Tasmanian research on women lawyers

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Tired ofWills and probate? Getting stressed with multi-million dollar litigation? Why not come on down and be a volunteer with the Darwin Community legal Service. Volunteering is fun, varied and rewarding. We are looking for Solicitors to take part in our advice sessions. We run three sessionsper week: Palmerston Monday nights - 6.30pm to 8pm Darwin Thrusday evenings - 5.30pm to 7pm Casuarina Saturday morning - 10am tol2noon. If you become a volunteer you would be rostered on at the venue of your choice once a month. Ifyou would like to volunteer please ring Colleen on 413394. ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ & & & 4) # # & Advocacy Skills Workshop ALICE SPRINGS 31 May - 2 June 1996 The Australian Advocacy Institute will present an advocacy skills workshop at the Court House in Alice Springs. Communication skills are one of the most important tools to achieve success in the courtroom. This course provides the opportunity to improve these skills in a supportive and learning environment. The Workshop will be led by Brian Donovan QC ofthe NSW Bar who has over 15 years extensive advocacy teaching experience in Australia, England, Scotland, Singapore and Bangladesh. The registration fee for this three day course is $450.00. Phone the Law Society on 815104 for your registration form. Tasmanian research on women lawyers The Law Letter, newsletter of the Law Society of Tasmania, reports that the Women Lawyers Association of Tasmania has obtained a grant from the Law Foundation ofTasmaniato research career paths of women lawyers in Tasmania. The research is aimed attracking the careers of women law graduates over the last 25 years. In light of a recent study in NSW identifying gender bias in the legal profession as a main reason why women are not represented in greater numbers at senior levels, this Tasmanian study hopes to "identify influences on the career paths ofwomen lawyers in Tasmania and propose strategiesto address any factors which may be identified as barriers". Women who graduated from the University of Tasmania between 1970 and 1995 with law degrees and who are not currently practising are asked to contact Jane Goodluck, PO Box 676, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, tel 002 24 0553 with details oftheir address and date of graduation. . Children and the law - inquiry The inquiry into children and the legal process currently being undertaken by the Australian Law Reform Commission and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has produced an Issue Paper entitled Speaking for Ourselves. Children andthe legalprocess. The Commissions have supplied the Law Society with a copy and seek any comments and suggestions. Public hearings and consultations will be held in capital cities and major centres during May and July. The intended date for Darwin is 17 July and for Alice Springs is 18 July. Those interested are advised to check local newspapers closer to the date or to contact either Commission for verification. A Rufftime in court StJohn's College narrowly defeated Kormilda College on points in the first scoring round ofthe Inter-school Mock Trial Competition which took place on Wednesday 27 March at the Darwin Magistrates' Court. Both teams put on a sterling performance before Mock Magistrate Elizabeth Morris as they argued the case of Steptoe & Son v Rufus Diamond. The case was a dispute between two one-time mates over repayment of a loan and payment for a non-functioning stereo. Kormilda argued for the plaintiff, one Fraser Henchman, a second-hand goods dealer played very shadily by Cherie Cooper. Kormilda barristers Katie Burke and Tamara Johansen, (ably assisted by solicitor Luke Andrews) presented their own evidence with aplomb, but had the very difficult task of cross-examining the elusive Rufus (Ruff to his mates) Diamond. Mr Diamond, owner of a Top End bar and self confessed Lee Kemaghan fan was played almost too well by Peter Walker of St John's College. Troy Roberts and Richard Griffith were effective and hard-hitting defence barristers for St John's and worked well in their roles. Mock Magistrate Morris decided the case for the plaintiff in the matter of payment for the non-functioning stereo - caveat emptor, Ruff must pay up. In the matter ofthe $ 10,000 loan she was persuaded that Ruff should have time to pay. In Alice Springsthe two teams from St Philip's College argued the same case with Mock Magistrate Murray Preston deciding for the plaintiff, whose case was argued by St Philip's Team 1. The two St Philip's teams will continue to square off in the coming rounds. Competition forwho will face whom at the Grand Final on 6 June hots up as the teams now prepare to argue the second round on 27 April - a civil case involving a rather interesting tattoo. April 1996