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TONIGHT - The Redfern Park Speech 25 years on

Mon Mar 26 2018

When ABC Radio National announced the results of its Unforgettable Speeches competition, the winner was "I Have a Dream", by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Third place went to The Redfern Address, by the former prime minister, Paul Keating.

On 26 March 2018 at 5.15pm, the New South Wales Bar Association will mark the 25th Anniversary of what some argue is the greatest political speech in Australian history. The purpose is to highlight issues confronting indigenous people in the NSW legal and health systems. The event, which has been rescheduled from last December, will be held in the Common Room. Confirmed speakers are Bunja Smith, chairperson, Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and Le Verne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Redfern. Learn more here.

CPD Record Form

Mon Mar 26 2018

Members are reminded to accrue 10 points worth of continuing professional development (CPD) activities each year. In addition to completing sufficient CPD activities between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, you are required to maintain a record and retain in for three years in accordance with rule 12 of the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Barristers) Rules 2015. A newly updated CPD Record Form makes it easier to record, amend and save your CPD activity. The new form is available on the NSW Bar website and attached here for your convenience.

Coming up in CPD this week

Mon Mar 26 2018

Tuesday, March 27 2018 -The Boundaries Between Fact and Law in Administrative Law

Presented by Kristina Stern SC and Matt Sherman. 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.

Criminal justice system 'on its knees'

Fri Mar 23 2018
Law reform and public affairs

The Times has reported that the criminal justice system in England is 'on its knees' ahead of the planned introduction of a new flat-fee scheme on April 1. The president of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC, has warned via Twitter that a similar crisis confronts the criminal justice system in NSW. Once the profession can no longer subsidise the system through unpaid work, further delays and miscarriages of justice are likely. View the Times article here.

Review of High Court registry operations and case management system

Fri Mar 23 2018

The High Court is reviewing its registry operations and case management system with a particular emphasis on current and future electronic needs. The court is seeking to obtain the views and assistance of external users of the system. An online form has been designed to allow external users to participate in the review. The online form can be found here. The deadline for responses is Friday, 6 April 2018. Enquiries can be sent to enquiries@hcourt.gov.au or ph: (02) 6270 6857.

Legal adviser to the Senate Regulations and Ordinances Committee

Fri Mar 23 2018
Positions vacant

The Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances is seeking expressions of interest for the position of legal adviser to the committee. The legal adviser examines all legislative instruments that come before the committee and provides the committee with an independent legal assessment of their compliance with the committee's scrutiny principles, working closely with the committee’s secretariat. The Legal Adviser is engaged as an independent contractor, not an employee. The closing date for expressions of interest is Monday, 30 April 2018.

Trust money account – Fees in advance – External Examination report due 7 June 2018

Fri Mar 23 2018

Any barrister who has, in the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, received fees in advance – that is, as described in the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 (the LPULAR), money on account of legal costs for legal services in advance of the provision by the barrister of the legal services – must appoint an External Examiner to carry out an examination of the clause 15 account for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. Clause 15(2) of the LPULAR also requires that a copy of the External Examination report be provided to the Bar Council by no later than 7 June 2018. The External Examination report template, which has been amended from 2017, is available on the Bar Association’s website under the heading ‘Fees in Advance’ here.

It is essential that a barrister who receives fees in advance examines clause 15 of the LPULAR in detail. Links to the legislation can be found on the Bar Association website by following this link.

Barristers who have previously notified the Bar Association of the opening of a trust money account will be sent letters containing instructions on how to appoint an external examiner shortly.

Any questions? Please contact the Bar Association’s Legal Officer, Angela Huang, on (02) 9232 4055 or pcd@nswbar.asn.au.

Retirement of the Hon Justice Carolyn Simpson

Fri Mar 23 2018
Retirement

On Tuesday, 27 March 2018 the Supreme Court of NSW will hold a ceremonial sitting to mark the retirement of the Hon Justice Carolyn Simpson. The ceremony will take place in the Banco Court at 9.15am. President Arthur Moses SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Barristers should wear wigs and gowns. Senior counsel should wear full-bottomed wigs.

Save the date: the inaugural Bathurst Lecture

Fri Mar 23 2018

On 3 May 2018, the Commercial Law Section will be holding its flagship event for the year, the inaugural Bathurst lecture, named in honour of the Hon T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW.

The speaker will be the Hon Murray Gleeson AC QC, former Chief Justice of Australia and Chief Justice of NSW. He is speaking on the topic: “Advocate, Judge and Arbitrator: Perspectives on Commercial Law.” For full details, please download a flyer here.

The lecture will take place in the Banco Court at 5:15 pm.

2018 Sydney Conference tomorrow

Fri Mar 23 2018

The 2018 Sydney CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 24 March. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here.

The conference will run from 9.00am - 5.00pm on Level 3 of the Hilton Hotel George Street. Full attendance over will attract 6 CPD points.

Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, click HERE.

For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Mar 23 2018

Tuesday, March 27 2018 -The Boundaries Between Fact and Law in Administrative Law

Presented by Kristina Stern SC and Matt Sherman. Details to follow.


