Lunch with Penny Sharpe MLC - Marriage Equality in NSW

Monday, November 04, 2013 at 12:30 PM
NSW Parliament House in Sydney, Australia

 

Penny Sharpe MLC

It's all happening.

On Tuesday last week, the ACT became the first jurisdiction in Australia to pass laws legalising same-sex marriage.

On Wednesday last week, the Commonwealth lodged a writ of summons in the High Court challenging the validity of the ACT legislation.

On Thursday, the Same-Sex Marriage Bill 2013 (NSW) was debated in Parliament.

And on Monday, we are giving 15 members the opportunity to have a catered lunch with Penny Sharpe, who has carriage of the NSW Same-Sex Marriage Bill.
 
As the media gathers in Canberra for the High Court directions hearing, Penny will share her insights into the legal and political debates that surround same-sex marriage.

Please email us if you are unsure of your membership status. To become a member click here

Date: Monday 4 November
Time: 12-1:30pm
Venue: Room 1153, NSW Parliament House (collect pass at front desk)

Cost: Free for members.

Freeing the Information

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Level 22 Chambers in Sydney, Australia

How to successfully challenge Freedom of Information refusals in the AAT: A CPD/CLE Seminar with the Shadow Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus QC MP

Since the inception of the Freedom of Information Act 1982, the public has had a legally enforceable right of access to government documents. 

FOI laws are good for democracy. They enhance transparency in decision making, and they allow the Government to be held to account. But the effectiveness of our FOI system sometimes depends on people being willing to challenge departmental decisions in the AAT.

On 20 February 2014, Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC MP will speak about the information now being withheld by the Commonwealth Government and how those refusal to disclose information can be effectively challenged in the AAT.

Drawing on his experience as Queen’s Counsel in numerous FOI cases in the AAT and as Commonwealth Attorney General,  Mr Dreyfus will provide a guide as to how barristers and solicitors can enhance government transparency by challenging decisions to refuse access to information.

The event is open to all members of the profession.  Non-members of NSW Labor Lawyers are most welcome to attend.

Date & Time: Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 5:30pm

Venue: Level 22 Chambers, 52 Martin Place Sydney (The Colonial Centre)

CPD/CLE: 1 point in the Substrative Strand

Register: Erin McCabe, Clerk to Level 22 Chambers (02) 9151 2222. Register to be sure to avoid missing out as places are limited. 

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event.

[Note: In 2014, the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers will be involved in challenging the Commonwealth Government’s refusal to disclose much previously available information, such as Incoming Minister’s Briefs and information about asylum seekers and people in detention. If you are interested in being a part of this initiative, we urge you to come along to improve your skills in this area of law.  We also invite you to contact Darren Jenkins (Vice President of Labor Lawyers and co-ordinator of NSW Labor Lawyers FOI project] at darren.jenkins@nswlaborlawyers.com ]

3 April FOI Workshop

Thursday, April 03, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Level 22 Chambers in Sydney, Australia

NSW Labor Lawyers’ FOI Project is now stepping up a notch.

On 3 April 2014, a specialised information workshop will be run by senior FOI practitioners for interested members and project participants.

Senior counsel and other experienced barristers will guide attendees on the grounds on which to overturn a refusal decision and what evidence to lead before the AAT. 

Places will be limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

 

9 April Forced Boarding At Sea

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at 06:15 PM
Gilbert and Tobin in Sydney, Australia

Journalist and author David Marr, in conversation with maritime law experts, Dr Tim Stephens and Assoc. Professor David Letts

David Marr

David Marr is a journalist, author and progressive political commentator. He writes for publications including The Monthly and The Guardian and is a regular panellist on ABC news programs. David is co-author (with Marian Wilkinson) of the book Dark Victory, which gives an account of the Australian Government’s handling of the Tampa incident and the “Children Overboard” affair.   

Tim Stephens

 Dr Tim Stephens is an international lawyer and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Sydney University. He has published widely on issues of public international law, national and international environmental law and the law of the sea.

