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TONIGHT - 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Wed Nov 01 2017

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

All are welcome to attend. To RSVP for your place at the 2017 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture and the Maurice Byers Centenary Conference please email Melissa Brown, Clerk, Maurice Byers Chambers at clerk@mauricebyers.com.

50 years of UNCITRAL - What's next?

Wed Nov 01 2017
International trade law

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) was founded 50 years ago. The United Nations Day Lecture will be held on Thursday, 9 November 2017 in Court 1, Federal Court of Australia, Queens Square between 5.15pm and 6.30pm. The lecture is an initiative of the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia (UNCCA). The speaker will be Tim Castle, barrister and chair of UNCCA and the chair will be Chrissa Loukas SC. It will be presented around Australia to introduce lawyers, academics and students to the past and future work of UNCITRAL. Admission will be free, but registration is required. Learn more here.

Retirement Celebration - Mr Ian Barker QC

Wed Nov 01 2017
Social events

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend an event for Mr Ian Barker QC, celebrating his retirement. The event will be held Friday, 10 November in the New South Wales Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for Mr Ian Barker QC will be Mr Michael Adams QC. The event begins at 5.30pm with speeches beginning at 5.45pm. Please RSVP for catering purposes at event@nswbar.asn.au

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2018

Wed Nov 01 2017

Registrations are now OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 – Sydney

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

Further speaker details 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 tomorrow (Lunchtime)

Wed Nov 01 2017

Thursday, November 02 2017: 'The challenges of trying international crimes today: the legal and political dimensions'.

Presented by Judge David Re, international judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague and chaired by Chrissa Loukas SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

Coming up in CPD in November

Tue Oct 31 2017

Monday, November 06 2017: 'A white coat view of black robe health'

Presented by Professor Matthew Large, School of Psychiatry, UNSW, and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Thursday, November 09 2017: The 2017 Annual Plunkett Lecture - “John Hubert Plunkett QC and the Myall Creek murder trials”

Mark Tedeschi AM QC will deliver the Annual Plunkett Lecture on 9 November 2017 at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room, to be chaired by the Attorney General, the Honourable Mark Speakman SC. Mr Tedeschi is the Senior Crown Prosecutor in New South Wales and the author of ‘Murder at Myall Creek: The Trial that Defined a Nation’, published by Simon & Schuster in 2016. Mr Tedeschi will deliver a lecture titled ‘John Hubert Plunkett QC and the Myall Creek murder trials.’

Wednesday, November 22 2017: 'David and Goliath: A talk on the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation v Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group'

Presented by Vance Hughston SC and Tina Jowett. Chaired by Stephen Lloyd SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday,November 28 2017: 'What are the functions of the Judicial Commission in dealing with the conduct of judges'

Presented by Ernest Schmatt, Chief Executive, Judicial Commission of New South Wales. More details to follow.

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

NSW Bar Association CPD Conferences 2018

Tue Oct 31 2017

Registrations are now OPEN for the New South Wales Bar Association Regional CPD Conferences. For more details about each venue, speakers and the costs involved please click here

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 – Sydney

The conferences are run by registration only and places in each conference are strictly limited. To register and pay to secure your place please click here

Further speaker details 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

Forbes Society AGM

Tue Oct 31 2017

The Francis Forbes Society for Australian Legal History will hold its 2017 AGM on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, commencing at 5.15pm in the Bar Association Common Room. Download the Notice of AGM; a Proxy Form; and a Council Nomination Form. The annual accounts will be distributed shortly by email and copies of the accounts as signed by the directors and auditors will be tabled at the meeting.

If you have any queries, please contact the Secretary, Simon Chapple, e-mail: secretary@forbessociety.org.au or the Treasurer, Carol Webster SC, email: treasurer@forbessociety.org.au

Legal aid for driver licence disqualifications

Tue Oct 31 2017

Legal aid is now available for Local Court applications to remove driver licence disqualifications under Division 3A of Part 7.4 of the Road Transport Act 2013 (NSW). More information is available in the Legal Aid NSW Policy Bulletin.

Save the date : 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Tue Oct 31 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

Tue Oct 31 2017

Thursday, November 02 2017: 'The challenges of trying international crimes today: the legal and political dimensions'.

Presented by Judge David Re, international judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague and chaired by Chrissa Loukas SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

AG farewells two magistrates

Mon Oct 30 2017
Retirements

Attorney General Mark Speakman has paid tribute to the state's longest-serving magistrates who retire in coming days, Peter Miszalski and Darryl Pearce. Learn more here.

ALHR Human Rights Dinner

Mon Oct 30 2017
Charity at the New South Wales Bar

Please join Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) for a fundraising evening on Friday, 10 November 2017 at 7.00pm in Sky Phoenix Restaurant, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney. Special guests will be Pat Anderson AO, recipient of the Australian Human Rights Commission 2016 Human Rights Medal and Tony McAvoy SC. Learn more here.

How to be ethical in the practice of law

Mon Oct 30 2017
Ethics

President Arthur Moses SC will join a panel of experts for a discussion on "How to be ethical in the practice of the law: can it be taught?" The discussion, to be moderated by the Hon Patricia Bergin SC, will be held on Monday, 20 November 2017 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in the Ceremonial Court of the Federal Court of Australia Level 21, Queen’s Square. Learn more here.

