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Yes, another reminder to complete our ‘Wellbeing at the Bar’ survey. I know there has been a lot of messaging about this over the past couple of weeks, but the survey is among the most important initiatives being undertaken at the Victorian Bar this year.
Developing an accurate understanding of the stressors that affect the health and wellbeing of our members will assist us to tailor the Bar’s strategies and resources.
It is just as important that we get responses from those who are not experiencing difficulties as it is to get them from those who are. If the survey is to achieve its objectives, the results need to be as representative as possible of the entire membership of the Victorian Bar.
The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
Thanks to the 704 of you who have completed the survey so far – another 296 will get us to our target of 1,000 – although there is no reason at all why we should not expect all of our 2,000+ practising members to participate in such a simple, but important project.
Bar subscriptions are due on 30 June – the end of next week. This year, all current practising members received their ‘subs’ electronically, via email. Members are, however, welcome to receive a printed invoice by request to the Bar Office. Your subscription pack is available by clicking the link in the email you received in the past few days. You will need to log in to the members’ area of the website to access the materials.
When completing your subscription, please consider making a donation to each of the Barristers’ Benevolent Fund, the Victorian Bar Foundation Ltd and the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery Ltd. All three do extraordinary work that reflects well on the Victorian Bar and all members. Donations to all three funds are tax deductible.
Jim Delany QC presented the Bar’s speech at the ceremonial farewell by the profession to the Hon Justice Robert Osborn. Jim’s speech may be read here. The video of the farewell ceremony can be viewed on the Supreme Court website.
The profession will extend a farewell the Hon Justice Lasry AM at a ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court this afternoon (Friday 22 June 2018) at 5:00 pm. My speech can be read here and will be streamed from the Supreme Court website.
There will be a Welcome to Magistrate Tara Hartnett at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 28 June 2018.
Congratulations go this week to Fiona McLeod SC, who was appointed the Chair of the Accountability Round Table, an organisation dedicated to honesty and integrity in the nation’s democracy.
Congratulations, too, to Arna Delle-Vergini, Wendy Boddison and Amanda Hurst, who have been appointed to the Mental Health Tribunal and commenced their new appointments last week.
Joseph O’Shea died on Wednesday, aged 91. He signed the Bar Roll in August 1949, took silk in 1968, and was appointed to the County Court on 1 April 1969. He served as a judge of the County Court with distinction for 30 years until his retirement in April 1999.
Margaret Mandalert died last Saturday, aged 75. She came to the Bar in May 1986 after having practised as a solicitor for 20 years in Melbourne, London and Geneva. She continued to practice at our Bar until just a few weeks ago. She was named a Victorian Bar Legend in 2012.
Behind the scenes this week, I met with the Hon Christian Porter MP, Commonwealth Attorney-General and Damien Carrick of the Radio National Law Report; addressed a meeting of the Women Barristers Association; chaired a meeting of Bar Council; and had dinner with the Vice-Chancellor of Melbourne University and the new Dean of the Melbourne Law School, Pip Nicholson.