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Fitted for Work clothing drive closes tomorrow

Thu Jun 22 2017

Clear out your (or your partner’s) closet for a good cause – Fitted For Work clothing drive, 19 – 23 June 2017. Fitted for Work is a charity that dresses and coaches disadvantaged women for job interviews. Members are asked to raid their (or their partner’s) wardrobes and donate good quality business clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories to the inaugural Fitted For Work clothing drive. Donations can be delivered to Two Wentworth Chambers between 19-23 June 2017. All donations will be delivered to Fitted for Work in Parramatta.

Panel Discussion: Elder Law & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Thu Jun 22 2017

Elder mediation is a new and growing practice area gaining increased attention. As our population ages there is going to be an inevitable increase is disputes between family members and other third parties (such as nursing homes, retirement villages and financial institutions). The Law Society will host a panel discussion on Thursday, 22 June 2017 at 5.30pm. Learn more here

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Thu Jun 22 2017
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Out in the cold: Moses SC in the 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Thu Jun 22 2017

President Arthur Moses SC is closing in on his fundraising target in tonight's 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout. This year $4.4m has been pledged to support the St Vincent de Paul's homeless services. Moses SC has set a fundraising target of $20,000. Please give generously. Make your donation here.

Parliament needs more than one day to consider lethal force legislation

Wed Jun 21 2017

The Bar Association and the Law Society of NSW have issued a joint media release urging the New South Wales Parliament not to pass a new terrorism bill in haste. The Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Police Powers and Parole) Bill 2017 would, among other things, enable the commissioner of police to declare an incident a terrorist act, authorising the use of force (including lethal force) by police. "We urge the Government to allow proper consideration of the Bill to ensure that it does not contain any unintended consequences and in fact meets the objectives it purports to be directed at achieving", the presidents said. View the media release here.

Vale Carolyn Jane Barkell

Wed Jun 21 2017

Carolyn Barkell, former barrister and magistrate, has died. A funeral will be held at 1.30pm Friday, 23 June 2017 at West Chapel, Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park followed by a gathering at Timbah, 375 Glebe Point Road, Glebe from 2.30pm. Please send flowers to the memorial park.

Appointment to note: NSW privacy commissioner

Wed Jun 21 2017

Attorney General Mark Speakman today announced the proposed appointment of Samantha Gavel as NSW privacy commissioner after an independent recruitment process led by the NSW public service commissioner. View the media release here.

Ethical Guidance Scheme

Tue Jun 20 2017

The Bar Association conducts an ethical guidance scheme whereby barrister members of the New South Wales Bar Association can seek urgent ethical guidance. The scheme operates in the following manner:

  • Barristers may contact senior counsel currently serving on the Bar Association’s professional conduct committees. In urgent cases the contact may be by telephone.

  • The names and telephone numbers of senior counsel can be obtained by telephoning the Bar Association’s Professional Conduct Department (phone 9232 4055). The names of senior counsel serving on professional conduct committees are also available on the Bar Association website on the Appointments page that lists all Bar Council committees.

  • If the barrister wishes to have a record of the discussion with senior counsel, he or she should send a letter to senior counsel as soon as is practicable, recording the facts and the guidance given. A copy of the letter to senior counsel may also, if the barrister wishes, be sent to the Director, Professional Conduct.

  • However, any decision and all responsibility is that of the individual barrister. The role of senior counsel is to provide an opportunity for discussion to assist members in reaching a conclusion, not to give legal advice or a 'ruling'. (A previous system for providing ‘ethics rulings’ to barristers was reviewed by the Bar Council some years ago and is no longer in place).

  • Members should, of course make themselves familiar with the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015. The rules are available on the Bar Association website's Uniform Law page and the New South Wales legislation website.

  • There is no provision in the current barristers’ conduct rules for the Bar Council or president to waive compliance with any rule.

  • Similarly there is no provision in the rules requiring the approval of the Bar Council or president (as was the case with the previous rules 96 and 99(n)).

  • If you have any questions about the ethical guidance scheme please contact the Bar Association’s Professional Conduct Department (on phone 9232 4055 or at pcd@nswbar.asn.au )

Coming up in CPD: Mediation Advocacy - Ethics & Skills

Tue Jun 20 2017
Presented by David Ash. Chaired by Ian Davidson SC.

On Wednesday, 28 June 2017 there will be a CPD seminar dealing with three advocacy issues in the context of mediation. First, advocate's immunity. Secondly, ethics (with reference to the Bar Rules and the Civil Procedure Act). Thirdly, the advocate's role in numerous aspects including choosing a mediator, pre-mediation conferences with the client, preparing a position paper, making an opening, advising the client during mediation, and preparing for settlement. For full details please download a flyer here.

Money for courtrooms and CLCs in the NSW Budget

Tue Jun 20 2017

The NSW Government has released its 2017-18 budget and among the key initiatives for the justice system are: $17.8 million towards redevelopment of the Surry Hills Children’s Court; $8.54 million for two new secure trial courtrooms; and $6m over two years for Community Legal Centres. View the attorney general's media release here.

A great EOFY deal from the MBA Car Buying Service

Tue Jun 20 2017
Free service for members, saving time and money

June is a great time to look at upgrading your vehicle; if you are in the market for a new car, let the MBA Car Buying Service help. It's an obligation free, complete end to end car purchasing service, where you pick the car and we take care of the rest. We can help you achieve a great deal on any new car you are looking to purchase, regardless of make or model. As well as sourcing a competitive price, we can look after your trade-in, and even organise finance and insurance.

