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John Brian Goldrick

Wed Sep 13 2017
Vale

John Goldrick, former magistrate and a founding member of 5th Floor Wentworth Chambers, has died. His funeral will be held on Tuesday, 19 September at 1.00pm at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Ridge Street, North Sydney.

Part-time employment opportunities wanted for Indigenous law students

Wed Sep 13 2017
Diversity

Do you need some clerical and administrative assistance to run your practice? If the answer is yes - why not employ an Indigenous law student? There are some first and second year law students currently looking for this opportunity. As part of the Bar Association's Reconciliation Action Plan, all barristers, clerks and chambers are encouraged to identify part-time employment opportunities for 2017 for Indigenous law students. Ideally, this would be for a day or half day a week on a regular basis doing loose-leaf filing, administrative or clerical tasks and includes some mentoring and guidance for the student.

This initiative has been highly successful for a number of Indigenous law students and needs the ongoing support of more members of the Bar to ensure its continued success. Contact with the Bar as well as some financial security significantly contributes to the success of the students at their law studies.

Please contact Chris Ronalds SC on ronalds@fjc.net.au or 9229 7378 if you have any openings or questions. Greg Tolhurst

Executive Director

Out now! Advocacy and Judging: Selected Papers of Murray Gleeson, edited by Hugh Dillon

Wed Sep 13 2017

This volume of speeches by Murray Gleeson, who served as Chief Justice of New South Wales, then of Australia, for two decades, is, as James Spigelman has put it in his foreword, “a testament to judicial leadership”. While his judgments are his most enduring and primary contribution to the law, in hundreds of occasional speeches he explained the role and importance of the rule of law, and of the institutions through which it is maintained.

Although Murray Gleeson is known as a judge, he is also one of our great legal writers. The selected papers are models of elegant expression, clarity of thought, deep contemplation and scholarship. They cover several broad themes: the rule of law, advocacy, judging, legal history, the judiciary as an arm of government, the application of legal principle, and international commercial arbitration.

From the Foreword by the Hon James Spigelman AC, QC

"This volume of speeches is a major part of the foundation that Murray Gleeson has bequeathed to his successors. It will be drawn on by lawyers and judges for generations to come."

How to Order

To order online, click here.

  • Hardback/540pp
  • ISBN 9781760021474
  • Australian RRP $160.00

Phone: 02 9552 2200 Email: info@federationpress.com.au

Bar Association annual general meeting

Tue Sep 12 2017
Governance

The Bar Association’s AGM will be held on Thursday, 2 November at 5.00pm, in the Common Room. The election ballot closes at 1.00pm that day and counting commences on the morning of Friday, 3 November, with announcement of the results via In Brief later that day.

Lifetime Care enews: Issue 94

Tue Sep 12 2017

The Lifetime Care & Support Authority publishes a newsletter, lifetime care enews. Issue 94, September 2017, is now available and includes information about the launch of the new icare website, new forms and documents, an Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit, developed by the ACI State Spinal Cord injury Service, which has a range of tools and resources to support clinicians in understanding and managing psychosocial issues associated with spinal cord injury. View Lifetime Care enews No 94

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

Tue Sep 12 2017
Social events

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.

Spam email alert: an email purporting to be from the Australian Bar Association

Tue Sep 12 2017
Digital security

A spam email purporting to be from the Australian Bar Association (ABA) is currently circulating among email accounts. The email requests immediate payment for an outstanding invoice. The subject line for the spam email is “Membership Invoice From Australian Bar Association”. If you receive this email please delete it immediately and do not open any attachments.

For more information on this spam email please contact ABA Public Affairs and Communications Manager Mick Paskos on 0412 201 044 or via mpaskos@onmessage.com.au. A copy of this spam email alert can be found here. For more information on internet and other types of scams, please see ASIC’s Scam Watch website at https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/

2017 Justice 4 Refugees Cocktail Evening

Tue Sep 12 2017
Charity at the New South Wales Bar

On behalf of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS), the New South Wales Bar Association invites all members of the NSW Bar to be our guest at the Justice 4 Refugees (J4R) Cocktail Evening on Wednesday 11 October 2017, 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. Guest Speakers include The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs.

