New Silks 2018
If I had a dollar for every time someone has said to me in the past month, “when are the silks being announced?” I’d be, um, moderately well off (as if I knew the date, anyway).
The answer came yesterday morning, when the Chief Justice announced that she had appointed 25 new silks: 18 men and 7 women, ranging in age from 43 to 61.
The appointment of silks each year is a very substantial task, involving widespread consultation with the judiciary and the profession and, this year, individual interviews of all candidates by the Chief Justice. On behalf of the Bar, I thank the Chief Justice for the time, energy and rigour that she has dedicated to the appointment of this year’s silks. The community can have absolute confidence that all of those appointed are leaders of the profession in terms of skill, experience and integrity.
To our new silks, savour the next few days and weeks. You will be inundated by genuine well wishes from colleagues who celebrate in your achievement, and reminded of what a strong college we are at the Victorian Bar.
Our new silks, in order of seniority, are:
William Lye OAM
P Justin Hannebery
Dr Andrew Hanak
Dr Catherine Button
Dr Michael Rush
The Bar’s media release with further information about this year’s cohort of silks is on our website.
New Victorian Attorney-General and Minister for Youth Justice
On behalf of the Victorian Bar, I welcome the announcement yesterday of the appointments of the Honourable Jill Hennessy as Attorney-General and the Honourable Ben Carroll as Minister for Youth Justice.
I also acknowledge the work done by the outgoing Attorney-General, the Hon Martin Pakula, with whom I and my predecessors have enjoyed an open and constructive relationship over the past four years.
The Victorian Bar is committed to constructive engagement with both State and Federal governments and oppositions in relation to matters relevant to, among other matters, law reform, the administration of justice, the defence of an independent judiciary, the rule of law, access to justice, and the indispensable role played by a strong and independent Bar.
I look forward to working with Ms Hennessy and Mr Carroll on the many important areas covered by their portfolios.
Save the Date – ABA “Convergence” conference in Singapore – 11-12 July 2019
The ABA has released a flyer for its next conference, to be held in July in Singapore, which will focus on litigation skills in a range of practice areas. Presenters will be leaders in the profession, including Chief Justice Kiefel AC. The conference will bring together practitioners from across Australia and the region and showcase the strengths of all of Australia’s independent referral bars.
When I saw the flyer, my eye was immediately caught by the topical theme for the conference –“convergence”. I barely noticed the photos of the Andaz pool or the Atlas bar. I did not google the average temperature in Singapore in July.
The ABA has negotiated special airfare rates with Singapore Airlines, which include substantial discounts for those who want to travel on, after Singapore, to other parts of the world such as other parts of Asia, Europe and North America. The conference is an ideal destination in itself, or an ideal starting point for a winter break in the middle of next year.
Now is definitely the time to save the date for the conference, and to register your interest by visiting convergence2019.com.au. To find out about special airfare rates on Singapore Airlines fares, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A busy week
This week the new Bar Council started business in earnest, with the induction of new Bar Councillors on Tuesday, and their first full length meeting on Wednesday evening followed by drinks for retiring Bar Councillors and others who have made a substantial contribution to the life of the Bar over the past 12 months. On Monday I met with our CEO for our regular weekly catch-up. On Tuesday I attended an excellent CPD in the Neil McPhee room on the Law Council’s gender equitable briefing policy, at which new data was presented showing disturbingly low rates of appearances by women in both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Further work is needed in this area: expect to see exactly that, and more, in the coming weeks and months.
Welcome for His Honour Magistrate Kune
The Court will welcome Magistrate Randall Kune on Thursday 6 December at 9.15 in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court.