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ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Tue May 14 2019
Looking for a reason to book your next skiing adventure?

It is with great pleasure the ABA and NZBA announce that registration has opened for Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives

We are delighted to provide you with early bird registration access until 8 June.

Session Highlights

  • Keynote, The Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann
  • What Can Criminal Lawyers Teach Civil Litigators? The Hon. Justice Michael Corboy (AU), Marie Dhyrberg QC (NZ), Peter Callaghan SC (AU), Ken Archer (AU)
  • Advocacy in Inquiries Simon Mount QC (NZ), Rowena Orr QC (AU), Mary Scholtens QC (NZ) and Aaron Martin (Deputy Solicitor General, NZ)
  • Indigenous Rights, The Hon Christian Whata (NZ), Tony McAvoy SC (AU), Simeon Beckett (AU)
  • The Rights, Responsibilities and Role of Media in Criminal Justice, Arthur Moses SC (AU), Jonathan Eaton QC (NZ), Marie Mills (MD, Mills Wilson), Cate Brett (NZ), Garry Williams (NZ)
  • Americas Cup: Action on the Water and in the Courts, Dr James Farmer QC (NZ/AU), Dr Hamish Ross (NZ)

Visit the event website to learn about the:
• Excellent conference program and mountain-top gala dinner • Outdoor activities including catered sailing or snow golfing experiences • Selection of fabulous hotels available https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/ Register today to ensure your pick of the accommodation in Queenstown. Do not delay: rooms will sell quickly.

Attached are the following:
Speaker HighlightsConference Program We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

'Adult watch houses no place for children': Law Council of Australia

Tue May 14 2019
Media Release

The Law Council of Australia have today published a media release stating 'Urgent action must be taken to end the unacceptable practice of detaining children in adult watch houses in Queensland and to raise the age of criminal responsibility across all jurisdictions'.

'The ABC’s Four Corners program, which showed children as young as 10 being locked up – sometimes for weeks – in adult facilities in Queensland, was deeply concerning and must not be ignored,” says Law Council President, Arthur Moses SC.

A full copy of the media release is available here.

Click here to hear the President's interview by Fran Kelly, from ABC Radio this morning regarding the Four Corners’ story and minimum age of criminal responsibility.

Refugees & The Arts Series: Behrouz Boochani with Omid Tofighian in conversation with David Marr

Tue May 14 2019
Tomorrow

In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was detained on Manus Island. Earlier this year his novel 'No Friend But The Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison' was awarded the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction and Literature. Join Behrouz Boochani and the books translator Omid Tofighian, in conversation with David Marr, to hear about the importance of art and literature in advocacy and human rights.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

A night at the theatre – Prima Facie, a play by Suzie Miller

Tue May 14 2019

The Law Society of NSW invites you to a night of compelling Australian theatre at a special viewing of Prima Facie, an original play by Suzie Miller presented by the Griffin Theatre Company. This exclusive event on 6 June includes a stimulating Q&A, networking opportunities and refreshments. Tickets are available to purchase here.

10th annual Australasian Lawyers Surfing Association conference

Tue May 14 2019
13-20 October 2019

The 10th annual Australasian Lawyers Surfing Association conference will be held on the beautiful Indonesian island of Sumba from Sunday 13 October through to Sunday, 20 October 2019. The cost is $1500 which includes accommodation, food and conference fee. As usual the conference fee will be donated to the East Bali Poverty Project. Please see website (www.surfinglawyers.com.au) for details or contact Peter Strain at petermstrain@gmail.com

Healthy lawyers, justice critical focus of Law Week 2019

Mon May 13 2019
Law reform and public affairs

The Law Council of Australia is calling for greater awareness of the nexus between the health of our justice system and the health and wellbeing of clients, judges and lawyers this Law Week 2019.

"Governments must recognise there is real cost – financial and human – in failing to invest in justice and adequately fund the legal system. Chronically under-resourced courts, under-funding of legal assistance by successive governments and royal commissions with tight deadlines place huge strain on the community, the judiciary and the legal profession," Mr Moses said.

View the Law Council media release here.

Appointment of the Senior Counsel Selection Committee 2018

Sat May 11 2019
Governance

Bar Council has appointed the following as members of the 2019 Senior Counsel Selection Committee.