 

David Letts

David Letts is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Military and Security Law at the Australian National University. David joined ANU after a career in the Royal Australian Navy of more than thirty years, including a period as Fleet Legal Officer

 

Budget

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Belvedere Hotel in Sydney, Australia

Justice Deficit? A post-budget conversation with Mark Dreyfus QC MP

We’re starting to hear what the budget means for families, welfare recipients, students and the poor overseas… but what does the budget mean for someone with a legal problem

Join us on 19 May for a conversation with Shadow AG Mark Dreyfus about how Access to Justice will be impacted by:

  • The 2014 Budget (hot off the press!)
  • The Productivity Commission, through their Access to Justice report.

Where: Brasserie Room, Belvedere Hotel (cnr of Bathurst & Kent St, Sydney)
Time: 6:30-8pm

Cost:

Free for members  (become a member today and save!)and law students (limited spaces)

$10 for non-members. Pay at the door or online after RSVP'ing

Drinks available for purchase, food (nibbles) will be provided.


Melham & Hoenig

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Belvedere Hotel in Sydney, Australia

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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

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

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

9 Oct - Terror Laws

Thursday, October 09, 2014 at 06:15 PM
Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney, Australia

An examination, explanation and conversation with Bret Walker SC and Professor George Williams 


The national conversation over the last few months has focused on terrorism, foreign fighters, control orders, ASIO powers, SIO's, warrants, phone tapping and journalists going to jail. The conversation has now translated to the first tranche of legislation. Another tranche is under review by a parliamentary committee. A third tranche is proposed and is yet to be introduced to parliament.

The laws are complex and significant. The pace with which they have been passed has meant minimal debate and little scrutiny.

If you are interested in getting answers to the following questions from Bret Walker SC and Professor George Williams, please RSVP.  

  • Where are we up to ?
  • What is to come ?
  • Are they warranted ?
  • Will they be effective ?
  • Are they constitutional ?

27 Oct - Legal Tweaks & AGM

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Spice Cellar in Sydney, Australia

This year Nicholas Cowdery QC will be launching the largest edition of Legal Tweaks ever. The launch is always a great night and a good opportunity for members and friends to catch up, share a drink and discuss the law reform ideas revealed in the Tweaks. Maurice Blackburn are again kindly sponsoring the event. Please RSVP below to confirm your spot.

Please note: The launch will coincide with the NSW Labor Lawyers Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held at 6pm (sharp) at Level 22 Chambers (22/52 Martin Place) and will finish in time for people to make their way to Spice Cellar in time for the launch. If you are intending on coming to the AGM please send us an email.  

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11 Nov - Frank Walker 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Parliament of NSW, Theatrette in Sydney, Australia

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THE INAUGURAL FRANK WALKER MEMORIAL LECTURE

With speaker His Honour Judge Greg Woods QC, Ll.D

A Golden Era of Law Reform

In memory of the late Frank Walker QC MP, NSW Attorney-General (1976-1983)

Download the flyer here


 The Wran-Walker/Dunstan-Duncan era (1975-1983) was a pivotal period in Australian legal and political history. Much of the law reform of this period was only achieved after bitter opposition.

Many reforms survive and some need enhancement. Others need to be revived.


 Frank Walker QC MP (1942-2012) was NSW Attorney General, Minister for Justice, Aboriginal Affairs, Youth & Community Services, Housing and Arts. He was also Commonwealth Minister for Administrative Services, and Judge of the NSW Workers Compensation Commission, the Dust Diseases Tribunal and the District Court.


 His Honour Judge Greg Woods QC Ll.D was a senior legal advisor to both NSW Attorney-General Frank Walker and South Australian Attorney-General Peter Duncan. He is the author of “A History of Criminal Law in New South Wales” (Federation Press, 2002) and a serving judge of the NSW District Court.

