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Toongabbie Legal Centre Saturday seminar

Thu Oct 13 2016

The Toongabbie Legal Centre will hold a one-day continuing legal education seminar on "Employment Law" on Saturday, 29 October 2016 in the conference room at Ashurst, 5 Martin Place, Sydney. Learn more here.

Tonight: Junior Drinks

Thu Oct 13 2016

Junior Drinks is a social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home tonight, Thursday 13th October, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues at Metro St James from 5.30pm.

Most violent offenders are not recidivists

Wed Oct 12 2016

The New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has published the results of a longitudinal study of 26,472 violent offenders, which found that a majority desist after just one offence. The director of BOCSAR, Dr Don Weatherburn, said the research "highlighted the dangers associated with stereotyping all violent offenders as dangerous recidivists". Learn more here.

Tonight in CPD: Implementing the Equitable Briefing Policy at the Commercial Bar

Wed Oct 12 2016
What does it mean for you and your practice?

Hear panel members Elizabeth Cheeseman SC, Andrew Bell SC and John Sheahan QC in conversation with chairperson Steven Finch SC on implementing the Gender Equitable Briefing Policy at the Commercial Bar. Learn more here. Discussion starts at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Federal Court - issue of new national practice notes on 25 October

Wed Oct 12 2016

The Federal Court of Australia is in the process of implementing its National Court Framework (NCF) reforms. Under the NCF, the court’s practice documents have been consolidated and refined from 60 practice documents to 25 new national practice notes. The new national practice notes will be issued on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. An update has been prepared that provides an outline of these reforms and a reference table of the new national practice notes. Learn more here.

Senior Counsel Scroll Ceremony

Wed Oct 12 2016

Newly appointed senior counsel will be presented with their appointment scrolls on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 at 5.15pm in the Common Room, with the scrolls being presented by Bathurst CJ at 5.45pm. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend the function.

P.A. Selth
Executive Director

Give generously to Gillian Mahony's Black Dog Ride

Wed Oct 12 2016

Gillian Mahony of 8 Wentworth Chambers is on the third day of a 2,700 km fundraising motorbike ride. Starting at Brunswick Heads, they have travelled to Texas (Qld), Nambucca Head and now head to Penrith via Walcha, Bathurst, Cooma and Bateman’s Bay. The aim of ride is to continue funding Lifeline's Online Crisis Support and Mental Health First Aid's teen MHFA program in Australian secondary schools. The trip also seeks to start conversations about mental health and suicide and what help is out there. You can donate to Gillian’s ride here.

New Barristers' Committee October breakfast

Wed Oct 12 2016

The New Barristers’ Committee invite you to attend the October breakfast catch-up at Silks Coffee Shop on Tuesday morning, 18 October 2016. Drop in for a short (or long) period of time from 8:00am – 9:30am. President Noel Hutley SC, Junior Vice-President Tim Game SC and Treasurer Chrissa Loukas SC will host the breakfast. For RSVP purposes, if you think you might be able to attend please send an email to Greg Antipas (gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au).

Preparing an Appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal

Wed Oct 12 2016

On Wednesday, 26 October 2016 Chrissa Loukas SC will present a practical advocacy seminar on appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal. The seminar, to be co-chaired by the Hon Justice Fullerton and Stephen Odgers SC, incorporates both severity and conviction appeals. The emphasis will be on the essentials of written submissions and oral advocacy. Learn more here.

This seminar has been organised by the New Barristers Committee.

Registration is required. Please send your RSVP response to Greg Antipas, Chair, New Barristers Committee at gantipas@wentworthchambers.com.au

Guerilla Tactics in the Enforcement of Awards in International Arbitrations

Tue Oct 11 2016
Sydney (Breakfast Seminar, 3 November) and Melbourne (Lunch Seminar, 7 November)

Members are invited to attend seminars jointly hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia on "Guerilla Tactics in the Enforcement of Awards in International Arbitrations". The seminars will be chaired by Justin D'Agostino, HSF Global Head of Disputes; and Managing Partner Asia and Australia, with a distinguished panel of arbitration experts. Q and A to follow. As registration is free, places are strictly limited.

Guerilla Tactics in the Enforcement of Awards in International Arbitrations – Sydney 3 November 2016. Learn more here.

Guerilla Tactics in the Enforcement of Awards in International Arbitrations – Melbourne 7 November 2016 Learn more here.

Progress to Partnership – Law Firm Comparison Study Launch 2016

Tue Oct 11 2016

Women Lawyers Association of NSW invites members to hear from a range of experts on the progression of women in the legal profession in NSW. The event will take place on 13 October 2016 between 5.30pm and 8.00pm in the offices of Ashurst, L9, 5 Martin Place. The panel will discuss the available data and compare it to the position of women in other professions and from an international perspective. For more information, or to register for the event, visit the WLA website here.

For the diary: drinks to celebrate the appointment of women silks

Tue Oct 11 2016

On 3 November 2016 the Women Barristers Forum and the Women Lawyers Association will host an evening cocktail function to celebrate the appointment of three women silks in 2016 - Kate Williams SC, Kate Richardson SC and Kara Shead SC. Further information on the venue and price will be available soon.

