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22 May 2017

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

The best of Golden Gavel 2017 What a wonderful event was NSW Golden Gavel 2017 ( #NSWGavel ) last Friday! It was attended by more than 800 people this year, one of the biggest events in the legal calendar, putting our upcoming talent in the spotlight. And what talent it was! First prize went to Floyd Alexander-Hunt, audience choice was Peter Clayton and second prize went to Emily Aitken. Congratulations to the winners and to all 10 finalists. You can now check out all the fun on the NSW Golden Gavel Facebook page.

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All the laughs from the funniest breakfast of the year Ten young lawyers had an 800-strong crowd in guffaws over breakfast at the 2017 NSW Golden Gavel competition on Friday. If you missed the jokes, visit the NSW Golden Gavel Facebook page to watch all the speeches in full.

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Two new magistrates for NSW Legal Aid solicitor and Law Society member Joy Boulos and barrister David John Price have been appointed as magistrates of the Local Court of NSW.

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2017-18 Associate Membership renewals Online lodgements for 2017-18 Associate Membership renewals are now open. Online lodgement is available to Associate Members paying by credit card and to Student Associate Members. Hard copy forms will be posted later this month, however, Associate Members are encouraged to lodge online where possible. Any queries should be directed to the Law Society Registry on 02 9926 0156 or associate@lawsociety.com.au

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2017 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards Nominations close on 31 May for the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2017 , hosted by the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW Inc (WLANSW). Winners will be announced at a dinner on 11 August at Doltone House Hyde Park.

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Changes announced to the Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding threshold and rate The May Budget announced proposed changes to the Foreign Resident Capital Gains regime, to apply to contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2017. The proposed new threshold is $750,000 (currently $2 million). The proposed new rate is 12.5% (currently 10%). Changes are yet to be legislated.

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Legal Aid NSW Mental Health Advocacy Panel

The Mental Health Advocacy Panel is calling for applications. Applications must be submitted via the Panels Application Website by Friday, 30 June . More information is available here . Current members due for renewal must apply if they wish to continue to be a panel member. Renewal dates can be confirmed by contacting Professional Practices on 02 9219 5662 or at panels@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

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PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE Electronic conveyancing - NSW Participation Rules Version 4 A reminder to property lawyers that Version 4 of the NSW Participation Rules are effective from 27 May 2017. New research report on data sharing The Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) has released a ground- breaking independent research report, Conditions Enabling Open Data and Promoting a Data Sharing Culture 2017 , as part of a series of initiatives to mark Information Awareness Month. New address for NSW Valuer General The NSW Valuer General’s address has changed for the service of Land and Environment Court Class 3 Applications for valuation objection appeals. Applications should now be delivered to the Valuer General at the McKell Building, 2-24 Rawson Place, Sydney NSW 2000. Applications will not be accepted at the Valuer General’s previous address at Queens Square. Legal Aid NSW’s new Contributions Guideline The Legal Aid NSW Board has approved a change to the Contributions Guideline in relation to clients who are in custody: see Policy Bulletin for details. New proceedings in the Federal Court The Chief Justice of the Federal Court has issued the new national Federal Crime and Related Proceedings Practice Note (CRIME-1) which took effect on

15 May. The new practice note is now available on the Federal Court website .

Human Rights Law Centre Annual Dinner The Human Rights Law Centre Annual Dinner will be held on 26 May at 7pm at Dockside in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. Professor Andrea Durbach, from UNSW, will deliver the keynote speech.

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22 May 2017

NSW YOUNG LAWYERS

Events

NSW Young Lawyers Mentoring Program – Call for Mentors and Mentees Come and join our mentoring program -- applications close Thursday 15 June APPLY NOW NSW Young Lawyers Family Law Committee – ‘Professional Skills Series: Working with refugees’

Tuesday 20 June REGISTER NOW

2017 NSW Young Lawyers Information Evening Thursday 22 June REGISTER NOW

NIDA Masterclass ‘Persuasive Negotiation’ Wednesday 26 July – Early Bird Registration will close on Monday 26 June REGISTER NOW General NSW Young Lawyers Criminal Law Committee – Criminal Law Careers Guide – call for solicitor profiles Closing Tuesday 30 May 2017 FIND OUT MORE

NSW Young Lawyers 2017 Submissions View our latest submissions. READ MORE

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22 May 2017

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

The best of Golden Gavel 2017 What a wonderful event was NSW Golden Gavel 2017 ( #NSWGavel ) last Friday! It was attended by more than 800 people this year, one of the biggest events in the legal calendar, putting our upcoming talent in the spotlight. And what talent it was! First prize went to Floyd Alexander-Hunt, audience choice was Peter Clayton and second prize went to Emily Aitken. Congratulations to the winners and to all 10 finalists. You can now check out all the fun you on Facebook . Taking practical steps to help reduce our overflowing prison numbers and the disproportionate number of Indigenous people in our jails continues to be one of our top priorities. Making way for more prison beds does little to address the underlying causes of crime and offender behaviour. The lack of resources directed towards non-custodial options, especially in regional NSW, has led to more offenders serving short sentences for relatively minor offences. We informed a recent policy paper by Just Reinvest NSW which highlights the importance of expanding the availability and use of community-based sentencing alternatives. More funds should be redirected towards early intervention, prevention and diversion programs that have been shown to reduce crime rates and stop youth from progressing through the criminal justice system. We also have called on the NSW Government to lead the way in addressing the level of Aboriginal over representation in jails by setting justice-specific targets. Our new webpage on Indigenous justice

issues also provides resources and information including access to our Indigenous Reconciliation Strategic Plan 2016-2019 Plan. Criminal justice responses that fail to address the complex causes that lead to offending by Indigenous Australians, including social and economic disadvantage, will only exacerbate the current disproportion of Indigenous people in our jails. This makes the need for family-based and Indigenous- specific programs more pressing along with the need for greater community involvement and engagement. I was honoured to speak at the recent swearing in ceremony of Jane Seymour as Commissioner of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission. Ms Seymour’s extensive experience as a mediator and as a practitioner in workplace relations, employment and discrimination law places her in good stead for the role. The cut off date for all those artistically inspired lawyers and lovers of justice out there is creeping up. You have until 31 July to submit entries to Just Music and Just Art – original works on the theme of "justice". The rest of us can simply look forward to the fundraising concert and exhibition in September. Proceeds will go to Indigenous organisation Bara Barang. Pauline Wright Law Society President 2017 Twitter: @LSNSW_President Barabarang.com.au Lawsociety.com.au/justArt | Lawsociety.com.au/ justMusic

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22 May 2017

REGIONAL LAW SOCIETIES

Bankstown & District Law Society - CPD Dinner 7 June 2017 REGISTER City of Sydney Law Society - CPD Program May 2017 REGISTER

Inner West Law Society – Havana Night 3 June 2017 REGISTER

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