Meet the Labor Lawyers Running For Election

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Belvedere Hotel in Sydney, Australia

As the NSW Election draws close, we are giving you the opportunity to:

MEET THE LABOR LAWYERS RUNNING FOR PARLIAMENT

An opportunity for you to meet those members of NSW Labor Lawyers who are candidates for state parliament. 
Introduce yourself over a drink. Learn about their legal background. Find out their priorities once elected. 
A small bar tab will be provided by NSW Labor Lawyers. All proceeds from the event will go to the candidates. 
Optional donation $45, pay at door. Cash and credit card accepted. 
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Networking Drinks

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 06:00 PM
NSW Leagues Club in Sydney, Australia

Amble off campus, out yourself from the office or chortle out of chambers to join us for a drink and chat about everything in general and nothing in particular. All we're asking is for progressive lawyers and law students to turn up at the pub. 

This month's networking drinks will be hosted by the NSW Leagues Club. Please bring friends.

We are particularly keen to see some fresh faces from Sydney's Law Schools, so if you are a law student, believe in progressive law reform, want to meet other like minded people, and would like to be shouted drink, please join us at the Leagues. 

Networking Drinks

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 06:00 PM
NSW Leagues Club in Sydney, Australia

Amble off campus, out yourself from the office or chortle out of chambers to join us for a drink and chat about everything in general and nothing in particular. All we're asking is for progressive lawyers and law students to turn up at the pub. 

This month's networking drinks will be hosted by the NSW Leagues Club. Please bring friends.

We are particularly keen to see some fresh faces from Sydney's Law Schools, so if you are a law student, believe in progressive law reform, want to meet other like minded people, and would like to be shouted drink, please join us at the Leagues. 

ICAC Public Forum

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 06:15 PM
NSW Law Society in Sydney, Australia

Join the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers for a panel discussion with Nicholas Cowdery QC (former NSW DPP, Visiting Professorial Fellow, UNSW), Richard Ackland (journalist) and Stephen Blank (President, NSW Council of Civil Liberties) on the  ICAC powers and functions and the way forward for reform. The discussion will be preceded by an overview of the High Court's decision in ICAC v Cunneen by Junior Counsel for Ms Cunneen, Rebecca Gall.

Citizenship Bill Briefing

Monday, July 13, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Gilbert and Tobin - Woodstock Room in Sydney, Australia

In recent weeks the national conversation has focused intensely on the denial of citizenship as a counter-terrorism strategy.

Parliament is now enjoying a winter recess, while the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security conducts its review of the Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015.

The debate will resume in earnest soon, in the meantime Labor Lawyers is providing you with an opportunity to get fully briefed on the Bill by Professor George Williams. George is also happy to answer your questions. 

The Bill can be viewed here. The Explanatory Memorandum can be viewed here

We hope to see you on 13 July 2015 at 6pm. Drinks will be provided from 6pm.

Breakfast

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 at 07:00 AM
Silks Coffee Lounge in Sydney, Australia

Join Kate Washington MP, Jo Haylen MP and Jane Needham SC and other progressive women for a panel discussion on  "pursuing justice through law, politics and public policy"

Jane Needham SC is the President of NSW Bar Association

Kate Washington MP is the Member for Port Stephens

Jo Haylen MP is the Member for Summer Hill

Cost is $15 per person and includes breakfast and coffee. Please pay in cash on the day.

 

An Evening with Mark Dreyfus

Monday, August 31, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Law Lounge, Law Building, University of Sydney

The NSW Society of Labor Lawyers invites you to a special meet-and-greet event with the Hon. Mark Dreyfus MP QC.

Join members, students, academics and legal practitioners for a talk with Australia’s alternative Attorney-General about Labor’s plan for strategic law reform in Australia.

 This exclusive event is free entry. Drinks and canapés will be served on the night.

Riot, Regulate or Reverse? Responding to the Rise of the Sharing Economy

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Parliament of NSW, Jubilee Room in Sydney, Australia

21 September 2015. NOTE VENUE HAS CHANGED FOR THIS EVENT. EVENT WILL NOW BE HELD AT THE JUBILEE ROOM AT NSW PARLIAMENT HOUSE (NOT AT TOWN HALL).

