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The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference – places going fast!

Mon Jul 17 2017
Conferences

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Australian Academy of Law (AAL), the 90th anniversary of the Australian Law Journal (ALJ), and the 30th anniversary of the Pearce Report on Australian Law Schools, the AAL and ALJ are presenting a national conference on the future of Australian legal education, to be held in Sydney on 11–13 August. The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM and the Hon Justice Francois Kunc are the co-organisers of the event.

The conference will provide a forum for an informed, national discussion on the future of legal study and practice in Australia, covering practitioners, academics, judges and, of course, students.

The conference keynote speaker will be the internationally acclaimed Professor Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed to the Law School and Philosophy Department, University of Chicago.

Registration for the conference is open, but places are booking fast. For more information and to register, go to www.academyoflaw.org.au/conference

Learn more here.

Call for mentors for a moot: only short period involved

Mon Jul 17 2017
Mentoring

The Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy Working Party is calling for volunteers to assist with the annual UNSW Law Mooting Competition of Australia's First Peoples. This year’s moot is on succession law – but the mentoring role is on advocacy skills so knowledge of the area of law is not really relevant.

Interested barristers will be required to act as mentors to participating students over a ten day period from Monday, 24 July to Friday 4 August.

We are looking for barristers who are able provide advice on the preparation of written submissions as well as offer advocacy advice and some wisdom on best methods in oral presentations. Suggestions on what not to do are always helpful. Contact with the student may be in person or by phone and email. Please note that students may be in their first year. The preliminary will be held on Wednesday, 2 August from 5-9pm.

The finals will be held from 6.00pm on Friday 4 August at Gilbert + Tobin, L35, 200 Barangaroo Ave, International Towers 2, Barangaroo. If your student/s makes it to the final, then you would of course be welcome to attend.

If you are interested in assisting as a MOOTING MENTOR, please let me know by return email - ronaldssecretary@fjc.net.au - and I will let you know by Monday, 24 July if you have been allocated one or two students.

Chris Ronalds SC


Chair


Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy Working Party

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Mon Jul 17 2017
Coming up in CPD - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening

Mon Jul 17 2017
CPD Tomorrow - Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Presented by Ian Davidson SC, Chair, ADR Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Registration is required. To register, and for more information, please contact Megan Batchelor at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au. Attendance at this seminar forms a compulsory part of the approval process for new BarADR Arbitrators. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

This seminar will be followed by a BarADR Arbitration Approval Q&A session on Tuesday 1 August. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

2016-17 committee membership

Mon Jul 17 2017

The president annually reviews the need for the Bar Association’s various committees, the role of those committees and their membership.

A form listing the 2016-2017 committees is available here.

Members (not just those holding a practising certificate) who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee on the attached list should complete the form showing the committees for which they wish to be considered.

Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the form.

Expressions of interest will close at 5pm on Thursday, 19 May 2016.

The Bar Association is very fortunate that we have many more volunteers for committees than can possibly be accommodated. The president has therefore asked that members restrict their choice of committees to no more than two.

In confirming committee membership, the president ensures that all parts of the New South Wales Bar – geographically, practice areas and seniority – are represented on each committee.

Please note that until new committees are established and promulgated, the existing committees continue unchanged. The existing appointments to various working parties and representatives for the Bar Association continue unless and until the president determines otherwise.

Acknowledgement of your expression of interest will be emailed to you within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please contact gstow@nswbar.asn.au or telephone Georgina Stow on 9232 4055.

Thank you.

P.A. Selth
Executive Director
5 May 2016

2016-17 committee membership

Mon Jul 17 2017

The president annually reviews the need for the Bar Association’s various committees, the role of those committees and their membership.

A form listing the 2016-2017 committees is available here.

Members (not just those holding a practising certificate) who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee on the attached list should complete the form showing the committees for which they wish to be considered.

Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the form.

Expressions of interest will close at 5pm on Thursday, 19 May 2016.

The Bar Association is very fortunate that we have many more volunteers for committees than can possibly be accommodated. The president has therefore asked that members restrict their choice of committees to no more than two.

