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Mentoring Program 2018 - Applications Close today

Fri Mar 16 2018

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers, the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. For more information about the benefits of the mentoring program please click here.

The program has been designed in conjunction with Art of Mentoring and the NSWBA Education Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentee or mentor please read and complete the online application form. Applications close Friday 16 March 2018.

If you would like to know more, or are unsure if this program is suitable for you, you are invited to contact Program Manager, Karina Butera or NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Director, Bali Kaur for further information.

The Redfern Park Speech 25 years on

Thu Mar 15 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.

Queensland Judgments

Thu Mar 15 2018
Webwatch

There's a new source for finding case law from north of the Tweed. The Queensland Judgments website is a joint initiative of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library Committee, with the support of Queensland’s courts and tribunals. The website is free of charge, however users are asked to register. It features a complete set of authorised Queensland Law Reports, unreported Supreme court judgments (2002 - ) an appeals database and a Uniform Civil Procedure Rules service.

Coming up in CPD next week

Thu Mar 15 2018

Monday, March 19 2018 - Reverse briefing: new trends and new barristers

Presented by Vered Keisar, General Counsel Asia Pacific ResMed, Aidan Parsons, National Business Development Manager at Law In Order and Miriam Rihani, Principal and General Manager of Lexvoco NSW. Chaired by: James Mack, Chair, New Barristers Committee. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC and chaired by Tim Game SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


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.


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.

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.

Law Society Mock Trials

Wed Mar 14 2018

The Law Society is looking for barristers to assist at particular schools with its Mock Trials program, between now and Monday, 26 March 2018. The list of schools is available here. If you wish to volunteer, contact Anwen Gardner the Mock Law Coordinator.

Samuel Griffith Chambers - large corner office with harbour views

Wed Mar 14 2018

Is a corner room with harbour views commensurate with where your practice is - or where you see your practice being?

Expressions of interest are sought, for this rare opportunity, to buy Chambers with sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and Hyde Park from Museum Station and taking in St Mary’s Cathedral.

The room is positioned in the corner of the 30th Floor on Goulburn Street in very close proximity to the Downing Centre, John Maddison Tower and the Family Court.

The room would suit Senior Counsel or a Senior Junior who is looking for a Floor with a strong reputation for trial and appellate advocacy. While this need not be in the area of criminal law, the Floor is dominated by members who practice in crime.

Samuel Griffith Chambers is looking for someone who would be a great fit for a Floor that prides itself on its strong contingent of trial lawyers at the Junior Bar and the harmonious relationship between its members.

All enquiries should be directed to our Clerks Bernadette Nolan or Lesley Ratner on 9267 4955 and will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

Guardian Open Day

Wed Mar 14 2018
Member services and benefits

On Saturday, 7 April 2018 Guardian will hold an Open Day from 10.00am-2.00pm. Members' families are welcome to visit any Guardian centre in the state, whether it’s in the city or closer to home. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD next week

Wed Mar 14 2018

Monday, March 19 2018 - Reverse briefing: new trends and new barristers

Presented by Vered Keisar, General Counsel Asia Pacific ResMed, Aidan Parsons, National Business Development Manager at Law In Order and Miriam Rihani, Principal and General Manager of Lexvoco NSW. Chaired by: James Mack, Chair, New Barristers Committee. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC and chaired by Tim Game SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


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.


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.

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.

The Redfern Park Speech 25 years on

Wed Mar 14 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.

2018 Sydney Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close this Friday

Wed Mar 14 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Sydney CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Sydney Conference is to be held at the Hilton Hotel George Street on Saturday 24 March and will run from 9:00am - 5:00pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Margaret Joan Beazley AO
  • His Honour Judge Warwick Hunt
  • Max Kimber SC
  • James Renwick SC
  • Michael Hall SC
  • Belinda Rigg SC
  • Craig Smith SC
  • Andrew Stone SC
  • Mark Walsh SC
  • Greg Tolhurst
  • Kellie Stares
  • Matthew Conaglen

Download the full program here - [2018 Sydney 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 tonight

Wed Mar 14 2018

Wednesday, March 14 2018 - Tutor and Readers Seminar

Presented by Robert Hollo SC, Simon Buchen and Julia Roy. Attendance at this session will satisfy the condition of eligibility for tutors as resolved by Bar Council in February 2016. For full details, please download a flyer here.

This seminar 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.

Law Council to deliver Justice State of the Nation at the National Press Club

Tue Mar 13 2018
Law reform and public affairs

Law Council President, Morry Bailes, will be joined by immediate past-President, Fiona McLeod SC, in a live televised address at the National Press Club tomorrow, Wednesday, 14 March, to deliver a ‘Justice State of the Nation’ address. The address will outline what is working and what we can do better. The Law Council’s Justice Project – a comprehensive, national review into the state of access to justice in Australia for our most disadvantaged people – will be a key aspect of the address. Learn more here.

World's Greatest Shave

Tue Mar 13 2018
Charity at the New South Wales Bar

Tomorrow, barrister Jeffrey Rose from Eight Wentworth Chambers will be shaving off his hair and beard as part of the World’s Greatest Shave, to help beat blood cancer.

