It's been a privilege
After two unforgettable years, my time is up. This is my last In Brief. Next Friday, a new face will adorn this end-of-week institution.
It has been one of the great privileges of my professional life to serve as President of our remarkable Bar. As I step down, with effect from next Thursday, I have a greater appreciation—and love—for this place than when I started.
I did not expect to be a two-term President, and I have sometimes (alright, often) wondered if I would survive the test. However, I believe the longer timeframe of my term has enabled the Bar to tackle and advance a number of important projects and respond to significant challenges. I will set out my more detailed reflections in an article in next month’s Victorian Bar News.
What I will remember most about my time at the helm is the collegiality that defines our Bar—that sense of common purpose that comes from our shared commitments to independence, legal excellence, the administration of and access to justice, and the rule of law. I will also remember the extraordinary contributions made by so many to the smooth operation of the Bar—from the CEO Katherine Lorenz, to the staff in the Bar Office (particularly, in my case, Denise Bennett and Liz Ingham), the Bar Council’s Executive, the Bar Council, our Bar Associations, standing committees and clerks, among others. And I will remember the friendship and fun that has come from working cohesively, constructively and creatively for the interests of our members.
Thank you one and all for your support, encouragement, ideas and (always constructive) criticism. If you have not voted yet, don’t forget to do so—polls close on Wednesday afternoon.