Companies like Uber and Airbnb are rapidly expanding their reach. Taxi drivers are taking to the street in protest. So far all the NSW Government has done is launch an inquiry. 

How should Labor respond to this legal and regulatory challenge? 

Join the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers on Tuesday 22 September for a public forum considering this question.

With panellists: 

  • Andrew Leigh, Federal Member for Fraser, Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Competition
  • Michael Aird, NSW Transport Worker’s Union Secretary
  • Daniel Mookhey, NSW Labor MLC 

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Launch of Legal Tweaks 2015 Edition

Monday, November 02, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Angel Hotel in Sydney, Australia

What law would you change, and why? It's a question we ask the legal profession every year to ignite debate about how we can effect positive and equitable change. 

Join the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers for the launch of the 2015 edition of Legal Tweaks, launched by guest speaker Edward Santow, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

Date: 7PM - 10PM, Monday 2 November 2015.
Venue: Angel Hotel, 125 Pitt St, Sydney.

This event is free of charge and is catered. Registration is essential below.

Please note: The launch will coincide with the NSW Labor Lawyers Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held at 6pm (sharp) at Level 22 Chambers (22/52 Martin Place) and will finish in time for people to make their way to Angel Hotel in time for the launch.

We thank our sponsors, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, for their kind support for the publication and the launch event.

 

The 2016 Frank Walker Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 06:00 PM
UTS Lecture Theatre 00.401 in Ultimo, Australia

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Join us as we celebrate the times and times of former NSW Attorney-General the Hon. Frank Walker QC, with guest speaker the Hon. Bob Debus AM. This event is free to attend. Post-lecture drinks will be held at Penny Lane (the bar above the lecture theatre).

"Over-representation of Aboriginal people in prison: The need for some genuine decision-making"

Frank Walker grew up among tribal people in New Guinea and from a young age stood up for the rights of Aboriginal people in Australia. On the one hand concern for justice for Aboriginal people drove many of his successful reforms to the criminal law. On the other hand his landmark Aboriginal Rights Act of 1983 reflected his desire to allow Aboriginal people to take more control over their own lives.

To our consternation however, the rate of Indigenous imprisonment has actually been rising rapidly. Last year non-Indigenous Australians were imprisoned at the rate of 146 per 100,000 citizens. The rate for Indigenous Australians was 2,253 per 100,000 citizens. Yet many solutions for the crisis of imprisonment are also known.

Former Attorney General of New South Wales, Bob Debus, believes that Walker's approach to the affairs of Aboriginal people remains the correct one. 

He will discuss solutions to the crisis of over-representation of Aboriginal people in the prison system and the need for a renewed political movement to drive them.

About Bob Debus

NSW Attorney General (2000/2007), NSW Minister for Corrective Services (1995/2001), Commonwealth Minister for Home Affairs (2007/2009), Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (2009/2010).

EVENT DETAILS

RSVP: At the bottom of this page

When: February 16, 2016 at 6pm - 8pm

How much does it cost ? Technically nothing, but we do have to cover costs for venue hire and bar tab so please bring your $10, $20, $50 notes so we can collect your donation on the way in. 

Where: University of Technology Sydney, Building 11, Lecture Theatre 00.401

Where is that ?: Just a short walk from Central Station, cnr Broadway and Wattle St, enter from Broadway - see map below 

FWL Map to UTS

 

13 April - Combet & Rowland

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 06:30 PM
The ArtHouse Hotel (Attic Room) in Sydney, Australia

RSVP by clicking link below.

Join the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers for an evening with Michelle Rowland MP, Federal Member for Greenway, and Greg Combet AM, former Minister in the Gillard and Rudd Labor Government's.

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Greg Combet led the Labor movement to victory in 2007 with one of the most effective community campaigns ever seen with “Your Rights At Work”. As a senior Labor Minister, he drove landmark legislative and economic reform through the Clean Energy Future package. Now in the private sector, Greg remains a leading voice for reform as key to future Labor governments.

