Daryl Melham & Ron Hoenig
Sharing their reflections on 70 years (combined) as legal aid solicitors, Public Defenders, and Commonwealth and NSW parliamentarians
Date: Thursday 24 July 2014
Venue: The Belvedere Hotel, Brasserie Room (Corner Bathurst and Kent St)
Nibbles provided, drinks available for purchase
Non members welcome!
Daryl Melham joined the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers as a law student at its inaugural meeting. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1979 and was immediately employed in the office of NSW Public Solicitor (subsequently Legal Aid Commission), working in the criminal indictable section, until 1987. From there, he was appointed a Public Defender, a position he held until 1990 when he was elected to the Commonwealth Parliament. He remained an MP for 23 years and became Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
Ron Hoenig joined the office of the NSW Public Solicitor as an articled clerk, and he continued his employment there as a solicitor following his admission in 1981, until he was appointed a Public Defender in 1987, at the same time as Daryl. He held the position for 25 years, until he was elected to the NSW Parliament in 2012. He is currently Shadow Minister for Energy, and Shadow Minister for Ports. Before entering Parliament, Ron was also Mayor of the City of Botany Bay for 31 years