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Part-time employment opportunities wanted for Indigenous law students

Fri Feb 17 2017

Do you need some clerical, administrative or research assistance to run your practice? If the answer is yes - why not employ an Indigenous law student? There are a number of students currently looking for this opportunity. 



As part of the Bar Association's Indigenous Barristers’ Strategy, 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 or research 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. 




Greg Tolhurst
Executive Director 



Australian Copyright Council Webinars

Fri Feb 17 2017

In March the Australian Copyright Council will host three webinars, over three consecutive weeks, for legal practitioners to update their copyright knowledge. The webinars are designed to help top up your CLE/CPD points. The webinar schedule will include:

  • Hot Topics, March 8: Summarising some of the major happenings in Australia and overseas in 2016 with reference to proposed amendments to the Copyright Act and to the implications of the Productivity Commission.
  • Managing copyright risk in your legal practice, March 15: For lawyers seeking to understand this specialised area of law in a practical sense as it applies in their day to day work.
  • Social Media for Lawyers, March 22: We take a close look at copyright issues relevant to legal practitioners to work out what your rights and responsibilities are online. Essential for knowing how to avoid potential legal and reputational consequences when things go wrong.

Prices start from $90 per session with the first webinar scheduled for March 8 at 12:30pm AEDST. Bookings and registrations available here.

For more information please contact us on 02 9101 2377 or email info@copyright.org.au.

Great offers from the ABA member benefits program

Fri Feb 17 2017

The February 2017 edition of MBA Connect, the newsletter of the Australian Bar Association's member benefits program, is out now. It features great deals from Volvo, Audi, BMW, JB Hi-Fi and more. Learn more here.

Law Council initiative to counter unconscious bias

Fri Feb 17 2017

The Law Council of Australia, in conjunction with diversity and inclusion specialists, Symmetra, will offer training to help all lawyers understand and counteract unconscious bias. Beginning 1 March 2017 there will be a program of face-to-face workshops, train-the-trainer modules, and online courses. Learn more here.

15 Bobber for Magistrate Brender and Magistrate Soars

Thu Feb 16 2017

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for Magistrate Rodney Brender & Magistrate Julie Soars. The 15 Bobber will be held Friday, 17 March in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for Magistrate Rodney Brender will be Kevin Connor SC and speaking for Magistrate Julie Soars will be Justin Hogan-Doran. Life membership certificates will also be presented to Michael Fordham SC, Philip Selth OAM and Penny Johnson. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. RSVP here by 5.00pm Thursday, 16 March 2017.

Swearing-in ceremony for Jennifer Price and George Breton

Thu Feb 16 2017

Jennifer Price and George Breton will be sworn-in as magistrates at a Local Court swearing-in ceremony on Monday, 20 February 2017 at 9.00am in Courtroom 5.2 of the Downing Centre. Richard Weinstein SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales Bar. Wigs and gowns are not to be worn.

2017 North Coast CPD Conference this Saturday

Thu Feb 16 2017

The 2017 North Coast CPD Conference is on this Saturday, 18 February. The conference begins at 9.00am with arrival tea and coffee available from 8.30am. The conference will be held in The Fenwick Room at The Ramada Hotel and Suites, Ballina. Please click the link for the full program - 2017 North Coast Program

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).

Early bird registrations closing for the Newcastle CPD Conference tomorrow

Thu Feb 16 2017

Early bird registrations for the Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close tomorrow, Friday 17 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Newcastle Conference is set down for Saturday 25 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice M Perry
  • Graham Turnbull SC
  • Anthony McGrath SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Giles Coakes
  • Ian Duane
  • Cameron Jackson
  • Ben Katekar
  • Tina Jowett

Download the full program here - 2017 Newcastle Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please 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).

Junior Drinks

Thu Feb 16 2017

Junior Drinks is a social function organised by the New Barristers' Committee to provide new and junior barristers with a casual opportunity to catch up and socialise. Before you head home, drop in and have a quick chat with your colleagues on Wednesday 22 February at Metro St James from 5.30pm.

Indian Wellness Retreat

Wed Feb 15 2017

Recuperate and regain focus in your life on an Indian Wellness Retreat and Small Group Tour, 2-11 June 2017. Stay at three of India's most beautiful resorts: Shalimar Spice Garden, Vivanta by Taj and Kumarakam Lake Resort. Members of the New South Wales Bar Association enjoy access to the Australian Bar Association's first-rate benefits program, which offers this all inclusive package for only $4899 per person.

Practical advocacy course

Wed Feb 15 2017

Public Defenders are seeking applications for the 2017 practical advocacy course for barristers of five years standing and under who are interested in improving their advocacy skills in criminal law. The program consists of six sessions of 1 ½ hours commencing at 5 pm at Public Defenders Chambers, 23/1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

Riding for country kids

Wed Feb 15 2017

On 12 March Bruce Miles of Frederick Jordan Chambers will be joining 108 cyclists to ride 420 km from Wagga Wagga to Orange to raise funds for Royal Far West’s work for country kids.

In the 2016 ride Bruce got great support from members of the Bar and together the riders raised over $650,000, funds that were directed the cost of services such as ‘school readiness’ health and wellbeing checks and delivering tele-care speech and psychology to kids in isolated communities.

Just click on this link to make a tax deductible donation to help Royal Far West provide health and education services to less advantaged children in regional and remote NSW and accommodation services for those kids and families who need to travel to Sydney for therapy and treatment.