The 34th Great Bar Boat Race - 2017 Invitational Challenge

Mon Oct 30 2017
Bar sports

The 34th Great Bar Boat Race will be held on Monday, 18 December 2017 beginning in the vicinity of Shark Island / Point Piper and finishing at Store Beach. Solicitors are invited to compete this year. All enquiries should be addressed to Adrian Gruzman on 0400 22-2211 or adrian@gruzman.com.au. For more information, and to obtain a registration form, download the Notice of Race.

Law Courts Building, Queens Square will be CLOSED on Monday, 30 October

Sun Oct 29 2017

The President has received notification from Chief Justice TF Bathurst AC that the Law Courts Building, Queens Square will be closed on Monday, 30 October 2017 due to an issue relating to the building. This means there will be no access to the Law Courts Building on Monday 30 October 2017.

Matters listed for Supreme Court hearings in Hospital Road, King Street and St James Complex , and Darlinghurst at this stage will proceed unless members are notified otherwise. InBrief will advise members of further information as soon as it becomes available.

Coming up in CPD in November

Fri Oct 27 2017

Thursday, November 02 2017: The challenges of trying international crimes today: the legal and political dimensions.

Presented by Judge David Re, international judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague and chaired by Chrissa Loukas SC. For full details please download a flyer here. Please note this is a lunchtime seminar, commencing at 1 pm.

Monday, November 06 2017: A white coat view of black robe health

Presented by Professor Matthew Large, School of Psychiatry, UNSW, and chaired by Arthur Moses SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Thursday, November 09 2017: The 2017 Annual Plunkett Lecture - “John Hubert Plunkett QC and the Myall Creek murder trials”

Mark Tedeschi AM QC will deliver the Annual Plunkett Lecture on 9 November 2017 at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room, to be chaired by the Attorney General, the Honourable Mark Speakman SC. Mr Tedeschi is the Senior Crown Prosecutor in New South Wales and the author of ‘Murder at Myall Creek: The Trial that Defined a Nation’, published by Simon & Schuster in 2016. Mr Tedeschi will deliver a lecture titled ‘John Hubert Plunkett QC and the Myall Creek murder trials.’

Wednesday, November 22 2017: David and Goliath: A talk on the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation v Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group

Presented by Vance Hughston SC and Tina Jowett. Chaired by TBC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Tuesday,November 28 2017: What are the functions of the Judicial Commission in dealing with the conduct of judges

Presented by Ernest Schmatt, Chief Executive, Judicial Commission of New South Wales. More details to follow.

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

Save the date : 2018 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Oct 27 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

2018 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner

Thu Oct 26 2017

Registrations are now open for the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law 2018 Constitutional Law Conference and Dinner, to be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday, 23 February 2018.

Justin Gleeson SC will be delivering the morning keynote paper on the High Court in constitutional law in 2017 and the guest speaker for the Conference Dinner at NSW Parliament House will be the Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia. The dinner is hosted by NSW Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Speakman, SC MP.

The conference will cover a range of important cases and contemporary topics including the s 44 parliamentary disqualification cases, the same sex marriage postal survey case and last the political communication decision in Brown v Tasmania.

Full details of the program will be released shortly but if you are keen to register now, there is an early-bird conference registration rate of $415, if you register for the conference by 15 December 2017. The cost of the dinner is $115. To register, please see ‘Upcoming Events’ at www.gtcentre.unsw.edu.au. If you have any questions, please email gtcentre@unsw.edu.au or contact the Centre on (02) 9385 2257. For registrations received after 15 December 2017 the cost of the event is $465 for the conference.

Following the conference, at 5.15 pm adjacent to the conference theatre, there will be a book launch by the Hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC of Australian Constitutional Values (Hart Publishing, 2018) edited by Rosalind Dixon. Registration for the book launch is free and available at https://australianconstitutionalvalues.eventbrite.com.au.

New gift cards from ABA Member Benefits

Thu Oct 26 2017
Member services and benefits

Members of the New South Wales Bar Association enjoy access to the Australian Bar Association's member benefits scheme. The service partner, MBA Benefits, has negotiated special offers on a range of e-gift cards. Learn more here.

The 2017 Annual Plunkett Lecture

Thu Oct 26 2017

Thursday, 9 November 2017: Mark Tedeschi AM QC will deliver the Annual Plunkett Lecture on 9 November 2017 at 5.15pm in the NSW Bar Association Common Room, to be chaired by the Attorney General, the Honourable Mark Speakman SC. Mr Tedeschi is the Senior Crown Prosecutor in New South Wales and the author of ‘Murder at Myall Creek: The Trial that Defined a Nation’, published by Simon & Schuster in 2016. Mr Tedeschi will deliver a lecture titled "John Hubert Plunkett QC and the Myall Creek murder trials."

Lord Howe Island Conference

Thu Oct 26 2017

In April 2018 (7 – 14 April) Learned Friends is holding a Conference on Lord Howe Island. This will be the 5th conference Learned Friends has held on the island. Speakers include Bernie Gross QC, Peter Cummings SC and Giles Coakes. Please note that April is a busy time of year on the island and as such flights and accommodation are becoming limited. For more information visit our website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

Save the dates: CPD Conference Dates 2018

Thu Oct 26 2017

The Bar Association's CPD conference program for 2018 will be released shortly. In the meantime members may wish to note the dates and venues:

  • Saturday, 17 February 2018 - North Coast
  • Saturday, 24 February 2018 - Parramatta
  • Saturday, 3 March 2018 - Personal Injury / Common Law Conference, Sydney
  • Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Newcastle
  • Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 March 2018 - Orange
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 - Sydney

Programs and online registration will shortly be available on the Association's website and through InBrief.