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Brett Shields to be sworn-in as a magistrate

Fri Aug 25 2017
Swearing-in

Brett Shields will be sworn-in as a magistrate of the Local Court of New South Wales on Monday, 28 August 2017 at 9.00am in Courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Greg Antipas will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Robes and wigs are not to be worn.

Alan Anthony McDevitt

Thu Aug 24 2017
Vale

Alan Anthony McDevitt, retired District Court judge, died on 19 August 2017. A Requiem Mass to celebrate his life will be held at St Mary's Catholic Church, North Sydney on Monday, 28 August 2017 at 10.30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Department of Cancer Medicine Research Fund, would be appreciated.

The First Five Years: early learning experiences

Thu Aug 24 2017
Member services and benefits

Guardian Early Learning Group invites members to join them at the Hilton Hotel Sydney for an evening with early childhood expert, Dr Elanna Yalow, as she discusses 'The First Five Years: how a child's early learning experience sets the stage for success at school and later in life'. A light dinner will be provided. The event will be held on Wednesday, 6 September 2017 at 5.30pm for 6.00pm start.

New South Wales Bar Association members and chambers staff have guaranteed access to dedicated permanent, casual or emergency childcare places at Castlereagh Street Early Learning Centre and Little Steps Early Learning Centre, 7.30 am to 6.00pm from Monday to Friday.

For further information or to book your child into care please contact Guardian Early Learning Group on 1300 025 007 or email at corp.enrolments@guardian.edu.au. Please advise Guardian that you are part of the NSW Bar Association childcare scheme to take advantage of it. More information on the scheme is available on the Bar Association's website.

Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform

Thu Aug 24 2017
Coming up in CPD - Tonight

Tonight, 24 August 2017, there will be a CPD seminar on Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform. It will be presented by Professor David Rolph and chaired by Greg Tolhurst, the executive director of the Bar Association. Learn more here

Please note this seminar will commence at 6.00pm in the Bar Association Common Room

TONIGHT - Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform

Thu Aug 24 2017
Coming up in CPD - Tomorrow

Tonight, 24 August 2017 there will be a CPD seminar on Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform. It will be presented by Professor David Rolph and chaired by Greg Tolhurst, the executive director of the Bar Association. Learn more here

Please note this seminar will commence at 6.00pm in the Bar Association Common Room

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Wed Aug 23 2017
Call for papers

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the association's 2018 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2018 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 17 February
  • Parramatta – Saturday 24 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 10 March
  • Orange – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 24 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Please ensure to include '2018 Regional Conferences' in the email subject line along with the inclusion of a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion in the email.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 29 September.

Vale Reg Bartley AM

Tue Aug 22 2017

Reg Bartley AM, magistrate from 1963 to 1985 and chairman of the Licensing Court of NSW and Liquor Administration Board from 1979 to 1985, died on 18 August 2017, aged 92. He was the author and co-author of several publications, including the Petty Sessions Review, The Court is Open and The ABC of Evidence. There will be a requiem mass for him commencing 11.00am on Saturday, 26 August 2017 at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Victoria St, Waverley.

Congratulations Michael Bradford

Tue Aug 22 2017
Wellbeing

Last week Michael Bradford of Third Floor Wentworth Chambers was in Budapest racing at the 17th FINA World Masters Championships. He raced in four events, in the 65-69 age category and achieved fantastic results. He came 9th in the 100m freestyle, 3rd in the 200m freestyle, 2nd in the 400m freestyle & 4th in the 800m freestyle. Congratulations Michael!

Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform

Tue Aug 22 2017
Coming up in CPD - This Week

On 24 August 2017 there will be a CPD seminar on Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform. It will be presented by Professor David Rolph and chaired by Greg Tolhurst, the executive director of the Bar Association. Learn more here

15 Bobber- Mr David Bennett AC QC - Celebrating 50 Years at the Bar

Tue Aug 22 2017

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for Mr David Bennett AC QC, celebrating his 50 years at the Bar. The 15 Bobber will be held Friday, 20 October in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for Mr David Bennett AC QC will be Mr John Sheahan QC. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 5.00pm Wednesday 11 October 2017.

Barristers, solicitors and doctors unite to support marriage equality laws

Mon Aug 21 2017
Media release

The president of the New South Wales Bar Association Arthur Moses SC, the president of The Law Society of NSW Pauline Wright and the president of the Australian Medical Association (NSW) Professor Brad Frankum have come together to express their support for same sex marriage legislation at the federal level. Learn more here. The media release was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, among other publications.

Applications for appointment as a public defender

Mon Aug 21 2017
Positions vacant

Public Defender: $281,790 p.a. plus Conveyance Allowance $16,990 p.a.

The Attorney General is seeking applications from qualified persons for appointment as a Public Defender under the Public Defenders Act 1995, for a fixed term of up to seven years that may be renewed, subject to an initial twelve-month probationary period.