China Law Breakfast

Tue Oct 11 2016

The Law Council's International Law Section will host a China Law breakfast on Wednesday, 26 October at King & Wood Mallesons. Judge Judith Gibson of the District Court of New South Wales will chair a panel of six experts in Chinese law to discuss contemporary legal issues facing the country today.

Toongabbie Legal Centre Fundraising Dinner

Tue Oct 11 2016

The Toongabbie Legal Centre will hold its 9th Annual Community Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, 22 October 2016 at 6.00pm for 6.30pm in Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown. The chief guest will be Gary Ulman, president of the Law Society, with the Hon Justice M J Beazley AO present as well. Learn more here.

Junior Drinks

Tue Oct 11 2016

Junior Drinks is a social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues on Thursday, 13 October 2016 at Metro St James from 5.30pm.

New life members of the Bar Association

Mon Oct 10 2016

At a meeting of Bar Council on 6 October 2016 Philip Selth OAM, Michael Fordham SC and Penny Johnston were made life members for "exceptional service to the Bar Association and to the profession of the law".

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Oct 10 2016

The Gender Equitable Briefing Policy: what does it mean for your practice?

Members are invited to attend two panel discussions on implementing the Gender Equitable Briefing Policy - to be held on Wednesday, 12 October and Thursday, 13 October 2016. The first seminar, to be presented by Elizabeth Cheeseman SC, Andrew Bell SC and John Sheahan QC (chaired by Steven Finch SC) will discuss equitable briefing at the Commercial Bar. The second, to be presented by Tim Game SC, Chrissa Loukas SC and chaired by Phil Boulten SC, will discuss its application to the Criminal Bar.

Election of 2017 Bar Council - Nominations have closed

Mon Oct 10 2016

Nominations for the 2017 Bar Council closed at 4.00pm today. Nominations have been received from 18 Senior Counsel and 35 members of the Junior Bar (including 7 under 5s). An acknowledgment of the Returning Officer’s receipt of the nomination has been, or will be, sent to each candidate.

If any candidate has not received an acknowledgment by 1.00pm on Tuesday, 11 October 2016, they should immediately contact Ms Georgina Stow at the Bar Association on ph 9232 4055 or email gstow@nswbar.asn.au.

Ballot papers will on posted by Friday, 14 October 2016 when the ballot opens.

Alastair McConnachie
Returning Officer

Open Day for Female Law Students - volunteer barristers wanted

Mon Oct 10 2016

Volunteer barristers are needed for Female Student Open Day on Friday, 21 October 2016. Organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee the Open Day provides a wonderful opportunity for female law students to meet barristers and observe a day spent in chambers and at court. The Open Day program is available [here]. For more information, contact Ting Lim at the Bar Association.(http://inbrief.nswbar.asn.au/posts/7be4753ee4e26b4fd93440f819314df7/attachment/female_open_day.pdf "").

Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law Annual Conference 2016

Mon Oct 10 2016

The Kaldor Centre annual conference brings together academics, practitioners and policymakers to discuss key challenges in international refugee law on 18 November 2016, from 9.00am - 5.30pm at the Law Theatre G04, Ground Floor, Law Building, UNSW Kensington Campus.

The theme of this year’s conference is "From refugee emergency to protracted exile: The role of "time" in international protection". The conference will explore various aspects of refugee protection through the lens of time. What are the implications of delay and expedited procedures for refugee status determination? How does the law shape refugees’ experience of time? Do we need to rethink the notions of "crisis", "emergency" and "development" in refugee responses?

Register here.

Download the full program and speaker biographies here.

Celebrating 100 Years of the Commonwealth solicitor-general

Mon Oct 10 2016

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law, together with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre for Public Law, invite members to attend an event marking the centenary of the Commonwealth solicitor-general on Monday, 24 October 2016 at 6.00pm – 7.30pm in the Banco Court, Level 13, Queens Square. Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE QC will provide opening remarks, and will be followed by a panel discussion with the Hon Robert Ellicott QC, Dr Gavan Griffith AO QC, Dr David Bennett AC QC and the Hon Justice Stephen Gageler. The event will be chaired by Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby. Learn more here.

In conjunction with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Registration is free but essential. Click here.

Closing of Nominations for 2017 Bar Council

Mon Oct 10 2016

Members are reminded that nominations for the 2017 Bar Council must be received by the Returning Officer by 4.00pm on Monday, 10 October 2016.

Nomination forms have been posted to all members. The form is also available from the Association’s Reception (ph. 9232 4055; fax 9221 1149 or e-mail reception@nswbar.asn.au).

All nominations are acknowledged by e-mail to the candidate within 24 hours of their receipt by the Returning Officer. A candidate who has not received an acknowledgment within 24 hours of when they believe the nomination would have been received by the Returning Officer should immediately contact Ms Georgina Stow at the Bar Association on ph 9232 4055, or e-mail gstow@nswbar.asn.au.

Alastair McConnachie
Deputy Executive Director & Returning Officer