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Australian Bar Association Member Newsletter October 2017

Fri Oct 06 2017

The Australian Bar Association has released the October 2017 edition of its member newsletter, which includes pieces on the 2017 ABA International Conference, the farewell to the Chief Justice of the Victorian Supreme Court the Hon Marilyn Warren AC and an update on the work of the Advocacy Training Council, among other things. Read more

Mediation accreditation 2017 - Applications close today

Fri Oct 06 2017
BarADR

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, offers accreditation to members under the National Mediation Accreditation System. Applications close today at 5pm.

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 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.

To apply, please click here. For help with using the online system, please refer to this user guide.

Your user name and password are your usual Bar Association member details. Please contact Recpetion on (02) 9232 4055 Megan Batchelor at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au if you have any queries or require your login details.

2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – All welcome

Fri Oct 06 2017
Charity at the bar

Members and their friends are invited to the 2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 27 October at Verandah Restaurant. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with amazing prizes to be won!

Raffle tickets will also be available to pre-purchase from early October at the Bar Association Reception. RSVP for the breakfast today, RSVPs will be accepted until Wednesday 18 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact the Associations, Events Coordinator Erika Childs on ph: (02) 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there. RSVPS Close 18 October 2017.

2017 Golden Gavel Final - Friday 20 October 6.30-10.30pm

Fri Oct 06 2017

Billed as the "Eurovision of the Legal Profession", the 2017 National Golden Gavel Competition Final will be held on the Clearview Glass Boat in Sydney Harbour, on Friday 20 October from 6.30pm. Hosted by NSW Young Lawyers this highly anticipated and outrageously funny event will feature the Golden Gavel finalists from each state, battling it out for the national title. With only 24 hours to prepare, get ready to be entertained by the quick wit and humour of some of Australia’s top young lawyers.

Booking information and further details are available here

Swearing-in ceremony for Jane Costigan

Thu Oct 05 2017
Appointments

Jane Costigan will be sworn-in at a ceremonial sitting of the Federal Circuit Court on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 at 9.30am. The ceremony will be held in Courtroom 3, Floor 4, Federal Circuit Court of Australia, 61 Bolton Street, Newcastle. Members will be advised of further details closer to the date.

Macarthur Legal Centre Awards Night

Thu Oct 05 2017

Members are invited to Macarthur Legal Centre’s 30th Anniversary Awards Night, which is coming up on Friday, 3 November 2017 at 6:00pm in Wests Leagues Club, 10 Old Leumeah Road, Leumeah. Special guests will be in attendance, such as local members of parliament, Chief Justice Tom Bathurst AC, shadow attorney general Paul Lynch MP and founding members of Macarthur Legal Centre including Professor Simon Rice, Julia Hall and Justice Anthony Payne. Dress Code: Business Attire. RSVP: By Tuesday 10 October 2017 to mjozwiak@maclegal.net.au

Swearing-in ceremony for Hugh Donnelly

Thu Oct 05 2017
Appointments

Hugh Donnelly will be sworn-in as a magistrate of the Local Court of NSW on Monday, 16 October 2017 at 9.00am in courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Members will be advised of further details closer to the date.

CPD: Coming up in October 2017

Thu Oct 05 2017

Monday, October 16 2017: 'Crossing the line: Behaviour that gets barristers into trouble' Presented by Kate Eastman SC and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar will be livestreamed to members via the CPD Online platform at: https://www.nswbar.asn.au/live-stream/members

Thursday, October 19 2017: 'Choice of Court Agreements under an International Civil Law Act' Presented by Michael Douglas, University of Sydney Law School and chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here. Please note this is a lunchtime seminar, commencing at 1 pm.

Tuesday, October 24 2017: 'The Uluru Statement – First Nations Voice towards achieving sovereignty' Introduced by Susan Phillips. Presented by Professor Megan Davis, Noel Pearson and Professor Rosalind Dixon. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

This seminar is a joint initiative of the NSW Judicial Commission Ngara Yura Committee, the NSW Bar Association Indigenous Barristers’ Trust and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committee. Please register for catering purposes. To register please contact Ting Lim at tlim@nswbar.asn.au.

All seminars will commence at 5.15 pm in the Bar Association Common Room, unless otherwise noted.

Senior Counsel Scroll Ceremony

Thu Oct 05 2017

Newly appointed Senior Counsel will be presented with their appointment scrolls on 23 October 2017 at 5.15pm in the Bar Association’s Common Room, with the scrolls being presented by Bathurst CJ at 5.45pm. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend the function. Please RSVP to Erika Childs by email echilds@nswbar.asn.au or phone 9232 4055 by Monday, 16 October 2017.

G J Tolhurst

Executive Director

Save the date : 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Thu Oct 05 2017

The 2018 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 3 March. The conference offers 5 CPD points.

Speaker details and online registration will be made available over the coming weeks. These will be advertised in In Brief as well as on the NSW Bar Association Website.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department on 02 9232 4919 or via e-mail cpd@nswbar.asn.au

Coming up in CPD this week.

Thu Oct 05 2017

Thursday, October 19 2017: 'Choice of Court Agreements under an International Civil Law Act' Presented by Michael Douglas, University of Sydney Law School and chaired by Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Please note this is a lunchtime seminar, commencing at 1 pm.

Vicarious trauma

Wed Oct 04 2017
Wellbeing

Last night the SBS Insight program featured barristers discussing vicarious trauma and the impact of working on criminal trials. View the program here.

