Thank you for your warm and constructive feedback on the re-design of In Brief
and your enquiries as to whether the struck through text was intentional.
Last year, a record number of our members participated in the largest ever survey conducted of the state of the Victorian Bar. The close-to-final results were presented to Bar Council last night and provide a fascinating insight into the changing demography of the Bar, income levels, progress on equitable briefing, and changing work composition and practices. The results will be presented to the Bar at a special late-afternoon event on 27 March 2018. Save the date—more details will follow.
Speaking of the changing demography of our Bar, later this year the Arts and Collections Committee will exhibit an extraordinary showcase of black and white photographs of current members of the Bar in the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery on the ground floor of Owen Dixon Chambers. All members can be a part of this exciting project by having their photograph taken by the photographer who will be in the Gallery over the next two weeks. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the living history of our Bar. For more details, see the Vicbar News & Events section below.
Yesterday we welcomed our March 2018 Readers. We have a cohort of 45 readers from diverse backgrounds, who will spend the next nine weeks undertaking our intensive and challenging Readers’ Course. I have emphasised to the new Readers our core values as a college of independent advocates including, of course, collegiality and the open door policy. Please make our newest Readers feel welcome when you see them around chambers.
Behind the scenes, this week, the team and I have been active on a number of ongoing projects related to pro bono work, diversity and inclusion, and the promotion of the Bar as a centre of legal excellence.
Congratulations to Susan Gatford, who was elected to Bar Council at the by-election this week. Susan has previously served on Bar Council and it was a pleasure to welcome her back to the team at our meeting yesterday afternoon.
Congratulations also to Kerri Judd QC who has been appointed Director of Public Prosecutions in Victoria, and to Brendan Kissane QC who has been appointed as Victoria’s Chief Crown Prosecutor. On behalf of the Bar, I wish them the very best for this new stage of their service to justice and the rule of law.