Michelle Rowland is the Federal Member for Greenway, Shadow Minister for Small Business and Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism. Prior to her election, Michelle was a senior lawyer specialising in competition and regulation. She maintains that her legal training and experiences as a lawyer have been key to winning and holding her seat against the odds.

TICKETS

Tickets for this event are by way of donation to Michelle Rowland for Greenway campaign. A donation of at least $50 per person is required. All proceeds from this event will go toward the Michelle Rowland for Greenway campaign.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or you can prepay by EFT to Michelle Rowland’s campaign account. Please use your name as the reference and email GreenwayFEC@gmail.com to provide your details so that a receipt can be issued.

The account details are:

BSB: 062006
Account Number: 10958925

Post-Election Drinks with Kaila Murnain

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Small Bar, 48 Erskine Street, Sydney NSW 2000


The NSW Society of Labor Lawyers invites you to post-election drinks with Kaila Murnain, the first female General Secretary of NSW Labor who recently steered Labor to some stunning results in the Federal Election.
 
Kaila will speak briefly on the factors behind the Federal Election result and how lawyers can help strengthen the Labor movement over the next term of government.

Fairness in Banking: Balancing Market Freedom and Consumer Protection

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in Sydney, Australia

The NSW Society of Labor Lawyers invites you to a panel of experienced speakers on the topic of financial services reform. Since the Global Financial Crisis, financial service providers, in particular the major banks, have come under intense scrutiny following a series of scandals in the financial advice and insurance industries.

Our expert panel will be answering a complex question: how do we reform the industry to ensure that consumers are protected while also allowing these institutions the freedom to compete and make their own market choices?

Joining our panel will be Chris Bowen MP - Shadow Treasurer of Australia; Alex Kelly - Principal Solicitor at the Financial Rights Legal Centre; and Erin Turner - Head of Policies and Campaigns at CHOICE.

Entry is free but if you attend you will be expected to do at least one of the following: participate in a raffle, renew your membership or join the Society. 

The Law + Politics of FOI Requests

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 06:15 PM
Opposition Caucus Room, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney

The recent George Brandis diary litigation has prompted much interest in freedom of information law. Want to know what an FOI request is or how to challenge it? Want to know why you might challenge it?

The NSW Society of Labor Lawyers is holding an educational seminar on the law and politics of applications under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2010 (NSW) (aka the NSW freedom of information laws) to Labor caucus members and members of NSW Labor Lawyers.

On the panel will be:

  • Daniel Mookhey MLC (Member of the Legislative Council) 
  • Lee Corbett (Barrister, University Chambers and Junior Counsel to the Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC in the recent Brandis diary Full Federal Court appeal) 
  • Chloe Bennett, Director of Policy to the Opposition Leader 
  • Sharangan Maheswaran, Former Economics Policy Advisor and Practicing Solicitor
  • Penny Parker, Graduate at Law

Details:
Opposition Caucus Room, Parliament House
6.15 for 6.30pm start
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Registration is necessary to ensure that you can be taken through security. 

 

Labor Lawyers 2016 AGM

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Aesops, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

The Executive Committee of the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers has called the 2016 Annual General Meeting, to be held immediately prior to the Society's Five Year Anniversary Dinner. Current and potential members are encouraged to attend.

When: Thursday 17 November 2016, 6.30pm 
Where: Aesops, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

The meeting is not expected to go for more than half an hour and will be followed by the launch of Legal Tweaks 2016 and the Society's Five Year Anniversary Dinner. 

Agenda Items

- Vote on special resolutions
- Confirm minutes of last AGM
- Receive reports and financials
- Election of committee members and office bearers
- Nomination and election of returning officer

Election of Committee Members

The Society currently consists of 12 committee members; 4 office bearers (President, Vice  President, Treasurer, Secretary) and 8 ordinary committee members, 4 of whom must be women. The current committee members hold office until the next AGM.

Voting

Financial members of more than 3 months standing, present at the AGM, are entitled to vote. If you are unsure of your membership status or membership number please email the Secretary.