  • Tim Game SC
  • Michael McHugh SC
  • Julian Sexton SC
  • Katrina Howard SC
  • Garry Rich SC
  • Liz Collins SC
  • The Hon Carolyn Simpson
  • Bunja Smith

Tenth Floor St James Hall - Large External Room for Sale or Lease

Fri May 10 2019

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers currently has a large, well-lit, external room for sale or lease measuring 5.6m by 3.6 m. The room includes built in, wooden storage as well as a robing cupboard.

Tenth Floor St James Hall Chambers is a well-established, welcoming floor located opposite the Supreme Court of NSW. The Floor consists of 2 Senior Counsel and 8 Juniors, all of whom practice across a broad range of areas.

If you require any further information or would like to arrange an appointment to view the room, please contact the Clerk, Grace Kenny on 9224 1501 or at clerk.10@stjames.net.au. Click here to view photos.

All enquiries and applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Refugees & The Arts Series: Behrouz Boochani with Omid Tofighian in conversation with David Marr

Fri May 10 2019
23 May 2019

In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was detained on Manus Island. Earlier this year his novel 'No Friend But The Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison' was awarded the 2019 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction and Literature. Join Behrouz Boochani and the books translator Omid Tofighian, in conversation with David Marr, to hear about the importance of art and literature in advocacy and human rights.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Fri May 10 2019
Looking for a reason to book your next skiing adventure?

It is with great pleasure the ABA and NZBA announce that registration has opened for Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives

We are delighted to provide you with early bird registration access until 8 June.

Session Highlights

  • Keynote The Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann
  • What Can Criminal Lawyers Teach Civil Litigators? The Hon. Justice Michael Corboy (AU), Marie Dhyrberg QC (NZ), Peter Callaghan SC (AU), Ken Archer (AU)
  • Advocacy in Inquiries Simon Mount QC (NZ), Rowena Orr QC (AU), Mary Scholtens QC (NZ) and Aaron Martin (Deputy Solicitor General, NZ)
  • Indigenous Rights The Hon Christian Whata (NZ), Tony McAvoy SC (AU), Simeon Beckett (AU)
  • The Rights, Responsibilities and Role of Media in Criminal Justice Arthur Moses SC (AU), Jonathan Eaton QC (NZ), Marie Mills (MD, Mills Wilson), Cate Brett (NZ), Garry Williams (NZ)
  • Americas Cup: Action on the Water and in the Courts Dr James Farmer QC (NZ/AU), Dr Hamish Ross (NZ)

Visit the event website to learn about the:
• Excellent conference program and mountain-top gala dinner • Outdoor activities including catered sailing or snow golfing experiences • Selection of fabulous hotels available https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/ Register today to ensure your pick of the accommodation in Queenstown. Do not delay: rooms will sell quickly.

Attached are the following:
Speaker HighlightsConference Program We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

15 Bobber- The Hon Justice Andrew Bell & The Hon Justice Angus Stewart

Fri May 10 2019
Collegiality

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the The Hon Justice Bell & The Hon Justice Stewart celebrating their recent appointments. The celebration will take place on Friday the 14th of June from 5:15pm onwards in the Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for The Hon Justice Bell will be Ian Pike SC, speaking for The Hon Justice Stewart will be Elizabeth Cheeseman SC.

The President will also present Arthur Moses SC with his Life Membership Certificate.

Tickets are $15 if you pre-register or $25 cash at the door.

The event begins at 5.15pm with speeches beginning at 5.30pm. RSVP here.

First Nations Consensus in Constitutional Reform

Thu May 09 2019
Exchanging Ideas: First Nations Consensus in Constitutional Reform, Nation Building and Treaty Making Processes

The Judicial Commission of NSW is partnering with the Law Society of NSW and the Bar Association to organise a one-day conference on Saturday, 15 June 2019 to facilitate communication between judicial officers, lawyers, and Aboriginal community members.

The 2017 National Constitutional Convention at Uluru brought together over 250 Indigenous leaders to discuss approaches to constitutional reform. That conference saw the making of the Uluru Statement From the Heart which set out the aspirations for Aboriginal people for Constitutional recognition, agreement making and truth telling about Indigenous history. But how was consensus reached? What happened during that journey? And more importantly, how can we learn from this achievement and apply it to other challenges faced by the Indigenous community?

The processes of nation building and treaty making that are currently being undertaken in a number of communities and jurisdictions also create challenges for the design of processes that can be inclusive and can facilitative of community consensus.

