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NTBA 2016 Conference in Dili

Fri Apr 22 2016

Following the success of the 2014 conference, the Northern Territory Bar Association will be holding its 2016 conference in Dili, Timor Leste. The conference commences with registration and drinks on Wednesday evening 13 July at the conference venue, the Timor Plaza Hotel, extends over Thursday, Friday and Saturday 14 to 16 July and finishes with the conference dinner on the evening of Saturday 16 July on the Timor Plaza’s stunning Sky Garden Terrace. It will also have a social program as well as an accompanying guests program. A registration form is available here.

An evening with Dr Michael Kimmel

Fri Apr 22 2016

Members are invited to an evening with Dr Michael Kimmel – a gifted and world renowned speaker and writer on achieving gender equality. The event will take place on 24 May 2016 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. Places are limited, so please RSVP to mblack@nswbar.asn.au by COB Monday, 16 May 2016.

Dr Kimmel is most famous for his TED talk in 2015 entitled ‘Why gender equality is good for everyone – men included’, which has been viewed more than 1 million times, and is available here.

Dr Michael Kimmel has had a prestigious and long standing career in the area of gender equality. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in the United States of America.

Dr Kimmel regularly gives presentations all over the world to corporations, governments, universities and institutions. He has delivered the International Women’s Day annual lecture at the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe, and has worked with the Ministers for Gender Equality of Norway, Denmark and Sweden in developing programs for boys and men. He also consults widely with corporations, NGOs and public sector organisations on gender equity issues and has written prolifically about them.

Gambling counselling and treatment programs in NSW

Thu Apr 21 2016

The NSW Government, though the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF), funds more than 50 face-to-face treatment services for problem gambling, available throughout NSW. Services include gambling counselling, financial counselling, a 24/7 Gambling Helpline and Gambling Help Online. Specialist services offer counselling in many community languages. The RGF also funds Wesley Community Legal Service to provide a specialist legal service for problem gamblers and those affected by problem gambling.

The availability of these services at no cost makes them easily accessible to offenders. The Productivity Commission (2010) found that this type of treatment results in significant decreases in clients’ involvement in gambling and gambling-related problems .

Locations and contact details of free, local RGF Gambling Help services, including Wesley Legal Service can be obtained from the RGF Gambling Help NSW website, gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au/ and from the Gambling Helpline, 1800 858 858.

Bar Knitting Group

Thu Apr 21 2016
Wellbeing

All interested barristers are invited to attend the next meeting of the Bar Knitting Group. It will be held on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Bring your own needles, and wool etc. If you don’t have a project, or don’t know how to knit/crochet and want to learn, let us know beforehand by sending an email to Michelle Painter SC or to Lisa Allen. Light refreshments will be served.

Next meeting of the Bar Book Club

Thu Apr 21 2016

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held on Tuesday, 3 May 2016. Up for discussion will be The Great Swindle by Pierre Lemaitre. Pierre Lemaitre is a French crime novelist whose latest book won the Prix Goncourt in 2013. You can read about M. Lemaitre here.

Legal Aid NSW General Criminal Law Panel

Thu Apr 21 2016

The Legal Aid NSW General Criminal Law Panel (the panel) is currently open for new applications.

Applications must be submitted through the Panels Application website by no later than 30 June 2016 for consideration by the Selection Committee. Any applications received after this date will not be considered until the next Selection Committee meeting which will take place in 2017.

Information about the panel is available on The Panel Information Package web page and contains the following:

For any further enquiries regarding the panel, please email panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

Implications of IMM v The Queen [2016] HCA 14

Wed Apr 20 2016

The High Court handed down an important judgment with respect to the Evidence Act 1995 on 14 April 2016. The Chair of the Criminal Law Committee, Stephen Odgers SC, who appeared for the successful appellant, has written an article entitled “Implications of IMM v The Queen [2016] HCA 14” in order to assist members in making submissions about the judgment in future proceedings. He has agreed to release the article through In Brief. Learn more

Tomorrow - CPD Seminar: Getting Chambers

Wed Apr 20 2016

Thursday 21 April 2016, 5.15 pm Bar Association Common Room (please note that this seminar has been rescheduled from the 27 April).