Public Defenders are barristers who appear in trials throughout NSW, and in appeals, for legally-aided persons charged with serious criminal offences. The position will be based in Sydney and the successful applicant will be required to appear at metropolitan and regional sittings of the District Court and Supreme Court, and occasionally the Court of Criminal Appeal, as directed. Any appearances in country or regional sittings are likely to be in the order of a maximum of eight weeks per year.

Applicants must be Australian lawyers with extensive advocacy experience in a wide range of criminal trials and, ideally, CCA appeals. Guidelines for the appointment and reappointment of Public Defenders, which includes the selection criteria, may be viewed on the Public Defenders website at: www.publicdefenders.nsw.gov.au

Note: Probity checks will be conducted.

Applications in Word or PDF identifying the specific position applied for and addressing the selection criteria, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names of at least two referees.

Applications close: Sunday, 17 September 2017 (11.59 pm).

If you would like to discuss this opportunity please contact Mr Mark Ierace SC, Senior Public Defender, for further information about the likely duties of the successful applicants, on (02) 9268 3111.

Applications must be lodged electronically. Please go to iworkfor.nsw.gov.au and search Job Reference Number (000051JO).

Support the fight for justice in Nauru

Mon Aug 21 2017
Charity at the bar

Members are invited to attend a fundraising event for the #Nauru 19 on Friday, 15 September from 5.30pm at Sir Owen Dixon Chambers - Level 64, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Pl. Tickets: By donation of $100. Donations to: www.fundedjustice.com/Nauru19fightforjustice. Proceeds will go to support the pro bono work of the legal team Mark Higgins, Stephen Lawrence, Felicity Graham, Neal Funnell and Christian Hearn, Principal Solicitor of Hearn Legal. RSVP by 14 September: felicitygraham@sirowendixon.com.au. Learn more here.

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Mon Aug 21 2017
Call for papers

The Bar Association's Professional Development Department invites members to submit suggestions and/or abstracts for papers to be included in the association's 2018 CPD Conference series. The conferences will be held on Saturdays in Ballina, Newcastle, Orange, Parramatta and Sydney during February and March.

The dates for 2018 Conferences are:

  • North Coast (Ballina) – Saturday 17 February
  • Parramatta – Saturday 24 February
  • Newcastle – Saturday 10 March
  • Orange – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March
  • Sydney – Saturday 24 March

Suggestions for papers and brief synopses can be submitted to the professional development coordinator, Tiffany McDonald (tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au) Please ensure to include '2018 Regional Conferences' in the email subject line along with the inclusion of a working title and, where possible, a short description or abstract of your suggestion in the email.

Suggestions and abstracts are requested by Friday, 29 September.

Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform

Mon Aug 21 2017
Coming up in CPD - This Week

On 24 August 2017 there will be a CPD seminar on Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform. It will be presented by Professor David Rolph and chaired by Greg Tolhurst, the executive director of the Bar Association. Learn more here

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Mon Aug 21 2017
Coming up in CPD - Tomorrow

Tuesday, August 22 2017: The Commercial Court: Advocacy (oral and written) and bespoke aspects of list practice and procedure Presented by The Honourable Justice David Hammerschlag and chaired by The Honourable Justice James Stevenson.

This Seminar will commence at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common room.

Common Law Practice Update 103

Fri Aug 18 2017
Recent developments

Common Law Practice Update 103 is now available, with case notes on: sections 3 and 94 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW); failure to serve medical reports; failure to inspect and maintain; architect's liability; workplace assault and more. Download CLPU 103.

Current and potential tutors

Fri Aug 18 2017
Coming to the bar

The Bar Association has replaced the Statutory List of Tutors with the Current Tutor List and the Potential Tutor List. The Bar Association recommends that arrangements for seeking a tutor should be initiated between six months to a year before coming to the bar. View both lists here.

Examination and remuneration applications in the Corporations List

Fri Aug 18 2017
Practice and procedure

Practitioners and parties are advised that the registrar will no longer be determining applications for remuneration and issuing examination orders (including orders for production) in chambers. Upon filing these applications, the registry will list these matters before the registrar at 11.00am each Wednesday. Available dates for the hearing of examinations before the registrar will be published on the Supreme Court website. It is expected that parties would have reviewed these dates prior to the listing before the registrar.

Advocacy and Judging: Selected Papers of Murray Gleeson

Fri Aug 18 2017
Book launch

The Federation Press invites members to diarise the launch of: Advocacy and Judging: Selected Papers of Murray Gleeson, on Friday, 8 September 2017 at 5.00pm for 5.15pm-7.00pm. The book will be launched by the Hon Susan Kiefel AC.

  • Venue: Federal Court of Australia, Conference Room, Level 20, Law Courts Building
  • RSVP: (acceptances only) by Friday, 1 September 2017
  • Contact: John Xenos
  • Email: rsvp@federationpress.com.au
  • Phone: (02) 9552 2200

Bar Book Club

Fri Aug 18 2017
Wellbeing

The next meeting of the Bar Book Club will be held on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 at 6.00pm in the Bar Library. The book for discussion will be Based on a True Story, by Delphine de Vigan.