Tuesday evening witnessed the very successful launch of the Bar’s Revised Code of Conduct comprising policies against sexual harassment, workplace bullying and discrimination. Well over 200 people attended the on-line launch.
The revised Code required a substantial amount of work and effort in the planning and delivery. I wish to extend my personal thanks to SVP Roisin Annesley QC, JVP Darryl Burnett and Nawaar Hassan of the Bar Council for their tireless efforts in bringing this important new policy to fruition.
Thursday morning was the online Work Experience Day for the 30 winning students of the Victorian Bar Foundation Student Achievement Awards. The Award encourages young adults from all walks of life to consider a career at the Bar and convey the message that the Bar is open to all on merit, irrespective of their social status, economic circumstances, ethnic background, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or gender. The 30 winning students are studying legal studies at the 16 high schools in the Hume region, and this morning heard from the Honourable Justice Rita Incerti about her legal career and the Supreme Court. Then the students had a Q and A session with Bar members Sandip Mukerjea and Christopher Tran, who answered their thoughtful questions about how and why to pursue a career in the law before the Honourable Justice Gordon AC, the Patron of the Award, surprised the students by dropping into the Zoom to wish them luck with their exams! Members who would be interested in participating in future VBF Student Achievement Award programs are welcome to register their interest with Georgie Coleman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Christopher Blanden QC