Challenges and realities of buying-in, moving chambers, negotiating licences, working in annexes and life after readership Acquiring a secure base to practice is one of the challenges of the first few years at the bar. This panel will discuss their experiences and provide advice on buying into chambers (both in a Wentworth/Selborne floor and a rental floor), licensing a room, life in an annex/annexes, moving onto a newly established floor, and maintaining your practice and connections when moving chambers as a junior barrister.

Speakers: Ingrid King (Frederick Jordan) Ishita Sethi (7 Wentworth Selborne) Nicholas Mirzai (Level 22 Chambers) Andrew Laughlin (11 Wentworth) Kristen Sproule (Blackstone Chambers)

Chair: Nicholas Smith (Blackstone Chambers)

Strand: Practice Management and Business Skills

Download the flyer [here]

An evening with Dr Michael Kimmel

Tue Apr 19 2016

Members are invited to an evening with Dr Michael Kimmel – a gifted and world renowned speaker and writer on achieving gender equality. The event will take place on 24 May 2016 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. Places are limited, so please RSVP to mblack@nswbar.asn.au by COB Monday, 16 May 2016.

Dr Kimmel is most famous for his TED talk in 2015 entitled ‘Why gender equality is good for everyone – men included’, which has been viewed more than 1 million times, and is available here.

Dr Michael Kimmel has had a prestigious and long standing career in the area of gender equality. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in the United States of America.

Dr Kimmel regularly gives presentations all over the world to corporations, governments, universities and institutions. He has delivered the International Women’s Day annual lecture at the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe, and has worked with the Ministers for Gender Equality of Norway, Denmark and Sweden in developing programs for boys and men. He also consults widely with corporations, NGOs and public sector organisations on gender equity issues and has written prolifically about them.

Correction: Parliamentary Research Service briefing on SCPOs

Tue Apr 19 2016

The NSW Parliamentary Research Service has published an e-Brief on the government's recent Serious Crime Prevention Orders legislation. Yesterday, the PRS contacted InBrief to clarify that the published comment that there are "concerns that SCPO regimes could be misused" actually related to criticisms of SCPOs in the United Kingdom, not NSW. InBrief regrets any confusion this might have caused. View the e-brief here.

Thursday 21 April - CPD Seminar: Getting Chambers

Tue Apr 19 2016

Thursday 21 April 2016, 5.15 pm Bar Association Common Room (please note that this seminar has been rescheduled from the 27 April).

Challenges and realities of buying-in, moving chambers, negotiating licences, working in annexes and life after readership Acquiring a secure base to practice is one of the challenges of the first few years at the bar. This panel will discuss their experiences and provide advice on buying into chambers (both in a Wentworth/Selborne floor and a rental floor), licensing a room, life in an annex/annexes, moving onto a newly established floor, and maintaining your practice and connections when moving chambers as a junior barrister.

Speakers: Ingrid King (Frederick Jordan) Ishita Sethi (7 Wentworth Selborne) Nicholas Mirzai (Level 22 Chambers) Andrew Laughlin (11 Wentworth) Fiona Hayden (State Chambers)

Chair: Nicholas Smith (Blackstone Chambers)

Strand: Practice Management and Business Skills

Download the flyer [here]

Tonight: International arbitration seminar streamed live in the Common Room

Tue Apr 19 2016

Tonight's seminar on international arbitration in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, hosted by The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, will be streamed live via video conference into the Bar Common Room. Members are welcome to attend. RSVP to Megan Batchelor at mbatchelor@nswbar.asn.au prior to 5.00pm tonight. The streaming will begin at 6.00pm but members are asked to be seated in the Common Room a few minutes prior.

Supreme Court seminars for the profession

Tue Apr 19 2016

Members are invited to attend a two-part series of commercial equity seminars on Tuesday, 26 April 2016, at 5.00pm and Thursday, 5 May 2016, also at 5.00pm. Both seminars will be held in Courtroom 9D, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Queens Square. Registration is not required. Information about the topics and presenters is available here.