Jeff aims to raise $8,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation this year, and he is looking for support from the profession. Jeff’s fundraising page is available here.

Blood cancer claims more lives than breast cancer or melanoma. Today another 35 people will be given the devastating news they have leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or another blood disorder.

A donation of $120 can support a blood cancer research project for a day through a PhD Scholarship grant.

Every dollar helps to support families and fund vital research, so please give what you can.

World's Greatest Shave

Tue Mar 13 2018
Charity at the New South Wales Bar

Tomorrow, Chris Winslow, a staff member at the New South Wales Bar Association, will take part in the World's Greatest Shave. Chris will be shaving his hair in support of the Leukaemia Foundation, to help families facing blood cancer receive the emotional and practical support they need. He's stormed past his fundraising goal of $700, but would welcome more. Please give generously. Visit his fundraising page here.

For the diary: LawAsia Family Law and Children's Rights Conference

Tue Mar 13 2018

Members are invited to the 7th LAWASIA Family Law & Children’s Rights Conference, to be held in Vientiane, Laos from 6 – 8 June 2018. The conference program offers high-level content relevant not only to family law practitioners, but also to children’s advocates, policy advisors, academics, judicial officers and a range of non-government organisations. Learn more here.

Coming up in CPD March

Tue Mar 13 2018

Monday, March 19 2018 - Reverse briefing: new trends and new barristers

Presented by Vered Keisar, General Counsel Asia Pacific ResMed, Aidan Parsons, National Business Development Manager at Law In Order and Miriam Rihani, Principal and General Manager of Lexvoco NSW. Chaired by: James Mack, Chair, New Barristers Committee. For full details, please download a flyer here.


Tuesday, March 20 2018 - What matters do I need to disclose to the Bar Council, and when?

Presented by Edward Muston SC and chaired by Tim Game SC. For full details, please download a flyer here.


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.


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.


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.

Questions in Philosophy continues this Thursday, 15 March

Tue Mar 13 2018

'Questions in Philosophy' Series 1 ‘From Big Bang to Big Mystery: What Makes Us Different From Animals?’ continues this Thursday, 15 March at 6.00pm. Lecture 3 topic: "God - Delusion or Reality? A Conversation Between Richard Dawkins and Thomas Aquinas."

All members of the NSW Bar and their friends are warmly invited to attend this thought-provoking series of lectures delivered by the inimitable Dr Brendan Purcell. Come along for one or more sessions!

Date: Thursday, 15 March 2018 Time: 6 - 7pm Venue:Gardner Room, Commercial Traveller’s Club, 19 Martin Place Sydney (the ‘mushroom’ building in the MLC Centre) Cost: Still a TINY $5 donation at the door!

Refreshments are available for purchase at the venue - attendees are also free to bring their own food and drinks to the lecture room.

Download a flyer here. No RSVP required.

For more information, contact Lee-Ann Walsh on (02) 9229 7351 or law@lee-annwalsh.com

Coming up in CPD tomorrow

Tue Mar 13 2018

Wednesday, March 14 2018 - Tutor and Readers Seminar

Presented by Robert Hollo SC, Simon Buchen and Julia Roy. Attendance at this session will satisfy the condition of eligibility for tutors as resolved by Bar Council in February 2016. For full details, please download a flyer here.


This seminar 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.

Iceland 2018

Tue Mar 13 2018

In September 2018 (3 – 10 September) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Iceland. Speakers include Judge Paul Lakatos SC, Judge Robyn Tupman, Judge Rolf Driver and Judge Kevin Lapthorn. Please note that Iceland is a popular destination and as such flights and accommodation will be limited and early bookings are recommended. For more information visit our website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

Mentoring Program 2018 - Applications Close Friday

Tue Mar 13 2018

Since 2014 the Bar Association has offered junior barristers in their second year at the bar an opportunity to receive guidance and support from leaders in the profession. For senior barristers, the program is an opportunity to develop effective leadership skills and encourage and support emerging talent at the New South Wales Bar. For more information about the benefits of the mentoring program please click here.

The program has been designed in conjunction with Art of Mentoring and the NSWBA Education Committee. If you wish to nominate yourself as a mentee or mentor please read and complete the online application form. Applications close Friday 16 March 2018.

If you would like to know more, or are unsure if this program is suitable for you, you are invited to contact Program Manager, Karina Butera or NSW Bar Association's Professional Development Director, Bali Kaur for further information.

2018 Sydney Conference - Early Bird Registrations Close this Friday

Tue Mar 13 2018

Early bird registrations for the 2018 Sydney CPD Conference at the discounted price will close this Friday. You can still register after this date at the normal price.

The Sydney Conference is to be held at the Hilton Hotel George Street on Saturday 24 March and will run from 9:00am - 5:00pm with full attendance attracting 6 CPD points.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Justice Margaret Joan Beazley AO
  • His Honour Judge Warwick Hunt
  • Max Kimber SC
  • James Renwick SC
  • Michael Hall SC
  • Belinda Rigg SC
  • Craig Smith SC
  • Andrew Stone SC
  • Mark Walsh SC
  • Greg Tolhurst
  • Kellie Stares
  • Matthew Conaglen

Download the full program here - [2018 Sydney 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).