Queensland Law Society

President's update

President's Update

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ―Isaac Asimov

Ah, wisdom; we all gather some as we move through life, and one of the few benefits of getting older is that your store  of wisdom grows. Of course, that presents the question: what do you do with all this wisdom? Hoard it like a greedy dragon’s treasure, never seeing the light of day and known only to the one who hoards it?

That is not the wisest use of wisdom, I think, and a better one is to share it. The great thing about wisdom is it doesn’t diminish when you share it; indeed, it increases. It is with that line of thinking that I note the 2019 Senior Counsellors Conference is upon QLS, and it is a good time for me to stop and thank our Senior Counsellors.

Our Senior Counsellors provide an excellent service, complementing our Ethics Call Centre by providing their wisdom on the sort of strange professional issues that crop up from time to time. They do this 100% confidentially, and free to our members. The list of Senior Counsellors is impressive, with many of the leading lights of our profession giving up their time for the service, and I salute and thank them for their efforts. Asimov’s words above ring as true now as they did when he said them, and by preserving and passing on their wisdom our senior counsellors make an effort to address the imbalance of which he spoke; it is a noble pursuit.

Another conference is coming up soon as well—our Government Lawyers Conference, which is on 13 September. The role of solicitors in government is becoming ever more important, and government law is one of the profession’s greatest areas of growth. Solicitors in government face unique challenges and despite the absence of the dreaded timesheet, still face the same workload pressures and high expectations as are found in the private profession.

This conference has a broad programme well-designed to give government solicitors the tools and resources to meet these challenge and discharge their often complex duties. I urge anyone in government law (and anyone who wants to understand government lawyers) to get along to the conference, which has grown to become one of the Society’s most popular events.

Another great event coming up soon is our Celebrate, Recognise and Socialise, where we acknowledge membership milestones and applaud the efforts of long-standing QLS members. The upcoming one is the Brisbane one—I have been fortunate to also attend these in the regions, most recently in Kingaroy—and will be held on 19 September, which by happy coincidence is also International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Not only is this a great cause, it gives me the chance to have some fun with the speech, and any scurvy coves who don’t want to join in may have to walk the plank like the lubbers they arrrh!

Until next time,

Bill Potts, QLS President

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