The Modern Advocate Lecture Series
Fostering collegiality in the legal profession.
Be a part of a comprehensive series designed for practitioners new to the legal profession.
Since the late 1980s, the Queensland legal profession has seen extraordinary growth, in both the number of firms and the areas of practice; the bar has also grown in response. The result has been an exponential increase in people practising law, but at the cost of the collegiality that once defined the Queensland profession. With technology devouring the simple tasks which once brought the junior profession together, opportunities to form professional relationships are few and far between.
To foster collegiality in the legal profession and promote engagement between solicitors and barristers, the Modern Advocate Lecture Series, an initiative of QLS president Christine Smyth, has been developed by QLS Ethics Centre
The series will feature talks from notable figures within the legal profession dealing with advocacy issues relevant to the junior profession, with a particular focus on female practitioners. By fostering collegiality in this way, the Society seeks to create opportunities for the junior ranks of the profession, and address briefing inequities that currently limit the progress of female barristers. To grow their professional network, a relaxed social event will be held after each talk.
Attendees will receive 0.5 CPD points in the Practice Legal Ethics category.
2017, Lecture one
The lecture will be delivered by President Fleur Kingham, Land Court of Queensland who will present on "Maximising your impact as an advocate: A view from the bench."
Thursday 2 March | 6 – 7.30pm, Law Society House, Brisbane
2016, Lecture one
The inaugural lecture, was held on Tuesday 25 October and delivered by Her Honour Chief Justice Catherine Holmes, who spoke about the future of advocate’s immunity following the High Court’s decision in Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Ltd, a subject of importance to all lawyers commencing their professional journey. The series will continue early next year.