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Early bird registrations closing for the North Coast CPD Conference soon

Fri Feb 03 2017

Early bird registrations for the North Coast CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 10 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The North Coast Conference is set down for Saturday 18 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • His Honour Judge P Berman SC
  • His Honour Judge N Manousaridis
  • Garry Hatcher SC
  • Nick Harrison
  • Cameron Jackson
  • John Carty
  • Brenda Tronson

Download the full program here - 2017 North Coast 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).

Coming up in CPD next week

Fri Feb 03 2017

Wednesday 8 February: The Trump Administration - Likely Impact on International Law: An Australian Perspective. Presented by Professor Simon Jackman, Professor Vivienne Bath, Dr Christopher Ward SC and Tim Castle. Chaired by Dr Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

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

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Fri Feb 03 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. 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

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program 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 (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

ATO creates online forum for legal profession

Thu Feb 02 2017

The Australian Tax Office has created an online platform called Legal Practitioners Community to share knowledge and information with the legal profession. Members can register at any time to join the community and the ATO will also be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, 15 February 1.00pm-1.45pm to provide an overview of the new platform, and how legal practitioners can have their say.

Forensics Breakfast Series

Thu Feb 02 2017
Seminar series: 7.45am - 8.45am every Wednesday from 15 February - 22 March 2017

Have you ever struggled with how CCTV or other images can be used in court, how to determine if a fire was deliberately lit, what effects different drugs or alcohol really had on your clients’ legal capacity and behaviours, whether the stated cause of death is accurate, whether certain injuries are consistent with a particular version of events, or how fraud is detected from accounting records? Join us each Wednesday morning at 7.45am to find out these and other fascinating forensic facts from leading experts.

For a detailed program regarding this Forensics Breakfast Series please click here.

6 Seminar Forensics Series (Discount for whole series)

Please note that these sessions can also be purchased separately. To book to attend an individual seminar only, please click on one of the below links:

New year, new chambers?

Thu Feb 02 2017

Have you moved to new chambers since your practising certificate was last issued? If so, please notify the Bar Association of your change in practice address. The Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 requires barristers to advise the Bar Council, in writing, of any change in practice address or contact details within seven days of the change.

You may send your notification to the Bar Association's certification officer Barrie Anthony by e-mail at certification@nswbar.asn.au.

Please note a PO Box cannot be a practice address.

Can lawyers be replaced by machines that read?

Thu Feb 02 2017

According to the results of a recent survey in a US publication, Corporate Counsel, 40 per cent of in-house attorneys in major American corporations said they rely on technology assisted review (TAR). What is TAR? Rather than having many lawyers read a million documents, a few review a percentage of the possible evidence and predictive coding technology uses those answers to guide a computer review of the rest. Can lawyers be replaced by machines that read? Follow this link.

15 Bobber for Magistrate Brender and Magistrate Soars

Thu Feb 02 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.

Early bird registrations closing for the North Coast CPD Conference soon

Wed Feb 01 2017

Early bird registrations for the North Coast CPD Conference at the discounted price will close on Friday 10 February. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The North Coast Conference is set down for Saturday 18 February and will run from 9:00am - 4:40pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • His Honour Judge P Berman SC
  • His Honour Judge N Manousaridis
  • Garry Hatcher SC
  • Nick Harrison
  • Cameron Jackson
  • John Carty
  • Brenda Tronson

Download the full program here - 2017 North Coast 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).

First Bar Book Club meeting for 2017

Wed Feb 01 2017

The first meeting of the book club for 2017 will be held on Wednesday, 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.

Death penalty symposium

Wed Feb 01 2017

It will be 50 years this Friday since the hanging of Ronald Ryan at Pentridge Prison in Melbourne. The Law Council of Australia will hold a national symposium on Australia’s Contribution to the Abolition of the Death Penalty with leading jurists, domestic and foreign policy experts and political decision makers. Learn more here.