If you haven't renewed your membership for 2016-2017 please do so here.

A member entitled to vote at a general meeting may give, in writing in the form available here, their proxy to any other member entitled to vote at the general meeting. 

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Two special resolutions are proposed to be put to the 2016 AGM. You can read the special resolutions here.

Nominations

Any member of the Society of more than 3 months standing, can nominate for the Committee. Nomination forms are available here.
 
Nominations of candidates for election as office-bearers or as ordinary committee members: 
  • Must be made in writing, signed by 2 financial members of the Society and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate
  • Must be received by COB Wednesday 9 November 2016 via email to the Returning Officer.

A copy of the Constitution is available here.

 

Five Year Anniversary Dinner (incl. 2016 AGM + Legal Tweaks Launch)

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 07:00 PM
Aesops, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000 · $80.00 AUD

To celebrate five years since the Society's re-formation, we will be hosting a special dinner with Mark Dreyfus MP QC immediately following the AGM on 17 November.

Join us for a big fat Greek dinner. Tickets include banquet dinner and alcohol.

Members, friends, partners and fellow travellers are welcome. Arrange a table of ten now.

The Five Year Anniversary Dinner is being held at Aesop's Greek Restaurant and will coincide with the launch of the 2016 edition of Legal Tweaks

Tickets can be purchased below for $100 general admission or $80 for students/recent graduates. A table of 10 can be purchased at a discounted rate of $900. 

Please note this event is taking place immediately following the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Society. For more information on the AGM, click here.

This event is proudly sponsored by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

Women's Dinner with Susan Ryan AO

Thursday, March 09, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Arthouse Hotel Attic Bar · $50.00 AUD

"Twenty years on none of this seems remarkable. At the time, the politics surrounding the bill were explosive. From the first legislative step, the ratification of the UN convention, the initiative met with sustained, vociferous and irrational opposition from powerful sectors of the community." - Susan Ryan on the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act

As the first event for 2017 and to celebrate International Women's Day, NSW Labor Lawyers will host a dinner with former Senator for the ACT, Minister for Women, and Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan AO. Susan Ryan was the first female Labor minister and was responsible for, amongst many other great things, the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth).

The dinner will be held at 7:00pm on 8 March at Arthouse Hotel Attic Bar. Tickets are $50 per person. If you would like to attend, please fill in the payment form below. 

Please note that the dinner is exclusively for women, and places are strictly limited to 25 seats.

Wage fraud – Taking proceedings against the director, the adviser or the franchisor

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Sydney Trades Hall in Sydney, Australia

This session forms part of the NSW Labor Lawyers CPD Series. The seminar will be presented by Ingmar Taylor SC of Greenway Chambers.

Recent stories concerning systemic underpayment of wages have led to a call for a royal commission to address the problem. Can a case be taken against the director, the manager or the adviser, or the franchisor, who established the systemic underpayment system? How can the accessorial liability provisions of the Fair Work Act be used to pin responsibility on those involved in the contravention, and what orders can be sought against them. 

Past, present and future of institutional abuse litigation

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Slater + Gordon Lawyers in Sydney, Australia

Comparisons have been made between the scale of litigation in the 70s and 80s following revelations about the danger of asbestos and the scale of institutional abuse litigation following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Seminar will be presented by Roop Sandhu and Hayden Stephens from Slater + Gordon Lawyers who have run large abuse cases.  

The Seminar will cover the history, present and future of abuse claims, developments relating to: limitation periods, stays, reopening, vicarious liability and corporate identity of religious defendants, and law reform arising from the Royal Commission.

 

How to stand up to the bench - a perspective from a recidivist barrister and former judge

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Crown Hotel, 160-162 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000

RSVPs have now closed for this event.

The NSW Society of Labor Lawyers is hosting Greg James QC, former Supreme Court Judge, for our final CPD/CLE event before the end of the professional development year. 

Gregory James AM, QC is a former Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Admitted as a barrister in 1972, at age 38 in 1982, James was one of the youngest Queen's Counsel ever appointed in New South Wales.