The Uluru Statement

Wed Oct 04 2017
Law reform and public affairs

Members are invited a discussion on the Uluru Statement From the Heart, which was issued on 26 May 2017 at the First Nations' National Constitutional Convention. This seminar is a joint initiative of the NSW Judicial Commission Ngara Yura Committee, the Bar Association's Indigenous Barristers’ Trust and the Law Society of NSW Indigenous Issues Committee. It will be held on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 at 5.15pm in the Common Room.

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 20 October 2017

Wed Oct 04 2017

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our hosts His Honour Judge J Bennett SC 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.

New Barristers' Committee Breakfast in Parramatta - 20 October 2017

Wed Oct 04 2017

The New Barristers’ Committee invites you to join our hosts His Honour Judge J Bennett SC 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.

Spring Drive-Away Deals with MBA Car Assist

Wed Oct 04 2017
Member services and benefits

Members of the Bar Association have access to MBA Car Assist. Members wishing to purchase a prestige vehicle from available partner brands have access to corporate program benefits. Simply make an enquiry and MBA can provide you with the letter of eligibility that you require. Regardless of what car you wish to purchase, MBA offer a free and easy car buying service that finds you a competitive price on the car you select. The MBA Car Buying Service can also assist you with the paperwork and administration and can provide you with competitive finance quotes, and even organise delivery of your new car to your home or workplace if you wish. Learn more here.

2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast – All welcome

Wed Oct 04 2017
Charity at the bar

Members and their friends are invited to the 2017 Pink & Blue Ribbon Breakfast on Friday, 27 October at Verandah Restaurant. Come and enjoy a two-course breakfast and help raise money for two wonderful charities. There will also be a fabulous raffle drawn on the morning with amazing prizes to be won!

Raffle tickets will also be available to pre-purchase from early October at the Bar Association Reception. RSVP for the breakfast today, RSVPs will be accepted until Wednesday 18 October unless sold out prior.

Click here for all the event details including updated details on the amazing raffle organised by the Diversity and Equality Committee.

If you are unable to attend the breakfast, you may still make a donation to these worthy causes via the registration process. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Tax receipts will be issued by the charities following the events. To donate, please click here.

Supporting charities

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the leading community-funded national organisation in Australia raising money for research into prevention and cure of breast cancer. Research programs funded by the NBCF cover every aspect of breast cancer, from increasing understanding of genetics to providing better treatments and improving ways to support women and their families. The NBCF relies almost entirely on corporate and community support to continue its work.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. The PCFA focuses on funding innovative research, support, information and advocacy for men with prostate cancer and raising awareness across the community. PCFA operates over 100 supports groups Australia wide who provide support and advocacy, via the phone or face to face to men and their families affected by prostate cancer. These groups meet regularly and provide a meeting forum for the exchange of experiences, ideas and news as well as an invaluable support network.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact the Associations, Events Coordinator Erika Childs on ph: (02) 9232 4055. We look forward to seeing you there. RSVPS Close 18 October 2017.

Nominations for 2018 Bar Council

Wed Oct 04 2017
Governance

Members are reminded that nominations for the 2018 Bar Council must be received by the Returning Officer by 4.00pm on Monday, 9 October 2017.

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 Michelle Nisbet at the Bar Association on ph 9232 4055, or e-mail mnisbet@nswbar.asn.au.

  • Greg Tolhurst
  • Executive Director & Returning Officer

Attention all yogis - classes return on 11 October

Wed Oct 04 2017
Wellbeing

Yoga classes in the Common Room resume next Wednesday, 11 October 2017 at 1.00pm and will run until 13 December. All levels of experience welcome. You may pay upfront for the term or attend on a casual basis. Call Jolie 0414 092 502 for any enquiries.

New powers for continuing detention

Wed Oct 04 2017
Law reform and public affairs

The New South Wales Government has announced its intention to legislate for continuing preventative detention of prisoners who pose a terror risk at the completion of their sentence. Learn more here.

2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and Centenary Conference

Wed Oct 04 2017

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture will delivered by The Hon James Allsop AO, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia on 1 November 2017 at 5.30 pm in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room.

The 2017 Annual Lecture will be preceded by the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference, to celebrate the life and times of the late Sir Maurice Byers CBE QC on the occasion of the centenary of his birth. The Conference will be held from 2.00pm - 5.00pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room. To view the 2017 conference program please click here.

All are welcome to attend.

Click hereTo RSVP for your place at the 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference.

The 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture is convened by The NSW Bar Association. For more information about the Maurice Byers Annual Lecture please contact the NSW Bar Association on 02 9232 4055. The Maurice Byers Centenary Conference is convened by Maurice Byers Chambers. For more information about the Conference please contact Andrew Naylor or Melissa Brown on 02 8233 0300.

2017 Justice 4 Refugees Cocktail Evening - RSVP's Close tonight!

Wed Oct 04 2017
Charity at the 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

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

Wed Oct 04 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.

Legal Aid News for October

Tue Oct 03 2017

Legal Aid News for October 2017 is out now. There is a feature article on Legal Aid's partnership with LawAccess NSW, the Indigenous List at the Federal Circuit Court in Sydney and the rollout of the Safer Pathway program to seven new locations. There's news for panel lawyers, updates on community legal education and resources, as well as courses and conferences. You can view the newsletter here.