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Essoign Art Exhibition – Works from the “Continental Shift” series of Richard Besley

[23 May 2007]

An exhibition of works on paper will be held in the Essoign Club from 17 May to 8 June 2007.  These works by Richard Besley are comprised predominantly of pastel on paper and employ a unique technique of building up and paring back multiple layers of pigment to create delicate and intricate compositions.  The works are part of his continuing “Continental Shift” series in which patterns derived from nature are reduced to abstract forms.  Richard Besley works both as an artist and as a community legal centre lawyer.
Download further information and a sample of the artwork below.

The State of the Victorian Judicature Address

[23 May 2007]

The Chief Justice of Victoria, the Hon Marilyn Warren AC, delivered her address on Tuesday 22 May 2007 in the Banco Court, Supreme Court of Victoria.

Legal Reporting Awards

[23 May 2007]

Congratulations to Geoff Wilkinson of the Herald Sun, Legal Reporter of the Year, and to the other winnners.

Obituary – Peter Hayes QC

[22 May 2007]

It is with great sadness that the Chairman informs members of the Bar of the death of Peter Hayes QC on 21 May 2007.  Peter was admitted to practice on 1 March 1973 and signed the Roll of Counsel on 8 March 1973.  He was a member of our Bar for over 34 years, more than 18 of those as Queen’s Counsel.  He was a courageous and determined advocate and will be sadly missed.

Appointment – Dr Karin Emerton, Crown Counsel (Advisings)

[22 May 2007]

The Attorney-General has announced the appointment of Dr Karin Emerton as Crown Counsel (Advisings) for a three year term.

The Bar congratulates Dr Emerton on her appointment.

Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration

[18 May 2007]

Presented by the Australian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Download course brochure and details course content below.

Appointment – The Honourable Justice Murray Kellam AO to the Court of Appeal

[17 May 2007]

The Attorney-General has announced the appointment of The Honourable Justice Kellam AO to the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

The Bar congratulates the Honourable Justice Kellam on his appointment.

Appointment – Gaetano (Tony) Pagone QC to the Supreme Court of Victoria

[17 May 2007]

The Attorney-General has announced the appointment of Gaetano (Tony) Pagone QC to the Supreme Court of Victoria.
The Bar congratulates Mr Pagone on his appointment.

Hong Kong Trade Mission

[16 May 2007]

In October this year a small group of representatives of the Australian Bar Association (ABA) will take part in a trade mission to Hong Kong, with the purpose of promoting Australian barristers to Hong Kong solicitors as another source of advice on legal matters generally and Australian law in particular. 

The ABA will develop a web site dedicated to those who are willing to accept work from other jurisdictions. In addition, the ABA mission will take to Hong Kong a directory of barristers which will contain the sort of information necessary to assist a Hong Kong solicitor to make an informed decision.

At a recent conference, the Vice President of the Hong Kong Law Society observed that the principal demand for legal in-services in Hong Kong related to the international capital market, mergers and acquisitions, commercial litigation and international arbitration, international tax planning and corporate law, intellectual property, human capital law and real estate and construction.

Members are invited to consider whether they wish to be included in the directory and on the web site. If you do, then you must complete the template below, supply a high resolution electronic image of yourself, pay the requisite fee and then forward all of those to the ABA secretariat by no later than 30 June 2007. The fee will be used to pay for: partly subsidising the cost of the mission, the costs associated with the web site, printing the brochure, placing advertisements in Hong Kong
newspapers, conducting information sessions for Hong Kong solicitors, and the continuing work
necessary to raise the profile of the Australian Bar as a source of expertise to overseas lawyers.

Altered Supreme Court Access

[14 May 2007]

Stage one of the works in the northwest (Banco) corner of the Court have now been completed. Building activity has now moved to the southwest (Court 15) corner of the Court.
The diagram below attempts to show the new access arrangements.

Frank Costigan QC

[14 May 2007]

Congratulations to Frank on celebrating the 50th anniversary of his signing the Bar roll.

Frank signed the roll on 13 May 1957 in the Selbourne Chambers of the then Chairman of the Bar Council, Murray McInerney QC.  The Hon Jack Hedigan also signed the roll on that occasion.