New president and CEO of the ABA

Wed Feb 01 2017

The Australian Bar Association has welcomed in the 2017 law term with the announcement of the association’s new president, Will Alstergren QC and new CEO, Cindy Penrose. Learn more here.

Forensics Breakfast Series

Wed Feb 01 2017
Seminar series: 7.45am - 8.45am every Wednesday from 15 February - 22 March 2017

Have you ever struggled with how CCTV or other images can be used in court, how to determine if a fire was deliberately lit, what effects different drugs or alcohol really had on your clients’ legal capacity and behaviours, whether the stated cause of death is accurate, whether certain injuries are consistent with a particular version of events, or how fraud is detected from accounting records? Join us each Wednesday morning at 7.45am to find out these and other fascinating forensic facts from leading experts.

For a detailed program regarding this Forensics Breakfast Series please click here.

6 Seminar Forensics Series (Discount for whole series)

Please note that these sessions can also be purchased separately. To book to attend an individual seminar only, please click on one of the below links:

National Access to Justice & Pro Bono Conference - early bird registrations end Friday

Wed Feb 01 2017

Early bird registration for the National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference 2017 closes this Friday, 3 February 2017. Registrants go into the draw to win either a $225 voucher for an all day winery tours on offer (or another tour) or two premium tickets to the Adelaide Crows v Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL game at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, 26 March (courtesy of the Adelaide Football Club). For more information about the program, or to register, visit the conference website.

Nominations now open for Press Freedom Medal

Wed Feb 01 2017

The Australian Press Council is calling for nominations for its Press Freedom Medal, to be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment or service to the cause of press freedom. The winner will be announced and a presentation made at a special ceremony in Sydney on or around World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2017.

In 2016, Press Freedom Medals were awarded at the Press Council’s 40th Anniversary Conference to leading investigative journalists Kate McClymont (Fairfax Media) and Paul Maley (The Australian), whose recognition was very well received.

Nominees can be journalists or editors or other individuals such as members of the legal profession, educators or whistleblowers whose work has supported press freedom or cast light upon important issues in Australian society in a way fully consistent with the Press Council’s Standards of Practice.

Nominations may be made by members of the public, any member of the Council and its Secretariat, or any publication that is a member of the Press Council. The nomination period commences on 1 February 2017 and closes on 1 March 2017.

A Press Council subcommittee will shortlist no more than three nominees. Council members will then select the appropriate recipients. The Press Council may decide to make no award in a given year.

The Council had awarded Press Freedom Medals prior to 2016, but the honour was reserved for people affiliated with the organisation. It was decided last year to revitalise the award and open it up more broadly.

For more information about the Press Freedom Medal, contact the Director of Research and Communications by email at michael.rose@presscouncil.org.au or by telephone: 0451 978 276. Submit nominations, along with reasons why the individual should be considered for the award, to standards@presscouncil.org.au

Read more about the 2016 awards here.

Day in the Life of a Civil Litigator Program

Wed Feb 01 2017
Call for lawyers to get involved

The NSW Young Lawyers Civil Litigation Committee’s "Day in the Life of a Civil Litigator" Program will commence on 1 June 2017 and conclude on 29 September 2017.

The Day in the Life Program was an initiative developed within NSW Young Lawyers in 2015. The Program pairs up law students, with practising Civil Litigators who invite them to watch a hearing or mention in court.

The call for lawyers is now open, and the Committee would like to extend the invitation to you and the other members of your firm or chambers. All solicitors and barristers that practice within the civil jurisdiction are encouraged to get involved. The program is not limited to lawyers that are members of NSW Young Lawyers (under 36 or in first 5 years post admission).

The commitment from lawyers is minimal, with a half hour meeting arrangement confirmed either side of a court appearance; it is up to the lawyer to decide how much time they can commit to the student participating in the program.