In confirming committee membership, the president ensures that all parts of the New South Wales Bar – geographically, practice areas and seniority – are represented on each committee.

Please note that until new committees are established and promulgated, the existing committees continue unchanged. The existing appointments to various working parties and representatives for the Bar Association continue unless and until the president determines otherwise.

Acknowledgement of your expression of interest will be emailed to you within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please contact gstow@nswbar.asn.au or telephone Georgina Stow on 9232 4055.

Thank you.

P.A. Selth
Executive Director
5 May 2016

2016-17 committee membership

Mon Jul 17 2017

The president annually reviews the need for the Bar Association’s various committees, the role of those committees and their membership.

A form listing the 2016-2017 committees is available here.

Members (not just those holding a practising certificate) who wish to be considered for appointment to a committee on the attached list should complete the form showing the committees for which they wish to be considered.

Existing members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee should also complete the form.

Expressions of interest will close at 5pm on Thursday, 19 May 2016.

The Bar Association is very fortunate that we have many more volunteers for committees than can possibly be accommodated. The president has therefore asked that members restrict their choice of committees to no more than two.

In confirming committee membership, the president ensures that all parts of the New South Wales Bar – geographically, practice areas and seniority – are represented on each committee.

Please note that until new committees are established and promulgated, the existing committees continue unchanged. The existing appointments to various working parties and representatives for the Bar Association continue unless and until the president determines otherwise.

Acknowledgement of your expression of interest will be emailed to you within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please contact gstow@nswbar.asn.au or telephone Georgina Stow on 9232 4055.

Thank you.

P.A. Selth
Executive Director
5 May 2016

ATO Let's Talk

Fri Jul 14 2017
Professional forums

In February this year, the Australian Tax Office created an online platform called 'Let's Talk: Legal Practitioners Community' to share knowledge and information with the legal profession. Two new consultations have been added for legal practitioners to discuss and comment on: the impacts of the ATO's use of garnishees and freezing orders to collect debts; and some draft Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to ask when contacting the ATO to discuss a client's tax debts. Members can register at any time to join the community.

ATO creates online forum for legal profession

Fri Jul 14 2017

The Australian Taxation Office has created an online platform called Let's Talk: Legal Practitioners Community to share knowledge and information with the legal profession. Members can register at any time to join the community and the ATO will also be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, 15 February 1.00pm-1.45pm to provide an overview of the new platform, and how legal practitioners can have their say.

Men and women of Geatland! Spear-armed Danes! Gather the Bar Book Club !

Fri Jul 14 2017
Bar recreational activities

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held on Wednesday, 2 August from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. The book for discussion will be the Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf. For the time-poor and print-challenged there are audio versions: a beautiful reading by Seamus Heaney of Beowulf can be found in two parts on YouTube, here and here or can be purchased from Audible Books. And for those who did not study Beowulf in English 101, some commentary to get you started at Harvard Magazine and also one from the Guardian.

2017 Tutors and Readers Dinner – RSVPs close midnight tonight

Fri Jul 14 2017
Bar social events

All Readers from the 2/16 and 1/17 Bar Practice Course and their Tutors are invited to attend the Tutors & Readers Dinner on Friday, 28 July 2017. The dinner will be held at the No. 1 William Room, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney. The dinner will begin at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and the dress for the evening is business attire. The guest speaker is The Hon Justice Julia Lonergan and the Readers speaker is Armen Karlozian.

For further information and to RSVP, please see the event webpage.

2017 Judicial Q&A – Registrations now open

Fri Jul 14 2017
Save the date

Barristers under 7 years are invited to the Judicial Q&A event – a great opportunity for under 7s to meet, greet and ask questions of the panel and socialise together. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, 2 August in the Bar Association Common Room from 5.15pm, with drinks to follow the panel discussion from 6.15pm. The Judicial Panel is the the Hon Justice Brigitte Markovic, the Hon Justice David Hammerschlag and his Honour Judge Warwick Hunt. For more information and to RSVP please see the Judicial Q&A website.