Join us for a conversation on the making of the Uluru Statement, the mechanisms used to engage in dialogue and other approaches to similar issues. Register here

Date and time: Saturday 15 June 2019, 10:00am – 4:30pm

Venue: Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney (Admission is complimentary, however registrations must be received by 10 June 2019) *5 CPD Points

Speakers include:

  • Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous UNSW and Professor of Law, UNSW Law
  • Professor Mick Dodson AM, Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner
  • Ms Jill Gallagher AO, Commissioner, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
  • Mr Sean Gordon, Chair, Uphold & Recognise and former Chief Executive Officer with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Mr Anthony McAvoy SC, Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owner, barrister and native title law expert
  • Professor Daryle Rigney, University of Technology Sydney (former Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science at Flinders University)
  • Mr Damein Bell, CEO, Gunditj Mirring Aboriginal Corporation
  • Ms Teela May Reid, lawyer and human rights advocate

*CPD Units – If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.

ABA/NZBA Joint Conference | Queenstown | 23-24 August 2019

Thu May 09 2019
Looking for a reason to book your next skiing adventure?

It is with great pleasure the ABA and NZBA announce that registration has opened for Antipodean Advocacy: Trans-Tasman Perspectives

We are delighted to provide you with early bird registration access until 8 June.

Session Highlights

  • Keynote The Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann
  • What Can Criminal Lawyers Teach Civil Litigators? The Hon. Justice Michael Corboy (AU), Marie Dhyrberg QC (NZ), Peter Callaghan SC (AU), Ken Archer (AU)
  • Advocacy in Inquiries Simon Mount QC (NZ), Rowena Orr QC (AU), Mary Scholtens QC (NZ) and Aaron Martin (Deputy Solicitor General, NZ)
  • Indigenous Rights The Hon Christian Whata (NZ), Tony McAvoy SC (AU), Simeon Beckett (AU)
  • The Rights, Responsibilities and Role of Media in Criminal Justice Arthur Moses SC (AU), Jonathan Eaton QC (NZ), Marie Mills (MD, Mills Wilson), Cate Brett (NZ), Garry Williams (NZ)
  • Americas Cup: Action on the Water and in the Courts Dr James Farmer QC (NZ/AU), Dr Hamish Ross (NZ)

Visit the event website to learn about the:
• Excellent conference program and mountain-top gala dinner • Outdoor activities including catered sailing or snow golfing experiences • Selection of fabulous hotels available https://nzconf.austbar.asn.au/ Register today to ensure your pick of the accommodation in Queenstown. Do not delay: rooms will sell quickly.

Attached are the following:
Speaker HighlightsConference Program We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

Barristers Classifieds

Thu May 09 2019
Member services and benefits

The online Barristers' Classifieds enables every member of the Bar Association to buy or sell chambers, wigs, gowns, law reports and more. Simply login to your member dashboard via the Bar Association's home page. Standard posts are free of charge, but can be upgraded to premium with the addition of photos and a credit card payment of $25.

If you have any questions or difficulties using the system, contact the publications and promotions co-ordinator, Michelle Nisbet.

BarADR Mediation Accreditation

Thu May 09 2019
Now open

The Bar Association, through the ADR Committee, invites members to apply for mediator accreditation under the National Mediation Accreditation System (NMAS).

Applications are now open and can be made online here. Guidance on how to use the online application system can be found here.

Members who hold a practising certificate, have at least five years’ experience as legal practitioners and who have met the NMAS training and experience standards are eligible to be accredited as mediators by the Bar Association. Familiarise yourself with NMAS’s Approval Standards and Practice Standards, which are available here to ensure that you meet the requirements for accreditation.

Applications are also sought from:

  • members of the Bar wishing to be accredited by the Bar Association and whose accreditations with other Recognised Mediation Accreditation Bodies (RMABs) are about to expire; and,

  • those who have been accredited by the Bar Association or another RMAB but whose accreditations have lapsed.

The Bar Association is further inviting prospective and existing accredited mediators to apply for their names to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and/or District Court mediator lists.

You may apply to become an accredited mediator and not apply to be considered for inclusion on the Supreme Court and District Court mediator lists – the online application form provides you with this option. Please note, however, that you must be accredited by the Bar Association should you wish your name to appear on either Court’s list.

The closing date to submit your online form and to upload all relevant evidence in support of your application is 5pm on 21 May 2019.

Please contact Reception on (02) 9232 4055 or email us at BarADR@nswbar.asn.au if you have any questions about the accreditation process or the Courts’ mediator lists.

