Brief Editorial

2016/17 Annual Report

Brief is the official journal of the Law Society. Its purpose is to keep members informed about what the Law Society is doing, as well as publishing articles of interest to the Western Australian legal profession. Brief has been published by the Law Society since 1974.

11 monthly editions of Brief were published in the past financial year, featuring articles covering a wide range of topics and issues, a selection of which are described below.

The July 2016 issue included an article by the Hon Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC, giving a behind the scenes look at the new David Malcolm Justice Centre. In September, Brief published the text of the 2016 Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture, The High Court: legal answers to contemporary political, social and administrative issues presented by Greg McIntyre SC.

October’s issue focused on health and wellbeing, while also including a review of the Law Society’s Gala Dinner. November was a legal education edition, posing the question ‘what makes a good lawyer?’ and examining the changing nature of legal education.

In the run-up to the State election in March, Brief published responses to the Law Society’s policy positions from both the then-Government and Opposition. June’s Brief was a special edition celebrating the Law Society’s 90th anniversary.

The Committee thanks all those who submitted articles or items for consideration, and encourages anyone who is interested in doing so to submit material. While Brief does source articles from other places, it primarily depends upon material from local members of the profession.

Thank you also to those who make regular monthly contributions to Brief, including Dean Alston for his Pam Sawyer cartoon, Robert Glade-Wright with family law case notes and Gino Dal Pont for his ethics column.

The Committee thanks all of the Law Society staff involved in the production of Brief, whose organisation and support is invaluable. The Committee also thanks our proof-readers Sonia Chee and David Garnsworthy who generously donate their time, as well as former proof-reader Ann Kay.

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