Parramatta Program - 2017 CPD Conference Series

Wed Feb 15 2017

The 2017 Parramatta CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program here

The Parramatta CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 18 March 2017 at the ParkRoyal Hotel, Parramatta.

Full attendance at the Conference will attract 6 CPD points and will cover the four strands required for the practising certificate year. NSW barristers, interstate barristers and solicitors are welcome to attend.

For more details about the Parramatta Conference, or any of the 2017 CPD Conference Series, please click here.

To register please click here. Please note, registrations will only be accepted when accompanied by full payment.

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

Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma  

Tue Feb 14 2017

On Tuesday 7 March, Robyn Bradey, an accredited mental health social worker with over 36 years’ experience, will present "Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma"

In this presentation you will learn about what vicarious trauma is; how it arises from a neuroscience perspective; signs that you may be suffering from it; steps you can take to minimise its impact, including practical steps to avoid or minimise the trauma to you of difficult or distressing material; how to notice signs that a colleague may be affected, what to do and how to intervene helpfully and effectively. The seminar will be chaired by Peter McGrath SC, Health and Wellbeing Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

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

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference Program

Tue Feb 14 2017

The 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference program has been finalised. Please view the program here

The Personal Injury and Common Law Conference is scheduled to be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00 am to 3.00 pm. Morning tea and a stand-up buffet lunch will be provided. For more details about the conference and the costs involved please click here

Registrations are open to NSW barristers that currently hold a practising certificate and places in the conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here For any questions about CPD requirements, conferences or the general CPD program, please contact the Professional Development Department (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Member services and benefits

Tue Feb 14 2017

The Bar Association provides its members with a variety of services and benefits, such as reserved childcare places, fee recovery, ethical guidance and more. Previously, these services were split over various departments. In order to better inform members of the services available and to co-ordinate their delivery, the Bar Association has formed a Member Benefits Cluster. Chris Winslow will assume overall responsibility for the cluster. His title will change from "Publications Manager" to "Co-ordinator, Services and Benefits". As part of this Chris will take over the role of secretary to the Health and Wellbeing Committee. For more information, contact Chris via email: cwinslow@nswbar.asn.au

Coming up in CPD

Tue Feb 14 2017

Wednesday 15 February: "Gender Equality among Barristers before the High Court" Presented by Professor George Williams, Dean, UNSW Law School and chaired by Wendy Abraham QC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday 28 February: "Statutory Construction for Advocates" Presented by Neil Williams SC and Surya Palaniappan of Sixth Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers. Chaired by The Honourable Justice Nye Perram, Federal Court of Australia. For full details please download a flyer here.

The seminars will be held in the Common Room at 5.15pm.

Learned Friends Hong Kong Conference

Tue Feb 14 2017

In April 2017 (8 – 14 April) Learned Friends is holding a conference in Hong Kong. This dynamic and vibrant city is a fusion of many cultures with remnants of a colonial past. Speakers include Judge Kevin Lapthorn, Michelle Painter SC, Peter Cummings SC, Michael Hartman GBS (Hong Kong) and Caroline Counsel (Counsel Family Lawyers). For more information visit our website or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

First Bar Book Club meeting for 2017

Tue Feb 14 2017

The first meeting of the book club for 2017 will be held tomorrow, 15 February at 6.00pm in the Bar Library. The chosen book will be The Dinner by Herman Koch. A review can be found here. New members are very welcome, if you have any questions please email library@nswbar.asn.au.

Toongabbie Legal Centre Saturday seminar

Tue Feb 14 2017

Members are invited to a one day family law seminar, hosted by the Toongabbie Legal Centre, on Saturday, 25 February 2017. It will be held at Toongabbie Christian School, 30-40 Metella Road, Toongabbie. Learn more here.

Tomorrow: swearing-in ceremony for Dr Robert Harper SC

Tue Feb 14 2017

Dr Robert Harper SC, formerly of 9th Floor Wentworth Chambers, was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, effective 18 January. A formal swearing-in will be held tomorrow, 15 February 2017, at 9.30am in Courtroom 3C of the Lionel Bowen Building, 97-99 Goulburn Street. Chrissa Loukas SC will speak on behalf of the New South Wales and Australian Bar Associations. Barristers should wear robes, but not wigs (See: Robing of Counsel in the Federal Circuit Court)

Early bird registrations closing for the Newcastle CPD Conference this Friday

Tue Feb 14 2017

Early bird registrations for the Newcastle CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 17 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Newcastle Conference is set down for Saturday 25 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice M Perry
  • Graham Turnbull SC
  • Anthony McGrath SC
  • Warwick Tregilgas
  • Giles Coakes
  • Ian Duane
  • Ben Katekar
  • Tina Jowett

Download the full program here - 2017 Newcastle Conference

The conference is run by registration only and places in this conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place with discounted early bird pricing please 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).

Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma  

Tue Feb 14 2017

On Tuesday 7 March Robyn Bradey, an accredited mental health social worker with over 36 years’ experience, will present "Are your cases traumatising you? Understanding and managing vicarious trauma"

In this presentation you will learn about what vicarious trauma is; how it arises from a neuroscience perspective; signs that you may be suffering from it; steps you can take to minimise its impact, including practical steps to avoid or minimise the trauma to you of difficult or distressing material; how to notice signs that a colleague may be affected, what to do and how to intervene helpfully and effectively. The seminar will be chaired by Peter McGrath SC, Health and Wellbeing Committee. For full details please download a flyer here

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