The New South Wales Bar Council has resolved to be a RACS Fundraising Partner. The J4R Cocktail Evening aims to raise funds and celebrate the work of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service who for more than 30 years has been actively protecting and advocating for the rights of people seeking asylum in Australia.

All proceeds raised on the evening will be donated directly to the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS).

Should you wish for more information or to attend this event, please forward your RSVP to rsvp@nswbar.asn.au by Wednesday 4 October 2017 - Spaces are strictly limited

CIArb Annual Dinner

Mon Sep 11 2017
Social events

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia will hold their annual dinner on Saturday, 7 October 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Learn more here.

NSW Bar reclaims both Suncorp Perpetual Trophies

Mon Sep 11 2017
Bar sports

On Saturday, 9 September 2017, approximately 45 barristers drawn from the Queensland, Victoria and NSW Bars gathered at Sydney University to mark the 10th Anniversary of fierce but friendly football rivalry. At stake was the Suncorp Perpetual Trophies and, most importantly, pride! However, before the festival of the boot commenced at 1 pm, at the Sports Law Conference chaired by Justice Geoff Lindsay, we were treated to entertaining opening remarks by Justice Anna Katzmann followed by Alan Sullivan QC who gave us an insight into the fascinating world of FIFA ethics and then by Professor Deborah Healey who provided some interesting commentary on aspects of doping in sport. The conference concluded with a delightful review by Graham Turnbull SC on aspects of “natural justice” as it applies to sport.

The opening game in the Tri-State series was between Queensland and Victoria. It was a very even contest reflected ultimately in a hard fought 1 all draw. Best and Fairest on field for Queensland was Jens Streit and for Victoria, Michael Kats. The fixture was officiated by Simon Burchett.

The next game was between NSW and Queensland. In what turned out to be a lop-sided contest, NSW won easily, 7-2. Best and Fairest on field for NSW was Richard Di Michiel who scored a hat-trick and for Queensland, Craig Bolger (of the NSW Bar, on loan). The fixture was officiated by David Patch.

The last game of the day saw NSW back up against a Victorian team fresh from an hour’s break. The Victorians always have a little something in reserve for NSW and, in what turned out to be a competitive performance, NSW just prevailed in a 3-2 result. Best and Fairest on field for NSW was Jeh Coutinho (Clerk, Banco Chambers) and for Victoria, Chris Archibald. The fixture was officiated by Anthony Lo Surdo SC.

In the end, NSW performed a clean and clinical sweep to reclaim both Suncorp Perpetual Trophies. The Sports Law Conference and the games will be held in Melbourne in 2018.

A donation of $1500 representing the proceeds of the day has been made to CanTeen to assist young people dealing with cancer.

A full report with photos will appear in the next edition of Bar News.

Presenting on the Equitable Briefing Policy

Mon Sep 11 2017
Diversity

The Diversity & Equality Committee and the Women Barristers Forum invites members interested in presenting a Equitable Briefing Policy Seminar to members of their floor to attend a ‘How to’ seminar. The seminar will be held on 19 September 2017 at 5:15pm. Registration is essential as places are strictly limited. Please register with Ting Lim, Policy Lawyer at tlim@nswbar.asn.au

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Mon Sep 11 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.

Yes! Lawyers for Equality

Fri Sep 08 2017
#MarriageEquality

Richard Cobden SC and some interstate colleagues have started a group called YES! Lawyers for Equality. It is not a formal organisation; it is a list of lawyers (barristers, solicitors, in-house counsel, students) who want actively to assist in the Yes vote. If you would like to join the group, simply send an email to marriageequality@richardcobden.com. The only conditions are that you agree to go on the mailing list to be updated about the Yes Campaign, and opportunities to assist with it; and send a $100 donation (at least; in fact those joining the list are making very substantial and much-appreciated donations) to the official Yes Campaign organisation (tax deductible, details are supplied when you sign up). Names will not be published without further consent.

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Fri Sep 08 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.

Fitness First - September launch offer

Fri Sep 08 2017
Services and benefits

Members of the Bar Association can take advantage of the latest offer from Fitness First and the ABA Member Benefits Scheme. Fitness First is offering $0 start-up fee for the month of September and ongoing 10% off the standard membership rates available to the public on 12 or 18 month passport, Platinum & Black label memberships plans. Learn more here.