Thursday 21 April - CPD Seminar: Getting Chambers

Mon Apr 18 2016

Thursday 21 April 2016, 5.15 pm Bar Association Common Room (please note that this seminar has been rescheduled from the 27 April).

Challenges and realities of buying-in, moving chambers, negotiating licences, working in annexes and life after readership Acquiring a secure base to practice is one of the challenges of the first few years at the bar. This panel will discuss their experiences and provide advice on buying into chambers (both in a Wentworth/Selborne floor and a rental floor), licensing a room, life in an annex/annexes, moving onto a newly established floor, and maintaining your practice and connections when moving chambers as a junior barrister.

Speakers: Ingrid King (Frederick Jordan) Ishita Sethi (7 Wentworth Selborne) Nicholas Mirzai (Level 22 Chambers) Andrew Laughlin (11 Wentworth) Fiona Hayden (State Chambers)

Chair: Nicholas Smith (Blackstone Chambers)

Strand: Practice Management and Business Skills

Download the flyer [here]

Legal Aid Mentoring Program

Mon Apr 18 2016

Are you a criminal law barrister who is passionate about giving back to the legal community? Do you want to inspire, support and develop female criminal lawyers who want to promote their career in advocacy? Are you interested in giving career advice and support others to reach their goals?

Legal Aid NSW are seeking female barristers with at least two years of experience in criminal law willing to take on a new challenge as mentors. If you want to find out more information about the mentoring program, please email womensmentoringcrimlaw@legalaid.nsw.gov.au and include a contact phone number and a Mentoring Program coordinator will be in contact.

Support the NSW Bar team in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon

Mon Apr 18 2016

The beautiful Autumn running season is upon us. For its second year, the New South Wales Bar is entering a team in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon (Sunday 15 May) to raise money for the Katrina Dawson Foundation. Last year close to $50,000 was raised for the Foundation from this event alone.

Members are invited and encouraged to participate in the 2016 event by running and donating. You can register for the NSW Bar team here. If you wish to donate, please visit the team's fundraising page on Everyday Hero.


Appointment to note

Mon Apr 18 2016

Antony Evers has been appointed as an acting public defender, commencing on 29 March 2016. Mr Evers was previously appointed as an acting public defender based at Port Macquarie. He will now be located at the Public Defenders Chambers in Sydney.

NTBA 2016 Conference in Dili

Fri Apr 15 2016

Following the success of the 2014 conference, the Northern Territory Bar Association will be holding its 2016 conference in Dili, Timor Leste. The conference commences with registration and drinks on Wednesday evening 13 July at the conference venue, the Timor Plaza Hotel, extends over Thursday, Friday and Saturday 14 to 16 July and finishes with the conference dinner on the evening of Saturday 16 July on the Timor Plaza’s stunning Sky Garden Terrace. It will also have a social program as well as an accompanying guests program. A registration form is available here.

Belvoir's Barrister-led Family Programming Campaign

Fri Apr 15 2016
Philanthropy

Dear colleagues

Please join us in enabling greater access to theatre for young people by supporting Family Programming at one of Australia’s most acclaimed theatre companies, Belvoir. To pledge your support email charlotte@belvoir.com.au or donate now.

Belvoir is dear to our heart. It is one of Australia’s great cultural institutions. For more than 30 years, it has been presenting an artistic program that is razor sharp, popular and challenging. The company has launched the careers of Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, and Neil Armfield, to name a few, and has led the Australian theatre industry by example in programming at least two Indigenous-led productions every year. Further to this, Belvoir’s Education program reaches more than 10,000 Metro and Regional NSW school students every year.

A core part of Belvoir’s vision is to encourage and empower diverse audiences to engage with their work by proactively addressing any cultural, economic and geographical barriers to their participation. Belvoir has identified two major barriers to young people's engagement with the theatre: cost and content. That's why the money raised through their Family Programming campaign will be put towards the creative development of new work for young people, and the subsidisation of tickets for them and their families. As passionate long-term audience members and supporters of Belvoir, we share this vision.