What’s involved:

  • Select an appropriate upcoming court appearance for the student to attend and observe;
  • Meet with the student beforehand to discuss the matter and provide a brief outline of what you will be doing during the court appearance;
  • Allow the student to shadow you to court and observe the court appearance;
  • Discuss the matter afterwards with the student, providing any additional information you are able to about the matter (subject to confidentiality) and the role you play;

The call for students will be announced on 20 March 2017. Once applications are close on 28 April 2017, the matching process will be finalised and the Committee will initiate contact between the lawyer and student in May. The court arrangements must then be facilitated directly between the matched participants.

If you are interested in participating in the 2017 Program, please complete the expression of interest online here by 28 April 2017.

PC releases annual report on the justice system

Tue Jan 31 2017

The Productivity Commmission has today released its annual Report on Government Services (Volume C: Justice). ROGS provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. In the case of the NSW court system, the results are satisfactory, with the Local Court being the most "efficient" in the country.

The definitive list of NSW silks

Tue Jan 31 2017

Did you know that the first person appointed to the rank of queen's counsel (QC) was John Hubert Plunkett, on 6 June 1856? The last was Peter Michael Jacobson on 1 December 1992. The Bar Association has compiled the definitive list of New South Wales silk appointments, from the first to the most recent senior counsel in 2016. Learn more here.

Forensic Evidence Workshops for Criminal Law Advocates

Tue Jan 31 2017

The Faculty of Law and School of Psychology, UNSW, the Public Defenders Chambers NSW and the Office of the Director or Public Prosecutions NSW invites Criminal Law Advocates to attend ‘Scientific Knowledge or Subjective Opinion? Forensic Evidence Workshops for Criminal Law Advocates’. The workshop is divided into two parts and will be held in the Bar Association Common Room on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 and Thursday 2nd March 2017. For full details please download a flyer here

The workshops are free of charge, but REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Registered participants will be required to attend both workshops. To register please email your full name to Tiffany McDonald at tmcdonald@nswbar.asn.au. Places are limited to 50 participants and will be allocated on a ‘first in’ basis.

Please note that the workshops are now full. Registration received after this time, 10.30am 31/01, will be added to a waitlist.

Coming up in CPD in February

Tue Jan 31 2017

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room next month at 5.15pm:

Wednesday 8 February: The Trump Administration - Likely Impact on International Law: An Australian Perspective. Presented by Professor Simon Jackman, Professor Vivienne Bath, Dr Christopher Ward SC and Tim Castle. Chaired by Dr Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Wednesday 15 February: Gender Equality among Barristers before the High Court. Presented by Professor George Williams, Dean, UNSW Law School and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here.

North Coast CPD Conference Program

Tue Jan 31 2017

The 2017 North Coast CPD Conference schedule has been finalised. Please view the program HERE. The North Coast CPD Conference is to be held on Saturday, 18 February 2017 at the Ramada Hotel, Ballina.

Full attendance at the North Coast 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 North Coast 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

2017 Personal Injury/Common Law Conference

Tue Jan 31 2017

Registrations are OPEN for the 2017 Personal Injury and Common Law Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Sydney on Saturday 11 March.

The conference offers 5 CPD points.

The conference runs from 9:00am to 3.00pm. 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

A detailed program will be made available over the coming weeks. The program 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 (9223 4919 or cpd@nswbar.asn.au).

Coming up in CPD in February

Tue Jan 31 2017

A number of seminars will be held in the Common Room next month at 5.15pm:

Wednesday 8 February: The Trump Administration - Likely Impact on International Law: An Australian Perspective. Presented by Professor Simon Jackman, Professor Vivienne Bath, Dr Christopher Ward SC and Tim Castle. Chaired by Dr Andrew Bell SC. For full details please download a flyer here.

Wednesday 15 February: Gender Equality among Barristers before the High Court. Presented by Professor George Williams, Dean, UNSW Law School and chaired by Anthony McGrath SC, Chair, Diversity and Equality Committee. For full details please download a flyer here.

Chief Justice Kiefel AC sworn-in today

Mon Jan 30 2017

The Honourable Susan Kiefel AC was sworn-in as chief justice of the High Court of Australia at a ceremonial sitting in Canberra this morning. A copy of Attorney General George Brandis QC's speech is available here.