Bench and Bar Lunch tomorrow

Fri Sep 08 2017
Services and benefits

Registrations have now closed for tomorrow's Bench and Bar Lunch at the Sky Phoenix, Level 6, Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt Street between 12.45pm and 2.15pm. However, you can still pay on the day, via cash or cheque. The cost is $30 per head, not including drinks. Bench and Bar lunches are an informal and collegial gathering of barristers and judges.

Indigenous Justice: Five Reasons We Fail

Fri Sep 08 2017
Papers to note

Magistrate Cathy McLennan has published a thought-provoking paper, Indigenous Justice- Five Reasons We Fail, in which her Honour observes: "Determining why the rate of Indigenous imprisonment continues to rise is of vital importance, because there are real human beings behind those statistics". Download and view a copy of the paper here.

BarADR Mediation Accreditation is now open

Fri Sep 08 2017
BarADR

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, offers accreditation to members under the National Mediation Accreditation System. Applications are now open and can be made online here. For assistance with using the online system, please use this guide.

Applications are sought from members of the Bar who hold a current practising certificate with 5 years' experience wishing to become an accredited mediator or be re-accredited as a mediator as well as those who may wish for their names to be included on the Bar Association's list of Supreme Court mediators for 2018-19.

You may apply to become an accredited mediator and not apply for your name to be included on the Association's court lists - the application provides you the option. Please note however that you must be accredited by the Bar Association should you wish your name to appear on either Court list.

Please contact Reception on (02) 9232 4055 Megan Batchelor at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au if you have any queries.

2017 Justice 4 Refugees Cocktail Evening

Thu Sep 07 2017
Charity at the New South Wales Bar

On behalf of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS), the New South Wales Bar Association invites all members of the NSW Bar to be our guest at the Justice 4 Refugees (J4R) Cocktail Evening on Wednesday 11 October 2017, 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. Guest Speakers include The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs.

The New South Wales Bar Council has resolved to be a RACS Fundraising Partner. The J4R Cocktail Evening aims to raise funds and celebrate the work of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service who for more than 30 years has been actively protecting and advocating for the rights of people seeking asylum in Australia.

All proceeds raised on the evening will be donated directly to the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS).

Should you wish for more information or to attend this event, please forward your RSVP to rsvp@nswbar.asn.au by Wednesday 4 October 2017 - Spaces are strictly limited

Receive 15% off your membership with Goodlife Health Clubs

Thu Sep 07 2017
Services and benefits

Members of the Bar Association can receive 15% off their membership with Goodlife Health Clubs. Whether you want to work out in the gym, train with a fitness professional or get moving in a Group Fitness class, Goodlife can help you achieve your health and fitness goals (Terms and conditions apply). You can find a Goodlife Health Club in Level 4, No 1 Martin Place and Level 6, Westfield Parramatta. To find out more, or to take advantage of this offer visit the ABA Member Benefits web site.

Presenting on the Equitable Briefing Policy

Thu Sep 07 2017
Diversity

The Diversity & Equality Committee and the Women Barristers Forum invites members interested in presenting a Equitable Briefing Policy Seminar to members of their floor to attend a ‘How to’ seminar. The seminar will be held on 19 September 2017 at 5:15pm. Registration is essential as places are strictly limited. Please register with Ting Lim, Policy Lawyer at tlim@nswbar.asn.au

Concurrent Expert Evidence in the United States

Thu Sep 07 2017
International practice

Adam Butt of 8th Floor Wentworth Chambers was on 18 August 2017 admitted to the New York Bar. While in the US, Adam presented a paper on the merits of concurrent expert evidence ("hot tubbing") to an audience of US federal judges and lawyers in the US Federal Court, Portland, Oregon. The presentation advocated the merits of "hot tubbing", indicating the role it can play in the US where, unlike Australia and other common law and international jurisdictions, it is not an established practice.

Ethics and ADR

Thu Sep 07 2017
Seminars

Members are invited to hear Mary Walker discuss "Ethics & ADR" at an evening seminar hosted by the Australian Disputes Centre on Thursday, 7 September 2017 from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. Among the special guests will be representatives from 20 law societies from across China. For more information about the ADC's Evening Seminar Series, or to register, click here.