Brief Editorial

2017/18 Annual Report

Published since 1974, Brief is the official journal of the Law Society. As such, it fulfils an important and public purpose. It informs members about the Law Society’s activities, its functions (in both senses of the word) as well as publishing articles of interest to all sectors of the Western Australian legal profession.

11 monthly editions of Brief were published in the past financial year. Examples of significant articles featured in Brief over the year include:

  • July 2017: Legal Traditions in an Age of Disruption by Katie Miller, Executive Director Legal Practice, Victoria Legal Aid, adapted from her keynote address to the Law Week Breakfast;
  • July 2017: Review with photographs from the Law Society’s 90th Anniversary Cocktail Party at Perth Town Hall;
  • December 2017: Interview with outgoing President Alain Musikanth and incoming President Hayley Cormann;
  • March 2018: An Advisory Body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia by Bertus De Villiers, Adjunct Professor, Curtin University; and
  • June 2018: Law Week review.

An example of an edition focusing on a more specific area was the April 2018 ‘Educating the WA Legal Profession’ issue, which included a number of excellent articles from Western Australian universities on legal education, as well as a comprehensive review of the Law Society’s 2018 Law Summer School conference.

Brief has also in the last financial year provided items concerning the many judicial appointments and farewells.

Brief regularly includes items designed to assist the profession in the broader concerns of general wellbeing and meeting the challenges presented by technology, including the November 2017 Future of the Legal Profession themed issue, which included a survey of lawyers’ cyber security practices, information on ‘unbundling’ and the future of legal education.

There have also been some new aspects of Brief in the last financial year, including the reintroduction of the Drover’s Dog column and greater emphasis given to the lighter (and also more social) side of the practice of the law, including the Ex Juris: Travel Tales from the Legal Profession feature and Aunt Prudence Juris advice column from the Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee. These have been well received by the profession, going on the feedback received to date.

The Committee thanks all those who submitted articles or items for consideration, and encourages anyone who is interested in doing so to submit material. Thank you also to those who make regular monthly contributions to Brief, such as Dean Alston for his cartoon, Robert Glade-Wright with Family Law Case Notes and Gino Dal Pont for his ethics column.

For more information about this committee please email brief@lawsocietywa.asn.au.