Attendance worth 1 CPD/CLE Professional Skills point.

 

The Frank Walker Memorial Lecture 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Gilbert + Tobin, Lvl 35, Tower 2, International Tower, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

NSW Labor Lawyers invite you to the Frank Walker Memorial Lecture 2017. This year's lecture will be presented by Senator Penny Wong on the topic "The Separation of Church and State - the Liberal Argument for Equal Rights for Gay and Lesbian Australians". Join friends of Frank, fellow practitioners, academics and students to celebrate the life of a great Labor reformer.

Law students are welcome and encouraged to attend this event. 

About Frank Walker

Frank Walker was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Georges River electorate from 1970 to 1988. He served as the 41st Attorney General of NSW from 1976 to 1983. Following his state parliamentary career Frank ran successfully for the seat of Robertson in 1990 and represented the electorate until the 1996 election. During his political life, Frank was a reformist, overseeing significant legislative change in the areas of land rights, criminal law, and discrimination law. 

How to get there

Gilbert + Tobin is located at Level 35, Tower Two, International Towers, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney. Entry is from Shipwright Walk which runs between Hickson Road and Barangaroo Avenue. The venue is walking distance from Wynyard Station.

Youth Wage Fraud Panel

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Glenmore Room, Occidental Hotel Wynyard, 43 York St Sydney

With the casualisation of work and underemployment of young people at the highest it has been in 40 years, employers are increasingly turning to low-paid (or no-pay) employment options to hire young people. But the consequence of this might be a generation of young people who miss out. The Society invites you to a panel discussion on the laws around precarious work.

We are pleased to be hosting:

  • Thomas Costa, Assistant Secretary of Unions NSW;
  • Alexandra Grayson, NSW Manager of Maurice Blackburn's Employment and Industrial Law Section;
  • Lucy Saunders, Barrister at Greenway Chambers;
  • Matthew Ng, Deputy National Director at Interns Australia.

We will be discussing the current state of the law as to internships, volunteer work, unpaid work and exploitation at work, including:

  • what forms of employment are students and young people more likely to experience exploitation in;
  • the current state of the law as to internships/unpaid work/exploitation at work;
  • what working conditions are warning signs of exploitation in the workplace and inversely, what are signs of workplaces with good employment practices;
  • the experiences of international students; and
  • where to go for help. 


All members welcome, but especially students. The event will be the Society's flagship student event of the year, but we encourage all practitioners to join come along and engage with our student supporters. Bar tab and pizza provided at no cost.

2017 Annual General Meeting

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Aesop's Greek Restaurant, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

The  Committee of the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers has called the 2017 Annual General Meeting, to be held immediately prior to the Society's 2017 Annual Dinner. Current and potential members are encouraged to attend.

When: Thursday 16 November 2017, 6.30pm 
Where: Aesops, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

The meeting is not expected to go for more than half an hour and will be followed by the launch of the 2017 edition of Legal Tweaks and the Society's 2017 Annual Dinner featuring the Hon Mary Gaudron QC (for more information on the Annual Dinner click here). 

Agenda Items

- Vote on special resolutions
- Confirm minutes of last AGM
- Receive reports and financials
- Election of committee members and office bearers
- Nomination and election of returning officer

Election of Committee Members

The Society currently consists of 12 committee members; 4 office bearers (President, Vice  President, Treasurer, Secretary) and 8 ordinary committee members, 4 of whom must be women. The current committee members hold office until the next AGM.

Voting

Financial members of more than 3 months standing, present at the AGM, are entitled to vote. If you are unsure of your membership status or membership number please email the Secretary.

If you haven't renewed your membership for 2016-2017 please do so here.

A member entitled to vote at a general meeting may give, in writing in the form available here, their proxy to any other member entitled to vote at the general meeting. 

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

The proposed special resolutions are available hereAll special resolutions must be passed by three-quarters of members present at the meeting. A copy of the Constitution is also available here.
Nominations

Any member of the Society of more than 3 months standing, can nominate for the Committee. Nomination forms are available here.
 
