President’s Report – August
NEW CPD PROGRAMME LAUNCHED
I am very pleased to advise members that the Law Society recently launched its Continuing Professional Development programme for September-December 2016; you should now have received a physical copy. As Convenor of the Society’s Education Committee I can assure members of the profession firsthand that the programme has been designed by practitioners, for practitioners, following extensive consultation. It delivers content that is relevant and responsive to developments in the law and legal practice in Western Australia and the proceeds help support our advocacy and law reform programmes. Please visit lawsocietywa.asn.au to peruse the full range of seminars available.
NEW LAW LIBRARY
Further to my updates on the Law Library over the past months, the new Law Library opened at the David Malcolm Justice Centre on 1 July. Members will be aware that the new Law Library is an amalgamation of the former Supreme Court library and the library of the Department of the Attorney General. The Legal Practice Board will no longer be responsible for maintaining and managing the new integrated library.
The Law Society has worked closely with stakeholders including the Supreme Court, the Western Australian Bar Association, the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia, the State Solicitor’s Office and the Department of the Attorney General for many months to bring about the best possible outcome for our members and the legal profession.
As part of the Governance Plan for the new Law Library at the David Malcolm Justice Centre, an Advisory Committee is to be established.
The Advisory Committee will be comprised of:
- one representative of the Law Society of Western Australia;
- one representative of the Western Australian Bar Association;
- one representative of the Legal Practice Board;
- two Supreme Court judges, one of whom will act as chairperson; and
- two representatives of the Department of the Attorney General.
The Law Society’s Council has agreed to nominate the position of President to be its representative on the Law Library Advisory Committee.
Practitioners can access the Law Library by going to Level 23 of the David Malcolm Justice Centre and providing identification. They will then be given access to the Law Library, which is located on Level 2. The Law Library’s opening hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. The Law Society appreciates that these security procedures are cumbersome and will continue to work with the Department to address this issue.
LAW COUNCIL MEETING IN PERTH
On Friday, 9 and Saturday 10 September 2016, the Law Council of Australia will host all of the Law Societies and Bar Associations from around Australia in Perth. This visit coincides with the Gala Dinner which is being co-hosted by the Law Society and Western Australian Bar Association.
I hope you will join me for the premier social occasion for the legal profession this year, our Gala Dinner, marking 10 years of service by the Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC, which will be held on Friday, 9 September 2016 from 6.30pm at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event will include great food and wine, live entertainment and dancing to Proof, one of Perth’s most in-demand party bands.
Why not get a group of friends or colleagues together to book a table, or you can purchase individual tickets by visiting lawsocietywa.asn.au. Part proceeds raised will go to the charity. The Principal Sponsor is Jackson McDonald. Gold Sponsors are Bradley Bayly Legal, The College of Law, DLA Piper, HHG Legal Group and Law in Order. The Production Sponsor is Herbert Smith Freehills.
The 2016/17 membership year commenced on 1 July. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so to ensure you continue to enjoy all of the benefits, including your subscription to Brief, weekly updates from Friday Facts, discounted CPD seminars and member events, access to personal and professional support, our advocacy and advisory services and much more.
To renew your membership today, simply login to members.lawsocietywa.asn.au and click ‘payment details’ or call (08) 9324 8692.
RETIREMENT OF JUSTICE CARMEL MCLURE
The Hon Justice Carmel McLure retired from the position of President of the Court of Appeal in July. Her Honour has made an enormous contribution to the Judiciary in Western Australia over many years, having first joined the Supreme Court in 2001. Her Honour became a member of the Court of Appeal upon its inception in 2005 and was appointed as President of the Court of Appeal in November 2009. Her Honour was awarded Life Membership of the Law Society in 2015. On behalf of the Law Society and the legal profession in Western Australia, I wish Her Honour the very best in her retirement.
*Please see letter from Her Honour on page 29 of this edition of Brief.
RECENT JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS
In recent weeks there have also been a number of judicial appointments which have had the positive effect of promoting gender equality across the legal profession. You can read about the appointments and other issues in the ‘Your Voice at Work’ section, directly adjacent to this Report.