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Commonwealth sets hiring targets for women barristers

Fri Jun 29 2018

Attorney-General Christian Porter has moved to ensure women barristers get a fair slice of Commonwealth briefs by setting hiring targets for all government agencies.

Porter announced today changes to its legal services directions to require Commonwealth related entities "to make all reasonable endeavours to brief or select senior female barristers for at least 25 percent of all briefs and junior female barristers for at least 30 percent of all briefs". The media release can be found here

NSW Inaugural HAL Chapter Oration to be delivered by Justice Gageler AC

Fri Jun 29 2018

The NSW Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association is hosting the Inaugural Chapter Oration to be delivered by the Honourable Justice Gageler AC at the Federal Court of Australia on Monday 20 August 2018.

There are a large number of Judges from both the Federal and the Supreme Courts who have indicated they will be attending. The Association would be delighted to welcome members of the NSW Bar to the event.

There will be a drinks reception after the oration for which there is no charge. For further information please visit

UNSW Law's Biennial Ingram Lecture on International Law and Development

Fri Jun 29 2018

Do developing countries have anything to fear from international environmental law? UNSW Ingram Lecture Tuesday 24 July 2018, 6.15pm Don’t miss out! UNSW Law will welcomes Professor Daniel Bodansky, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University to deliver the 2018 Biennial Ingram Lecture on International Law and Development. Join us as we explore why developing countries have little to fear from international environmental law. Register here. The Lecture will be followed by a networking cocktail reception.

31st LAWASIA Conference 2018 - Information for members - Early Bird Registration Extended

Thu Jun 28 2018
Conferences

Early Bird Registration for the 31st LAWASIA Conference 2018 being held from 2 – 5 November 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia has been extended until 7 July.

DATE: 2 – 5 November 2018, Siem Reap, Cambodia VENUE: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort WEBSITE: https://siemreap2018.com THEME: ‘New Era for South East Asia’

About the conference

The Annual Conference will examine a range of topics, including:

  • the Chinese economic and strategic agenda known as the ‘Belt & Road’
  • the advent of third party funding in arbitration and its effect on the resolution of environmental disputes in South East Asia
  • Foreign Direct Investment in developing Asia
  • tax incentives as a catalyst to economic development in Indochina
  • disability rights in the ESCAP region
  • the interests of young lawyers, providing a forum to raise issues of particular concern to the next generation of practitioners
  • funding the digital economy – the role of financial technology in achieving financial inclusion for sectors of the community in developing countries
  • impact of climate change on human rights
  • EU-ASEAN trade agreements
  • developments in family law disputes in the Asia Pacific region
  • artificial intelligence and the employment law implications
  • intellectual property rights in the Indochinese region; and many more.

Please visit the conference website to register and for more information on travel, accommodation and the conference program

Noura Hussein’s Death Sentence quashed by Sudanese court

Thu Jun 28 2018

Last month the President, Arthur Moses SC, expressed the Association’s support for the #JusticeforNoura campaign and wrote to the Australian government requesting it make diplomatic representations to Sudan on behalf of Ms Noura Hussein. Ms Hussein had been convicted and sentenced to death by the Central Criminal Court of Omdurman for killing her husband in self-defence at the age of 16 after being subjected to forced marriage and rape. The Association is pleased to report that Ms Hussein’s death sentence has now been overturned by a Sudanese appeals court. A revised sentence of five years’ imprisonment has been imposed. Amnesty International has welcomed the news but is calling for legal reform in Sudan as “five years’ imprisonment for acting in self-defence is disproportionate punishment”.

Donate to RACS before 30 June

Thu Jun 28 2018
Philanthropy

Last week, Refugee Week, RACS celebrated the resilience and strength of people who had the agency to get up and go, run for their lives and dare to hope for a life without suffering. There are many people who continue to need our help, your help. Please, be a human rights champion. DONATE TO RACS. RACS is determined to be here for however long it takes, to continue our support of people seeking asylum in Australia through the incredibly challenging legal processes. I respectfully ask you to please DONATE TO RACS before this Saturday, 30 June.

FITTED FOR WORK CLOTHING DRIVE - ENDS TOMORROW

Thu Jun 28 2018
Philanthropy

Clear out your (or your partner’s) closet for a good cause – the Fitted For Work clothing drive. Fitted for Work is a charity that dresses and coaches disadvantaged women for job interviews. Members are asked to raid their (or their partner’s) wardrobes and donate clean, quality work-appropriate clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. Our aim is to dress women in an entire outfit that is professional, suitable for interview and carefully co-ordinated to make clients look and feel good about themselves. Full details of the donation guidelines are available here

30th anniversary Journal of Contract Law conference

Thu Jun 28 2018

Can you feel that all around you? It’s 21st century contract law. It’s been among us now for almost 20 years. It’s a background constant in your professional life. Yet still, you find yourself asking … Do I have a grip on 21st century contract law? Can I handle it? Can I face it? Can I meet its challenges? Do I want to meet it at all? Be brave. Be introduced at the 30th Anniversary Journal of Contract Law Conference. Friday, 27 July 2018 at the NSW State Library. Click the link, see the program and register now!

