Junior Bar Conference 2019
A full-day program for the Junior Bar Conference is underway in the Neil McPhee room today, with some excellent presentations canvassing advocacy fundamentals as well as important wellbeing sessions. A focus of the conference is how barristers can incorporate health and wellbeing into their lives by learning about resilience. There are also sessions on superannuation, technology and practice management.
For the first session of the day, I joined Victorian Legal Services Board CEO and Commissioner Fiona McLeay to reflect on the future of the profession. Among other matters, we discussed the work of the LSB+C in relation to wellbeing and sexual harassment in the profession.
About 100 barristers under 10 years’ call are attending the conference.
Special thanks to our primary sponsor LegalSuper for making the conference possible, and to sponsor Samsonite—two lucky attendees will win a $1,200 two-piece travel set and a check-in sized suitcase.
An honour or three
On Tuesday, I joined a small gathering of former Chairmen and Presidents of the Bar, colleagues and friends to celebrate the recognition of the Bar’s former Chairman Michael Shand AM QC and President Jim Peters AM QC, who with me were made members in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2019. It was also great to share the evening with Michael’s wife Claire Miller, Jim’s wife Sally Ninham and my partner Leonard Vary.
Bar Senior-Vice President Wendy Harris QC delivered, as always, a stylish toast.
Picture: Michael Shand AM QC, Jim Peters AM QC and Dr Matt Collins AM QC
New book about Australia’s most renowned jurist
Federation Press has announced the publication next month of a new book, ‘Sir Owen Dixon’s Legacy’, by John Eldridge and Timothy Pilkington.
Sir Owen signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 1910 and was appointed silk in 1922. He was Chairman of the Victorian Bar from 1927 until he was appointed to the High Court at the age of 42 in 1929.
The new book aims to contribute to the understanding of Sir Owen’s unrivalled body of jurisprudence. More information about the new book is available here.
Building and Construction Practitioners – call for EoIs
EoIs are sought from members interested in assisting the County Court of Victoria in forming a Building Cases List Users’ Group.
His Honour Judge Woodward, who has been appointed Chair of the list, has requested that the Bar nominate up to four barristers with experience in building and construction disputes (including in the County Court) to represent the Bar at an initial meeting.
Please forward your expression of interest to Denise Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for EoIs is Thursday 27 June 2019 at 5pm.
A busy week
Behind the scenes this week, I attended meetings of the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery Board and the interim Board of the Law Library of Victoria, and chaired meetings of the Bar Council and the Bar Council Executive.
I also met with Pitcher Partners to discuss the Law Library of Victoria and the Indigenous Justice Committee to review an exciting expansion of its internship program. I attended all three meetings of the Preliminary Evaluation Committee (PEC) to review applications for silk.