The 2017 Judicial Q&A event is kindly sponsored by Bar Cover.

Changes to the Supreme Court Duty Registrar Service

Fri Jul 14 2017
Court services

Commencing 24 July 2017, the Duty Registrar service at the Supreme Court will be available by appointment only. Appointments are available from 9:30am to 12:10pm and 2:30pm to 4:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). The maximum time for each appointment is 20 minutes. Please refer to the Supreme Court website for more information on requesting an appointment.

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Fri Jul 14 2017
Coming up in CPD - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening

Fri Jul 14 2017
CPD - Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Presented by Ian Davidson SC, Chair, ADR Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Registration is required. To register, and for more information, please contact Megan Batchelor at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au. Attendance at this seminar forms a compulsory part of the approval process for new BarADR Arbitrators. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

This seminar will be followed by a BarADR Arbitration Approval Q&A session on Tuesday 1 August. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Reminder: applications for appointment as senior counsel are now open

Thu Jul 13 2017
Senior counsel 2017

President Arthur Moses SC invites applications for appointment as senior counsel for 2017. Applications must be completed online. The deadline for applications is Friday, 28 July at 5.00pm. The principles governing selection and appointment of senior counsel are set out in the Senior Counsel Protocol and the Guide to Practical Aspects of Appointment of Silk in New South Wales. Applications must be completed online and must include a photograph. It is intended the names of successful applicants will be announced on or before the first Friday in October.

Junior barristers sought for ‘New Voices Panel’ at ICCA 2018 in Sydney

Thu Jul 13 2017
Recruitment

On 15-18 April 2018, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) will hold its Congress in Sydney, hosted by ACICA. The Congress has as its theme "Evolution and Adaptation: The Future of International Arbitration".

ICCA seeks expressions of interests from young lawyers including barristers (Under 40s) to join a "New Voices Panel" for the next generation of arbitration leaders.

The Congress will be widely attended by local and international arbitration practitioners.

Applications close on 28 July 2017.

Coming up in CPD

Thu Jul 13 2017

Tuesday 18 July 2017- BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening

Presented by Ian Davidson SC, Chair, ADR Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Registration is required. To register, and for more information, please contact Megan Batchelor at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au. Attendance at this seminar forms a compulsory part of the approval process for new BarADR Arbitrators. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

This seminar will be followed by a BarADR Arbitration Approval Q&A session on Tuesday 1 August. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

BarADR Arbitration Approval Information Evening

Thu Jul 13 2017
CPD - Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Presented by Ian Davidson SC, Chair, ADR Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

Registration is required. To register, and for more information, please contact Megan Batchelor at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au. Attendance at this seminar forms a compulsory part of the approval process for new BarADR Arbitrators. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

This seminar will be followed by a BarADR Arbitration Approval Q&A session on Tuesday 1 August. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Advocating interlocutory applications: practice and pitfalls

Thu Jul 13 2017
Coming up in CPD - Thursday, July 27 2017

Presented by The Honourable Justice Jayne Jagot, Federal Court of Australia; Vanessa Whittaker, Eleven Wentworth and Clarissa Amato, Banco Chambers. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC, Chair, Women Barristers Forum. For full details please download a flyer here. The seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

Coming up in CPD next week

Thu Jul 13 2017

Tuesday, June 06 2017: 'The Role of the Human Rights Commissioner'

Presented by Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner and chaired by Professor Andrew Brynes, Chair, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW Law. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar has been organised by the New South Wales Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee.

This seminar will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room.

Strata Title Property Rights

Wed Jul 12 2017
Book launch

Member are invited to the launch and discussion of Associate Professor Cathy Sherry's Strata Title Property Rights: Private Governance of Multi-owned Properties (Routledge UK, 2017). The book is being launched by the Hon Justice Mark Leeming on Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 6.00pm-8.00pm at UNSW Law School. The book will also be discussed by Justice Leeming and Dr Scott Grattan, University of Sydney Law School. To learn more, or to register for the launch, click here.