Wednesday yoga classes resume

Wed Jun 27 2018
Wellbeing

Attention yogis! Bar yoga classes have resumed following the completion of the Bar Practice Course. Classes are held on Wednesdays at 1.00pm in the Bar Common Room. Yogis can pay upfront for the term or on a casual basis. For more information, contact Jolie on m:0414 092 502.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Jun 27 2018

Wednesday, June 27 2018 - DO’s and DONT’s of running a case in Equity

Presented by The Hon Justice Stephen Robb and Jodi Steele. Chaired by Nicholas Kidd SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

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

Just Art: Celebrate creativity at the Law Society of NSW

Tue Jun 26 2018
Wellbeing

Barristers and members of the Bar Association are welcome to join the Law Society for the Just Art exhibition as they reflect on the strengths and vulnerabilities of the justice system through art and creativity. View the finalists of the Just Art competition during the exhibition period. Artworks will be available to purchase to support the Law Society President’s charity for 2018, The Butterfly Foundation. Open from Thursday 28 June to Sunday 1 July at the Law Society Building, Level 2, 170 Phillip Street, Sydney. See their website for opening times and the exhibition catalogue.

Bar Association committees for 2018-19

Tue Jun 26 2018

President Arthur Moses SC has announced the Bar Association committees for 2018-19. The new committees formally come into effect on 2 July 2018. View the full list of appointees here.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Tue Jun 26 2018

Tuesday, June 26 2018 - Tendency evidence including how to approach concoction/contamination

Presented by Tanya Smith, Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor and chaired by Belinda Rigg SC, Public Defender. For full details, please download a flyer here.

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

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Jun 25 2018

Wednesday, June 27 2018 - DO’s and DONT’s of running a case in Equity

Presented by The Hon Justice Stephen Robb and Jodi Steele. Chaired by Nicholas Kidd SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

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

rise2018 National Conference Super special - calling the junior bar - save $745!

Mon Jun 25 2018
Conferences

Limited to the first 50 Junior Bar delegates to register for the Australian Bar Association/New South Wales Bar Association rise2018 National Conference. For further information including the conference program and to register visit the conference website. Special registration includes:

  • two-day full conference access
  • welcome reception at Pier One, Sydney Harbour
  • formal dinner at The Cutaway, Barangaroo
  • conference materials and merchandise

Federal Circuit Court swearing-in

Mon Jun 25 2018

Bruce Smith will be sworn-in as a judge of the Federal Circuit Court at a ceremonial sitting on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at 4.30pm in Courtroom 7C, Level 7, Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street, Sydney. Michael Kearney SC will speak on behalf of the Australian Bar Association and the New South Wales Bar.

2018 Tutors and Readers Dinner

Mon Jun 25 2018
Collegiality

The 2018 Tutors & Readers Dinner was held in the Establishment Ballroom on Friday, 22 June. The Guest of Honour was Her Hon Judge Julia Baird and the Reader Speaker was Tim Senior. The Christopher Gee QC Memorial Prize for Advocacy was presented by Bob Stitt QC to Karen Petch. The other recipient of the award, Anish Basin, was unable to attend on the night.

The 2018 Tutors & Readers Dinner was kindly supported by Bar Cover and organised by the Professional Development Department at the New South Wales Bar Association.

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Mon Jun 25 2018

Tuesday, June 26 2018 - Tendency evidence including how to approach concoction/contamination

Presented by Tanya Smith, Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor and chaired by Belinda Rigg SC, Public Defender. For full details, please download a flyer here.

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

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.

ABA supports Indigenous voice

Fri Jun 22 2018

In its recent submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, the Australian Bar Association says last year’s Uluru Statement from the Heart is "a historic opportunity to remedy the omission of First Nations peoples from the Constitution, their exclusion from the creation of the Australian state and the passage of its founding document". The ABA submission was reported in the National Affairs column of [The Australian].

Vinnies CEO Sleepout a success

Fri Jun 22 2018
Message from President Arthur Moses SC

My thanks to all members of the NSW Bar who made donations for the St Vincent’s homeless appeal. We raised $30,798. A home is a right not a privilege.

Judges in Conversation - Current Issues in Maritime Law

Fri Jun 22 2018

Melbourne Law School is delighted to invite you to the launch of Judges in Conversation - Current Issues in Maritime Law with the Honourable Justice Steven Rares and Professor Martin Davies.

In this Judges in Conversation event, Professor Martin Davies and Justice Steven Rares will address a range of current issues in maritime and admiralty law, including damages for wrongful arrest, recognition of foreign maritime liens, the intersection between cross-border insolvency and admiralty, and the shortcomings of the UNCITRAL Model Law, particularly when circumstances change in relation to the foreign insolvency proceedings.

The lecture will take place at Courtroom 8A, Federal Court of Australia on 305 William St, Melbourne VIC, 3000 between 6-7pm. It will also be live-streamed to the in the following locations:

  • Federal Court of Australia in Sydney at Courtroom 18A Law Courts Building 184 Phillip St Queens Square, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Please register here.
  • Federal Court of Australia in Brisbane at Court 6, Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 119 North Quay Brisbane QLD 4000
  • Please register here.

If you would like to attend the free public event in Melbourne, please register here. If you would like to be notified of any future events, please subscribe to our newsletter here.

Are you sure?

Fri Jun 22 2018

Members are invited to a joint symposium hosted by the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Science on Thursday, 23 August 2018 at 5.00pm on Level 21 of the Law Courts Building, Queens Square. "Are you sure?" will be chaired by Justice Stephen Gageler AC and will compare scientific and legal decision making, assessment of evidence, cause and effect, as well as the presentation and treatment of expert scientific evidence in the courts. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Jun 22 2018

Tuesday, June 26 2018 - Tendency evidence including how to approach concoction/contamination

Presented by Tanya Smith, Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor and chaired by Belinda Rigg SC, Public Defender. For full details, please download a flyer here.

Wednesday, June 27 2018 - DO’s and DONT’s of running a case in Equity

Presented by The Hon Justice Stephen Robb and Jodi Steele. Chaired by Nicholas Kidd SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.

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

For a full list of current CPD events please click here.