Cyber security at the Bar
I am happy to report that the new password policy implemented earlier this year has led to a notable improvement to the safety of the VicBar email system.
Like all organisations, the Victorian Bar is at constant risk of cyberattacks and phishing attempts. While it can be irritating to update your password on a regular basis, BCL’s statistics show that the new password policy implemented this year has been highly effective in foiling the hackers.
We all have a part to play in keeping our IT systems safe. Please continue to keep up your guard against suspicious emails, links and attachments. BCL will continue to monitor the dark web and undertake testing to try to ensure the security of the systems used by our members.
What counts as CPD?
Have you ever wondered whether a particular learning or teaching opportunity counts as CPD? If so, help is at hand. The Legal Services Council has introduced a new rule to clarify the type and format of activities that will attract CPD points for barristers. The new rule ties CPD to a barrister’s practice of the law and includes a list of the types of activities and formats that may comprise a CPD activity. The rule covers not only the obvious activities like attending or presenting seminars, but also includes such things as participation in working groups, preparation or editing a book or article relating to the law and writing examinations or course material for readers.
More information about the new rule is available in the notice below.
Award-worthy in-house lawyers
Do you know an in-house lawyer or in-house legal team that deserves recognition for excellent work? You could nominate them for a Lawyer’s Weekly Corporate Counsel award, which is a great way to support their career and profile. Nominations close on 13 January 2020. A link to the nomination form can be found here.
Pro bono opportunity in the Northern Territory
If you have experience in child protection, domestic family violence or criminal law, I encourage you to consider participating in the new NT Pro Bono Relief Scheme. Expressions of interest are currently sought for lawyers to work pro bono for one to two weeks assisting the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in relation to Court matters which are listed in Darwin and Alice Springs. Lawyers in these agencies represent some of society’s most vulnerable people. See the notice below for more details about this new and unique opportunity. More information is in the notice below.
It was great to see such wide interest from our members in joining the Bar Council committees. Many thanks to all the members who have served on committees in past years and to those who took the time to express interest this year. Details of the appointments to the committees are now available on the VicBar website.
Enjoy your summer break!
The Vic Bar office will be closed from 5pm on Friday 20 December 2019 and will re-open on Monday 6 January 2020. Details and dates of the opening of the Legal Year are listed here.
I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. Take care over the festive season and enjoy a well-deserved break with your family and friends. Wendy Harris QC and I will be back in late January 2020 with more news and updates for you in InBrief.