Online art auction for the EDO NT

Mon Jun 19 2017

Each year the Environment Defenders Office NT ('EDO NT') holds an online art auction. The EDO NT lost its funding in the 2014 federal budget and now relies on the auction to fund its operations. The online auction will remain open until 22 June 2017. More information about the artists and their works can be found hereand here.

The EDO NT is a not-for-profit legal centre which represents many community members, including Aboriginal clients, to protect their environment.

Voice & Performance Skills for Barristers

Fri Jun 16 2017

Tuesday 20 June, 2017 (Tuesday 27 June cancelled)

"Voice and performance coaching should in my view form an integral part of all advocacy training.” Justice Johann Kriegler Former Constitutional Court and Appeal Court Judge, South Africa

Location

NSW Bar Association Common Room

Open to

Any practising barrister Limited numbers (max 12)

Content

Session 1 | Opening Address and Closing Submission

  • Story telling appropriate for the courtroom
  • Physical and vocal presence
  • Managing speech and vocal mannerisms
  • Using gesture
  • Controlling your content and your audience
  • Staying calm under pressure

Session 2 | Examination of witnesses

  • Listening to the witness
  • Controlling the rhythm in examination
  • Buying time to think and navigate
  • Keeping the Judge in the communication
  • Managing nerves
  • Personalized feedback

Lead Facilitators

Lucy Cornell, Founder of Voice Coach

Christina Koch, Lead Voice Coach, Sydney

Investment

$800 per person http://www.voicecoach.net/advocates

Voice Coach has trained court advocates for 10 years in 5 jurisdictions over 14 intensive mock trial courses alongside faculties of silks and judges. 4 CPD Points | Barristers' Skills strand

Voice & Performance Skills for Barristers

Fri Jun 16 2017

Tuesday 20 June 2017 (Tuesday 27 June cancelled)

"Voice and performance coaching should in my view form an integral part of all advocacy training.” Justice Johann Kriegler Former Constitutional Court and Appeal Court Judge, South Africa

Location

NSW Bar Association Common Room

Open to

Any practising barrister Limited numbers (max 12)

Content

Session 1 | Opening Address and Closing Submission

  • Story telling appropriate for the courtroom
  • Physical and vocal presence
  • Managing speech and vocal mannerisms
  • Using gesture
  • Controlling your content and your audience
  • Staying calm under pressure

Session 2 | Examination of witnesses

  • Listening to the witness
  • Controlling the rhythm in examination
  • Buying time to think and navigate
  • Keeping the Judge in the communication
  • Managing nerves
  • Personalized feedback

Lead Facilitators

Lucy Cornell, Founder of Voice Coach

Christina Koch, Lead Voice Coach, Sydney

Investment

$800 per person http://www.voicecoach.net/advocates

Voice Coach has trained court advocates for 10 years in 5 jurisdictions over 14 intensive mock trial courses alongside faculties of silks and judges. 4 CPD Points | Barristers' Skills strand

Bar Association committees for 2017-18

Thu Jun 15 2017

President Arthur Moses SC has announced the Bar Association committees for 2017-18. The new committees formally come into effect on 3 July 2017. View the full list of appointees here

RSVPs open for Tutors and Readers Dinner 2017

Thu Jun 15 2017

All readers from the 2/16 and 1/17 Bar Practice Course and their tutors are invited to attend the Tutors & Readers Dinner on Friday, 28 July 2017. The dinner will be held at the No. 1 William Room, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney. The dinner will begin at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and the dress for the evening is business attire. The guest speaker is The Hon Justice Julia Lonergan and the readers speaker is Armen Karlozian. For further information and to RSVP, please see the event webpage.

BAR FC grind out a draw

Wed Jun 14 2017

Yesterday, Bar FC came from a 1-0 deficit against Investors Mutual to even the game and share the points. A trying first half saw Captain Philips working overtime to keep the attack at bay. Kuklik was likewise under the pump, donning the gloves and performing admirably between the sticks.

Sir Alex pointed out in the half time spray that the wind assistance in the second half meant Bar FC should be able to get something out of the match. Nice lead up play saw Morrison turn expertly on the edge of the area and slot a ball past the diving keeper. A better second half meant that Bar FC maintained the momentum and were unlucky not to win all three points.

A very solid performance from all on the pitch meant Sir Alex remained content with the performance (albeit still without a win for the season).

The team sheet was as follows:

  • Nicole Compton
  • Faraz Maghami
  • Simon Philips
  • Angus Lang
  • Joe Hunter
  • Alex Kuklik
  • Darren Covell
  • Ivan Griscti
  • Geoff O'Shea
  • Lachlan Gyles
  • Justin Hogan Doran
  • Hugh Morrison

BarBooks EOFY sale

Wed Jun 14 2017

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The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference

Wed Jun 14 2017
11-13 August, Federal Court of Australia, Law Courts Building, Sydney

Registration to attend the Future of Australian Legal Education Conference, to be held from 11-13 August, have now opened.

A special Early Bird registration rate is available until 1 June. For registration and further details, see the Conference flyer.

Junior Drinks June 2017

Wed Jun 14 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 Thursday, 15 June 2017 at the Verandah Bar from 5.30pm.