Nominations of candidates for election as office-bearers or as ordinary committee members: 
  • Must be made in writing, signed by 2 financial members of the Society and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate
  • Must be received by COB Thursday 9 November 2016 via email to the Returning Officer.

2017 Annual Dinner with the Hon Mary Gaudron QC

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Aesop's Greek Restaurant, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000 · $80.00 AUD

You are invited to attend the 2017 Annual Dinner of the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers, with guest speaker former High Court Justice the Hon. Mary Gaudron QC.

The 2017 Annual Dinner is being held at Aesop's Greek Restaurant and will coincide with the launch of the 2017 edition of Legal Tweaks. Mary Gaudron QC will be speaking on the topic "Rethinking Trade Unionism". 

Members, friends, partners and fellow travellers are welcome. 

Tickets can be purchased below for $100 general admission or $80 for students/recent graduates. A table of 10 can be purchased at a discounted rate of $900. Tickets include banquet dinner and alcohol.

This event is proudly sponsored by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

The 2017 Annual Dinner will be taking place immediately following the Annual General Meeting. For more information on the 2017 AGM click here.

Events

  • 2017 Annual General Meeting

    Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    Aesop's Greek Restaurant, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

    The  Committee of the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers has called the 2017 Annual General Meeting, to be held immediately prior to the Society's 2017 Annual Dinner. Current and potential members are encouraged to attend.

    When: Thursday 16 November 2017, 6.30pm 
    Where: Aesops, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

    The meeting is not expected to go for more than half an hour and will be followed by the launch of the 2017 edition of Legal Tweaks and the Society's 2017 Annual Dinner featuring the Hon Mary Gaudron QC (for more information on the Annual Dinner click here). 

    Agenda Items

    - Vote on special resolutions
    - Confirm minutes of last AGM
    - Receive reports and financials
    - Election of committee members and office bearers
    - Nomination and election of returning officer

    Election of Committee Members

    The Society currently consists of 12 committee members; 4 office bearers (President, Vice  President, Treasurer, Secretary) and 8 ordinary committee members, 4 of whom must be women. The current committee members hold office until the next AGM.

    Voting

    Financial members of more than 3 months standing, present at the AGM, are entitled to vote. If you are unsure of your membership status or membership number please email the Secretary.

    If you haven't renewed your membership for 2016-2017 please do so here.

    A member entitled to vote at a general meeting may give, in writing in the form available here, their proxy to any other member entitled to vote at the general meeting. 

    Proposed Constitutional Amendments

    The proposed special resolutions are available hereAll special resolutions must be passed by three-quarters of members present at the meeting. A copy of the Constitution is also available here.
    Nominations

    Any member of the Society of more than 3 months standing, can nominate for the Committee. Nomination forms are available here.
     
    Nominations of candidates for election as office-bearers or as ordinary committee members: 
    • Must be made in writing, signed by 2 financial members of the Society and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate
    • Must be received by COB Thursday 9 November 2016 via email to the Returning Officer.
  • 2017 Annual Dinner with the Hon Mary Gaudron QC

    Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Aesop's Greek Restaurant, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000 · $80.00 AUD

    You are invited to attend the 2017 Annual Dinner of the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers, with guest speaker former High Court Justice the Hon. Mary Gaudron QC.

    The 2017 Annual Dinner is being held at Aesop's Greek Restaurant and will coincide with the launch of the 2017 edition of Legal Tweaks. Mary Gaudron QC will be speaking on the topic "Rethinking Trade Unionism". 

    Members, friends, partners and fellow travellers are welcome. 

    Tickets can be purchased below for $100 general admission or $80 for students/recent graduates. A table of 10 can be purchased at a discounted rate of $900. Tickets include banquet dinner and alcohol.

    This event is proudly sponsored by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

    The 2017 Annual Dinner will be taking place immediately following the Annual General Meeting. For more information on the 2017 AGM click here.