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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.

Claire Palmer - inaugural recipient of the Katrina Dawson Award

Thu Aug 17 2017
Katrina Dawson Award

The New South Wales Bar Association, in conjunction with the Katrina Dawson Foundation, is pleased to announce that Claire Palmer has been awarded the inaugural Katrina Dawson Award. Claire has first class honours degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Sydney, was a visiting student at NYU School of Law and was awarded a Clarendon scholarship to the University of Oxford to complete an MPhil and DPhil in International Relations. She has worked as associate to the Honourable Justice Tamberlin and spent two years at Allens-Linklaters. Claire will join the September 2017 Bar Practice Course.

Freedom of Speech and the Case for Defamation Law Reform

Thu Aug 17 2017
Save the date

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

2017 Common Law Drinks - RSVPs extended until Friday 18 August

Thu Aug 17 2017
Bar Social Events

Judges, barristers and clerks are invited to attend the 2017 Common Law Drinks on Thursday, 24 August. The drinks will be held in the Verandah Restaurant & Wine Bar, 55-65 Elizabeth St, Sydney. The drinks mark the 89th anniversary the momentous event in common law where Mrs Mary May Donoghue drinking ginger beer from the tumbler which, it was claimed, contained the remains of a decomposed snail. The guest speaker on the evening will be the Hon Justice Ian Harrison of the Supreme Court of NSW. Drinks begin at 5.30pm and cost $75 for judges and barristers over 5 years and $55 for barristers under 5 years and clerks.

RSVPs extended till Friday, 18 August 2017

For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Bar Knitting Group

Thu Aug 17 2017
Wellbeing

The Bar Knitting Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. All interested barristers are invited to attend the next meeting on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 from 6.00pm in the Bar Library. Bring your own needles and wool. 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. Refreshments will be served.

Gender Equitable Briefing

Thu Aug 17 2017
CPD Online

If you missed last night's Facebook Live streaming of the Gender Equitable Briefing, fear not! The seminar is now available via CPD Streaming. Relevant materials on Gender Equitable Briefing and the Guide to Reporting for Barristers can be found on the Bar Association's website.

Remedies for promissory estoppel and proprietary estoppel

Thu Aug 17 2017
Coming up in CPD - Tonight

"Equitable estoppel" – when a defendant’s conduct gives rise to an "equity in favour of a plaintiff, how is the plaintiff’s equity to be vindicated? What are the distinctive features of the various forms of estoppel which may be classed as "equitable"? Presented by the Honourable Justice Julie Ward, chief judge in Equity and chaired by Elizabeth Cheeseman SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

2018 Conferences - invitation for abstracts and papers

Thu Aug 17 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.

Lifetimes in Law: Ronalds AM SC

Wed Aug 16 2017
Personalia

Chris Ronalds AM SC is the subject of the latest "Lifetimes in Law" profile piece. Chris relates her experience as a junior barrister at a time when there was only a relative handful of women at the bar. She also discusses her most notable cases, including the Palm Island decision from the Federal Court, in which it was held that Queensland police officers had racially discriminated against the residents of Palm Island following an indigenous death in custody.

HAL International Conference Rhodes, Greece 2018

Wed Aug 16 2017
Conferences

Hellenic Australian Lawyers (HAL) Association is hosting an international conference on “Contemporary Legal Issues and the Influence of Hellenism” at the Sheraton Rhodes Resort, Greece on 9-12 July 2018. HAL is privileged to have Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC as the keynote speaker. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register early. The number of places available is limited. Registrations and expressions of interest to date suggest the conference is likely to be closed before the first early bird registration date of 24 October 2017. A number of tours, included in the registration fee, have been organised for delegates and accompanying persons. Further details are available at www.hal.asn.au/rhodes-conference/

Equitable briefing seminar to be live-streamed

Wed Aug 16 2017
Coming up in CPD - tonight

Wednesday, August 16 2017: Reporting under the National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy: A practical guidance seminar

Presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Jane Needham SC. Chaired by Kate Richardson SC. For full details please download a flyer here. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the seminar. Please register for catering purposes. To register please contact Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au If you are not able to attend in person, you will be able to view the seminar via livestream via the Bar Association's Facebook page. This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Diversity & Equality Committee and the Women Barristers Forum.

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

Lifetimes in Law: Ronalds AM SC

Wed Aug 16 2017
Personalia

Chris Ronalds AM SC is the subject of the latest "Lifetimes in Law" profile piece. Chris relates her experience as a junior barrister at a time when there were only a relative handful of women at the bar. She also discusses her most notable cases, including the Palm Island decision from the Federal Court, in which it was held that Queensland police officers had racially discriminated against the residents of Palm Island following an indigenous death in custody.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Wed Aug 16 2017
Coming up in CPD - Tomorrow

Thursday, August 17 2017: Remedies for promissory estoppel and proprietary estoppel

Presented by The Honourable Justice Julie Kathryn Ward, Chief Judge in Equity and chaired by Elizabeth Cheeseman SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 20 October 2017

Wed Aug 16 2017

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our hosts Magistrate Stafford and Magistrate Tsavdaridis for breakfast in Parramatta on 20 October 2017 from 8am. The breakfast will be held at the Legal Grind Café, 9 George Street, Parramatta.

Drop in for a short(or long) time from 8:00am – 9:30am.

So that an appropriate area can be set aside please indicate if you might be able to attend by emailing Corrie Goodhand, 8th Floor Selborne Chambers, at: cgoodhand@eightselborne.com.

TONIGHT - Equitable briefing seminar will be live-streamed

Wed Aug 16 2017
Diversity

On 16 August 2017 the Bar Association will host a seminar, which will be a practical guide on reporting under the Gender Equitable Briefing Policy. It will cover the type of data required under the policy, how to complete your worksheet and submit your report to the Bar Association. The seminar will be presented by Arthur Moses SC, Kate Eastman SC and Jane Needham SC and chaired by Kate Richardson SC. It will also be live streamed via the Bar Association's Facebook page.