POSTPONED: Wednesday, March 28 2018 - Advocacy and the Vulnerable witness

Presented by Craig Smith SC and Kara Shead SC. Please note, this presentation will be included in the 2018 Sydney Conference on Saturday 24 March at the Hilton Hotel George Street.


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.

Monday, 26 March - The Redfern Park Speech 25 years on

Fri Mar 23 2018

When ABC Radio National announced the results of its Unforgettable Speeches competition, the winner was "I Have a Dream", by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Third place went to The Redfern Address, by the former prime minister, Paul Keating.

On 26 March 2018 at 5.15pm, the New South Wales Bar Association will mark the 25th Anniversary of what some argue is the greatest political speech in Australian history. The purpose is to highlight issues confronting indigenous people in the NSW legal and health systems. The event, which has been rescheduled from last December, will be held in the Common Room. Confirmed speakers are Bunja Smith, chairperson, Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and Le Verne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Redfern. Learn more here.

Stephen Gardiner in 2018 Beyond Bitumen Tour

Thu Mar 22 2018
Philanthropy

Later today Stephen Gardiner of Waratah Chambers embarks on The 2018 Beyond Bitumen Tour, a charity car event proudly supporting BEYONDBLUE to help achieve a greater awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide in our society. They will venture over 1400kms to help spread the word that we do not have to fight mental illness alone. The rally raised $300,000.00 last year. If you can I am asking that you help support Beyondblue to continue their work. All donations go directly to Beyondblue as participants in the rally pay their own way. Donations can be made here.

Larapinta trek launched to raise funds for Katrina Dawson Foundation

Thu Mar 22 2018
Philanthropy

The Katrina Dawson Foundation & Huma Charity Challenge have launched a guided walk along the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia to raise awareness of and funds for the foundation established in honour of the late Katrina Dawson. The trek will take place in May 2018. Find out more here.

Request for barristers to judge Senior Mooting Competition at UNSW

Thu Mar 22 2018
Wellbeing

The Allens Linklaters Senior Mooting Competition is open to senior law students at UNSW. The Competition Directors are requesting the assistance of barristers to volunteer as judges in the preliminary rounds between 9–20 April 2018.

Moots will be held at the UNSW CBD Campus on O’Connell Street, or the UNSW Kensington Campus in the Law Building (depending on your preference). We can arrange for moots to start at 6pm, 6.30pm or 7pm. Moots run for between 90 mins to 2 hours.

This round’s problem question covers Federal Constitutional Law. Particular expertise in this area is not necessary – a detailed bench memorandum will be provided to you in advance.

Our Competition depends for its success on the generosity of experienced advocates. Your time would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please fill out this very short registration form.

If you have any questions, please contact Fiona and Matthew, the Competition Directors, at senior.mooting@unswlawsoc.org.

Toongabbie Legal Centre CPDs

Thu Mar 22 2018

Toongabbie Legal Centre will host a number of one-day CPD events in both Martin Place and western Sydney in coming weeks.

TLC is a community legal centre located in Toongabbie in the heart of Western Sydney. TLC is in its tenth year of providing legal advice and assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged people. The president of Court of Appeal, the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, is their patron.

Coming up in CPD next week

Thu Mar 22 2018

Monday, March 26 2018 - 25 Years On: Redfern Park Speech

Presented by LaVerne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-Operative and Bunja Smith, Chair, Aboriginal Legal Service. Chaired by Arthur Moses SC.For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 27 2018 -The Boundaries Between Fact and Law in Administrative Law

Presented by Kristina Stern SC and Matt Sherman. Details to follow.


POSTPONED: Wednesday, March 28 2018 - Advocacy and the Vulnerable witness

Presented by Craig Smith SC and Kara Shead SC. Please note, this presentation will be included in the 2018 Sydney Conference on Saturday 24 March at the Hilton Hotel George Street.


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.

Next week: The Redfern Park Speech 25 years on

Thu Mar 22 2018

When ABC Radio National announced the results of its Unforgettable Speeches competition, the winner was "I Have a Dream", by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Third place went to The Redfern Address, by the former prime minister, Paul Keating.

On 26 March 2018 at 5.15pm, the New South Wales Bar Association will mark the 25th Anniversary of what some argue is the greatest political speech in Australian history. The purpose is to highlight issues confronting indigenous people in the NSW legal and health systems. The event, which has been rescheduled from last December, will be held in the Common Room. Confirmed speakers are Bunja Smith, chairperson, Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and Le Verne Bellear, CEO, Aboriginal Medical Service Co-operative Redfern. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Thu Mar 22 2018

Thursday, March 22 2018 - Data on women appearances in NSW Courts

Presented by Richard Scruby SC and Brenda Tronson. Chaired by Kate Eastman SC. For full details, please download a flyer here. This seminar has been organised by the Women Barristers Forum and the Diversity & Equality Committee.

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

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

2018 Sydney Conference this weekend

Thu Mar 22 2018

The 2018 Sydney CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 24 March. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here.

