on Thursday, 5 November 2015. If you have not voted, please return you ballot papers as soon as possible.

P A Selth
Executive Director & Returning Officer

Increased places at Martin Place Early Learning Centre

Tue Nov 03 2015

The Martin Place Early Learning Centre has been open for just over a year, and during that time all places reserved by the Association have been utilised by families requiring permanent and emergency care. There are a large number of families on the waitlist for a place in 2016. At its meeting on 22 October 2015 Bar Council resolved to increase the number of places reserved at the Centre from 10 full time spaces (50 days per week), to 20 full time spaces (100 days per week).

A reminder that places at the Centre are available for members of the Association, chambers staff and employees of the NSW Bar Association. Guardian Early Learning operates a waitlist for Association families seeking places at the Centre. If you would like to place your name on the waitlist, or have any questions, please get in touch with Megan Black on 9229 1739 or at mblack@nswbar.asn.au.

An open day at the Centre will be held tomorrow, to provide families with the opportunity to tour the Centre and meet early childhood educators working at the Centre. Further information in relation to Association support for members with childcare needs can be found on the website: http://www.nswbar.asn.au/for-members/childcare