Queensland Law Society

President’s update

Christine Smyth

Tonight I will be presenting 25 and 50-year membership pins to Queensland Law Society members in Brisbane at Law Society House.

Reaching 25 years of dedication to a profession is very admirable; notching up a half century is truly remarkable.

These days that kind of achievement is unheard of many industries. We seem to live in a world in which people are always moving up, moving on or moving out.

To be able to say that one has been committed to not only a profession but also supporting their membership body for 25 or 50 years deserves acknowledgement from their peers and I view it as a privilege to be able to publicly recognise our members’ commitment to our profession and the Society.

 While I will congratulate all our recipients tonight, here I will single out our 50-year veterans for special mention:

  • William Delaney of Delaney & Delaney.
  • John Ker of de Groots Wills & Estate Lawyers
  • Michael Meadows of K&L Gates
  • Gino Milani of Deacon & Milani
  • John Nagel of John Nagel & Co.
  • Brian Ward of Creevey Russell Lawyers

Back in 1967, as these practitioners began their careers:

  • Aboriginal people were given the right to be counted in the national census following a national referendum
  • Ronald Ryan became the last person hanged in Australia, and
  • the Prime Minister, Harold Holt, disappeared while swimming in heavy surf near Portsea in Victoria.

No doubt the then junior lawyers were humming along to Sadie the Cleaning Lady, the first hit single for Australian icon John Farnham. And a quarter century ago, our 25-year pin recipients would have been tapping their feet to Billy Ray Cyrus’ Achy Breaky Heart – or possibly not.

We aim to include these pin presentations at events across Queensland, and last week I appreciated the opportunity to congratulate other long-serving members, presenting more 25-year pins at our Law in the Tropics event in Port Douglas.

While this two-day Roadshow had a relaxed tropical ‘vibe’ to it, attendees were highly engaged in the comprehensive professional development program and eager to participate in sessions that spanned insolvency law, risk management, court applications, succession and family law, personal injuries, ethics and much more.

Social highlights included our poolside party and Roadshow debate, kindly chaired by Justice Henry of the Supreme Court, on ‘Lawyers are tougher in the tropics’. Sadly for those of us in Queensland’s southern regions, affirmative team speakers Spencer Browne and Dylan Carey successfully made their case. (I suspect judicial bias, but no correspondence will be entered into on this one!)

Thank you to all those who presented, attended or organised, making this another successful event.

Christine Smyth

QLS president