The conference will run from 9.00am - 5.00pm on Level 3 of the Hilton Hotel George Street. Full attendance over will attract 6 CPD points. Early bird registrations at the discounted price have now closed. However, you can still register at the normal price by calling 02 9232 4919.

Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, click HERE. For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Save the date: the inaugural Bathurst Lecture

Wed Mar 21 2018

On 3 May 2018, the Commercial Law Section will be holding its flagship event for the year, the inaugural Bathurst lecture, named in honour of the Hon T F Bathurst AC, Chief Justice of NSW.

The speaker will be the Hon Murray Gleeson AC QC, former Chief Justice of Australia and Chief Justice of NSW. He is speaking on the topic: “Advocate, Judge and Arbitrator: Perspectives on Commercial Law.” For full details, please download a flyer here.

The lecture will take place at The Banco Court, Level 13, Supreme Court of NSW, Law Courts Building, Queens Square at 5:15 pm.

Coming up in CPD tonight

Wed Mar 21 2018

Wednesday, March 21 2018 - Interpreting Legislation in Accordance with Human Rights

Presented by Simeon Beckett. Chaired by Neil Williams SC. 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.

Legal Aid NSW review of fees paid

Wed Mar 21 2018

Legal Aid NSW is undertaking a review of fees paid to practitioners in legally aided matters. Members of the Bar Association are invited to a focus group to discuss issues with the current fee scales and options for change. The details of the focus groups are:

Monday 16 April: 3.30pm to 5.00pm, Parramatta Justice Precinct offices [report to Security on the ground floor]

Tuesday 17 April: 3.30pm to 5.00pm, Legal Aid NSW, Level 12, 323 Castlereagh Street, Sydney [take high rise lift to level 12]

There is an option to attend via webcast for the Sydney focus group.

Please note that the focus groups will be looking broadly at fees in family and criminal law but will not be looking at the specific issues of fees for the new committals processes (post 30 April 2018) or fees for counsel briefed in criminal trials, as these criminal law fees are the subject of separate consultation processes.

To register for one of the sessions, please log in to the Learning Management System using your Grants Online credentials. Once logged in, you can find the focus groups either via the Courses Calendar or by searching "focus group".

For further information about the focus groups, please contact Mary Whitehead on 02 9219 5114 or mary.whitehead@legalaid.nsw.gov.au. For assistance with the Learning Management System, please contact the Service Desk on 9219 5999.

See the future of justice at the AIJA’s Forces of Change conference

Wed Mar 21 2018
Brisbane, 24-26 May 2018

What will the court system look like in 2050? Will technological advances merely create the need for new laws or do they present a threat to the rule of law? Does the legal profession still have a future? And if so, what is it? How do “lawyerbots” actually work? And do videolink hearings represent the future of the court system or a breakdown of the division between court and prison?

These are just a few of the questions to be raised at “Forces of Change: Defining Future Justice”, the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration’s next conference, May 24-26, at Brisbane’s Stamford Plaza Hotel.

The conference aims to conceptualise and visualise the shape of future justice and hold an in-depth conversation on the fundamental principles that underpin our concept of justice but may be challenged in a period of significant change and disruption.

The line-up of speakers contributing is an eclectic mix of judges, academics and tech-experts. It includes the Chief Justice of New Zealand, Dame Sian Elias, the High Court’s Justice Michelle Gordon, Justice Helen Winkelmann from NZ’s Court of Appeal and Chief Judge Peter Kidd of the County Court. Other speakers will include Mr Murray Bruce, formerly with IBM’s AI platform “Watson”, CSIRO IP expert Mr Rajiv Cabraal, lawyerbot inventors Mr Athol Birtley and Mr Adrian Cartland, and “blockchain” expert Dr Philippa Ryan, from the University of Technology, Sydney

Beginning with a keynote talk on “the world in the year 2050”, the conference will feature an opening address on the experience of the use of technology in the legal system in England and Wales, by the Right Hon Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. This will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Radio National’s The Law Report presenter Damien Carrick.

Subsequent sessions include: a hands-on introduction to lawyerbots and AI; a look at the new laws that will be required by new technologies; and a survey of the future mental health needs of judicial officers and court staff. To close, a session on “management of change” will challenge participants to identify their own views. Are you an “early adopter”? Or a “maintain the rager”? Come along and join the conversation.

See the program and register at http://www.futurejustice2018.com/ Early bird discount registration available until March 30

2018 Sydney Conference this weekend

Wed Mar 21 2018

The 2018 Sydney CPD Conference is on this weekend, Saturday 24 March. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. Please download the full program here.

The conference will run from 9.00am - 5.00pm on Level 3 of the Hilton Hotel George Street. Full attendance over will attract 6 CPD points. Early bird registrations at the discounted price have now closed. However, you can still register at the normal price by calling 02 9232 4919.

Parking is available in the Secure Car Park below the hotel, accessed from 259 Pitt Street. For further details or to pre-book your parking, click HERE. For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9232 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).