Queensland Law Society


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 two 

The lecture was delivered by The Honourable Margaret McMurdo AC, Former President, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland on Advocacy Inside & Outside the Courtroom.

2017, Lecture one

Lecture one of 2017 was held on Thursday 2 March and delivered by President Fleur Kingham, Land Court of Queensland. President Kingham spoke on "Maximising your impact as an advocate: A view from the bench."