Applications for membership of committees for 2019-20

Thu May 09 2019
Governance

Applications for membership of Bar Association Committees for 2019-20 are now open. The deadline for expressions of interest is 5.00pm Friday, 1 June 2019. More information on how to nominate is available here.

ABA International Conference: Singapore 11-12 July 2019

Wed May 08 2019
Early bird registrations close today - no extensions possible

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from some of the profession’s greatest minds and enjoy networking with colleagues from throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Asia. Register from as little as $1,990*

Register now!

Social & Networking Events

Wednesday 10 July: Arrival Drinks

Mr Stork

Nestled at the rooftop on Level 39 of the Andaz, Mr Stork is a destination bar providing 360-degree views of the city. Named after the white and long-legged birds, which are often viewed as a good omen, Mr Stork houses ten teepee huts and relaxed seating set amid lush tropical landscaping to best enjoy the breathtaking views.

Dress: smart casual

Thursday 11 July: Welcome Party

Aura, National Gallery of Singapore

Spanning across two floors of National Gallery Singapore, Aura is an elegant and modern multi-concept dining destination by Michelin star chef-restaurateur Beppe de Vito. Join delegates at the former Supreme Court of Singapore as we celebrate the conclusion of day 1 with spectacular views of Singapore.

Dress: smart

Friday 12 July: Gala Dinner

The Clifford Pier, Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Fullerton Bay Hotel is a modern hotel that pays tribute to a bygone era. Infused with a sense of refinement and a style that is both contemporary and international, its iconic dining destination is The Clifford Pier. Join colleagues under the white vaulted ceiling at this fabulous and exclusive destination as we celebrate the close of the conference.

Dress: black-tie

For more information on the excellent program, speakers and sponsors of Convergence, please visit the website: http://convergence2019.com.au

Enquiries

  • Camilla Gray
  • ABA Event Manager
  • E: rsvp@austbar.asn.au
  • T: 02 9229 1720
  • M: 0411 323 873 *Junior Bar under 7 years at the bar - first 30 registrants

2019 Maurice Byers Annual Lecture

Wed May 08 2019
At the lectern

The 2019 Maurice Byers lecture will be given by the Hon Justice Walter Sofronoff, president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. The lecture titled “The Constitutional Significance of the Barrister in Australia” will be held on 29 August in the Common Room of the NSW Bar Association. All are welcome to attend.

Law Council scholarships

Wed May 08 2019

The Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia offers three scholarships to junior lawyers (no more than four years' experience) in the fields of taxation, competition and corporations law. Entries close at 5.00pm on 30 August 2019.

Learned Friends Conference - Seville/Lisbon

Wed May 08 2019
Conference

In August 2019 (19 – 26 August) Learned Friends is holding a Conference in Seville/Lisbon. Speakers include Judge Dina Yehia SC, Mark Robinson SC, Suzanne Christie SC and Kim Morrissey. Please note that Seville and Lisbon are popular destinations and as such flights and accommodation will be limited and early bookings are recommended.

For more information visit their website www.learnedfriends.com.au or email admin@learnedfriends.com.au.

NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards

Wed May 08 2019
Nominations now open

The NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding women lawyers, mentors and firms that have achieved excellence in their area of practice and helped create opportunities for women in the law. Nominations are open and close 31st May. We would encourage you to support the biennial Awards by nominating yourself, your firm, your mentor, or many of the other outstanding members of our legal community. Please visit our 2019 Awards page for details.

Proudly sponsored by the Law Society of NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Department of Justice, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Australia and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

15 Bobber- The Hon Justice Andrew Bell & The Hon Justice Angus Stewart

Tue May 07 2019
Collegiality

Members of the NSW Bar Association are invited to attend the 15 Bobber for the The Hon Justice Bell & The Hon Justice Stewart celebrating their recent appointments. The celebration will take place on Friday the 14th of June from 5:15pm onwards in the Bar Association Common Room. Speaking for The Hon Justice Bell will be Ian Pike SC, speaking for The Hon Justice Stewart will be Elizabeth Cheeseman SC.

The President will also present Arthur Moses SC with his Life Membership Certificate.

Tickets are $15 if you pre-register or $25 cash at the door.

The event begins at 5.15pm with speeches beginning at 5.30pm. RSVP here.

Have you moved?

Tue May 07 2019
Governance

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 Georgina Stow by e-mail at certification@nswbar.asn.au.