Belvoir recently received a Plus1 grant from Creative Partnerships Australia, who will match up to $50,000 in donations towards their program for young people and their families. That means that for every $1 donated to their Family Programming campaign, we get $2 closer to securing $100,000 for kids at Belvoir. The deadline for these matching donations is 13 May 2016.

In order to help Belvoir reach this target by 13 May, the five of us agreed to each donate $500 to support Family Programming at Belvoir. That will raise $5,000 towards kids at Belvoir. We are hoping to get others at the Bar to join us and are aiming to raise a further $2500, which when matched will mean $10,000 will be raised in total.

Please join us in agreeing to donate $500 before 13 May. All donations are tax deductible. Of course, donations of any size are very gratefully received, though recognition varies according to level of giving (see below).

What’s in it for me?

All $500+ donors will be publicly acknowledged on Belvoir’s website and in printed publications relating to the two family-oriented shows in 2016: Ruby’s Wish (for ages 6+) and Girl Asleep (for ages 14+). Further, supporters and their families will be invited to a special money-can’t-buy event connected to one of the two shows mentioned above, depending on their preference.

All $250-$499 donors will be publicly acknowledged on Belvoir’s website.

Current supporters

Pledge your support and add your name to this list by emailing charlotte@belvoir.com.au or donate now.

International arbitration seminar live in the Common Room via video conference

Fri Apr 15 2016

The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) an evening seminar event on international arbitration in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, to be held on 19 April is now fully booked. In order to meet demand for places at this event, it will be streamed live via video conference into the Bar Common Room. Members are welcome to attend the streaming event. RSVP to Megan Batchelor at mbatchelor@nswbar.asn.au prior to 5.00pm on Tuesday, 19 April 2016. The streaming will begin at 6.00pm but members are asked to be seated in the Common Room a few minutes prior.

Bar Association advertisement for new executive director

Fri Apr 15 2016

Executive Director Philip Selth OAM FAAL, who has served since 1997, is due to retire on or before 21 October 2016. The NSW Bar Council has commenced the process of recruiting a new executive director. A search firm, Korn Ferry, has been appointed to assist the Bar Council in the identification of prospective candidates for the position. Advertisements were placed today in the Australian Financial Review and Lawyers Weekly.

Swearing-in ceremony for Penelope Wass SC

Thu Apr 14 2016

Penelope Wass SC has been appointed a judge of the District Court of New South Wales. A formal ceremony to honour this occasion will be held in the John Maddison Tower on Level 21, at 9.00am on Monday, 18 April 2016. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar.

Media reports on NSW Bar's serious concerns over control order legislation

Thu Apr 14 2016

The Bar Association's submission and media release on the NSW Government's Serious Crime Prevention Orders legislation was the subject of an article in the Sydney Morning Herald and some discussion on social media and talkback radio. The Herald article refers extensively to the association’s submission and includes quotes from President Noel Hutley SC. The president also did an interview regarding the legislation on the Robbie Buck program on ABC 702 this morning. Copies of the transcript are held in the Bar Library.

NSW Bar FC Season Launch

Thu Apr 14 2016

The NSW Bar Football Club (NSW Bar FC) is open to barristers, members of the judiciary, clerks and employees of the Bar Association regardless of gender, level of ability or fitness. It currently boasts over 80 members drawn from diverse practice areas. NSW Bar FC will be competing for the 8th successive year in the Domain Soccer League which is held at lunchtime (usually 1.15 pm) on the field atop the Domain Carpark. The opening game against Sydney Business School is at 1.15pm on 26 April 2016. (A full copy of the draw can be accessed here). If you would like to join the Club and support your FC please contact the manager, David Stanton (d.stanton@mauricebyers.com; 8233 0345) or Anthony Lo Surdo SC (losurdo@12thfloor.com.au; 9223 3181).