Bar Council elections are just around the corner
Next week, all members who are eligible to vote will receive formal notice of the Bar Council elections for 2019–20. The timetable this year is as follows:
Opening of nomination period 9 am, Monday 14 October 2019
Close of nomination period 5 pm, Monday 28 October 2019
Voting opens 9 am, Wednesday 30 October 2019
Close of Voting 5 pm, Wednesday 13 November 2019
Declaration of the Poll 4:45 pm, Thursday 14 November 2019
As I prepare to walk out the door, I’d like to hold it open for others to enter. If you have ever thought about nominating for Bar Council, but have a burning question, you know how to find me, or any of my Bar Council colleagues.
The good governance and future of our remarkable Bar are dependent upon there being a steady flow of members prepared to commit their time, energy, ideas and enthusiasm to Associations, Committees, working groups, external bodies and, of course, the Bar Council itself. In coming weeks, I’ll be profiling the work done by the other members of the Executive over the course of the past year in the hope of inspiring the next generation of leaders to put their hands up for possible election.
Law Council Equitable Briefing reports due this Monday 30 September
I remind members who have adopted the Law Council of Australia’s Equitable Briefing Policy to submit your annual report via the LCA’s online portal by Monday 30 September.
I’ve just submitted mine. It took all of about ten minutes. The Bar has produced a guide and a worksheet to help with the task.
If you haven’t yet adopted the policy, I urge you to do so. It’s a simple, practical measure towards driving cultural change, supporting the progression and retention of women barristers, closing the pay gap and addressing under-representation of women in the superior courts. There is more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Bar’s website.
I could pretend to be interested in Saturday’s game, but I know better than to think that I would get away with it with anyone who has ever met me. I hope all members take the opportunity to catch up with friends and family on this important cultural holiday.