Law Week at the Bar – “The Queen Vs ‘Ned’ Kelly”

[11 May 2007]

As part of Law Week, the Victorian Bar proudly presents a screening of the Ned Kelly trial as performed in the Supreme Court in Victoria in 2000, to be held on 16 May 2007 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Neil McPhee room, Owen Dixon Chambers East. Download the flier below.

Women Barristers’ Association: Meeting 13 June 2007

[11 May 2007]

The Annual General Meeting of the Women Barristers Association will be held on Wednesday 13 June 2007 at 1 pm in the Neil Forsyth Room 1st Floor Owen Dixon Chambers. After the presentation of reports, the committee for 2007-2008 will be appointed.
 
All members are encouraged to consider nominating for the committee.
Nomination forms can be obtained from Simone Jacobson, simonejacobson@vicbar.com.au

2007 Law Week Oration: ‘Does Australia need a Bill of Rights?’

[10 May 2007]

Date: Tuesday 15 May 2007
Time: 5.30pm registration and refreshments, 6.15pm lecture
Venue: Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Speaker: The Hon. Michael McHugh AC QC, Former Justice of the High Court of Australia

This event is now fully booked.

VWL & WBA Women Lawyer Achievement Awards (Victoria) 2007

[10 May 2007]

Congratulations to Alexandra Richards QC, Professor Jenny Morgan of the Melbourne University Law School and Paula O’Brien from the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) -  the winners of the jointly hosted VWL and WBA Women Lawyer Achievement Awards (Victoria) 2007. The awards were presented by the Honourable Rob Hulls MP, Attorney-General for Victoria, at a dinner at Queen’s Hall, Parliament House last night on Tuesday 8 May 2007. The guest speaker for the evening was Chief Justice Diana Bryant of the Family Court of Australia.

Reminder: Bar Dinner, Saturday 2 June 2007

[10 May 2007]

Members are reminded that the Bar Dinner will be held at the Melbourne Museum on Saturday 2 June 2007.  Places are limited and members are advised to return acceptances to the Executive Officer at the Bar office by FRIDAY 18 MAY 2007.

Bar Office Closure

[8 May 2007]

The Bar office will be closed for the public holiday on Monday 11 June 2007. Office hours will resume as usual on Tuesday 12 June.

Launch of the Indigenous Barristers' Fund

[5 May 2007]

Last Friday evening, Professor Mick Dodson, a member of our Bar launched the Fund which is intended to support Indigenous barristers in commencing their careers at the Bar.

The Fund is a major initiative of the Bar, and an expression of its commitment to bring talented Indigenous law graduates into the mainstream of legal practice in Victoria.  Download the Chairman's letter and donation form.

National Institute of Forensic Science: Expressions of Interest for Workshop Participation

[1 May 2007]

National Institute of Forensic Science is the peak body for Forensic Science in Australia. Their mandate covers education and training, quality management, research, information exchange etc. Their website is www.nifs.com.au

One of the regular programs conducted by the Institute is the “Provision of Expert Evidence” workshops which are conducted in every capital city on a cyclical basis. The last workshop in Melbourne was in 2005. The workshops are designed to introduce police and scientists who may appear as expert witnesses to their role in the court and to give them some experience of being examined and cross-examined. To make the experience as realistic as possible the workshops are conducted in ‘real’ courts with ‘real’ judges and advocates. The moot court component of this workshop will be conducted on Sunday 20th May in the Old High Court.

Although the workshops are primarily organized to assist the witnesses, feedback from advocates who have assisted in the past has indicated that they all benefited from the experience. The Victorian Bar has agreed to award CLE points to advocates who assist with the workshop, in part, recognizing that the learning is a two way process.

The National Institute of Forensic Science is therefore calling for expressions of interest from members to participate in a “Provision of Expert Evidence” workshop on Sunday 20th May 9.00 -5.00. The advocates will either examine or cross examine 12 witnesses representing 4-5 different discipline groups. Each witness is only in the box for 20 minutes which includes examination in chief, cross examination and feedback. Materials will be sent out approximately two weeks prior to the workshop.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Anna Davey, Deputy Director, National Institute of Forensic Science on 9640 0707 or anna.davey@nifs.com.au

Welcome - Her Honour Judge Kennedy on her appointment as a judge of the County Court

[1 May 2007]

A Welcome has been extended by the Legal Profession for her Honour Judge Kennedy on her appointment to the County Court.